A pair of hand crafted flat soled leather boots Stitching on a leather midsole A students finished boot on the Leather Boots Workshop Sizing the upper to the sole Everything cut out and ready to sew Various designs of nearly finished boots Preparing the rubber outsole Fitting the heel section Leather boot construction Leather boot in progress Marking out the cuff stitching Cutting out the pattern Leather stitching kit

Leather Boots Workshop

Spend three days outside in a woodland workshop, hand crafting your own leather flat soled boots.

If you have an interest in self sufficiency and crafts and the idea of hand crafting your own clothing and kit appeals, this three day workshop is for you! These no nonsense, stitch-through, flat soled, sewn in tongue leather boots are made using a soft, flexible but tough grain on leather for the upper, a slightly thicker more durable leather for the stitched on mid-sole and a grippy rubber outsole.

This means that they’ll be lightweight, flexible, extremely packable (as spare footwear on camping trips) and quick drying whilst still being tough as .....well, old boots! Having made them from scratch, means you’ll also be able to mend them and even make more when they (eventually) wear out!

You will be shown how to accurately measure and cut out all the individual pieces for your boots using a pattern made around your own foot.  Leather working and sewing techniques will also be taught, useful skills which can be applied to other future projects. The design and sizing will be based on a typical minimalistic, flat soled ‘foot shaped’ shoe allowing more toe movement for grip along with a minimal sole to ‘read’ the woodland floor whilst quietly walking through the forest.

We’ll be following a standard, tried and tested pattern but this will allow some space for originality. Different coloured leather, mixing and matching colours, lacing loops instead of brass eyelets – the finished footwear will truly be unique to you.

If you’re looking for a different style of handmade soft soled woodland footwear please take a look at our Moccasin Workshop.

The working day will begin at 9am and we’ll down tools at 5pm daily. Please be prepared to stay later if needed.  If you wish to stay locally, the nearest villages to our location are Tisbury, Hindon and Chicklade. If you would like to camp over in the woods, please mention this when you book.

The Leather Boots Workshop is self catered. Please bring enough food for the duration. Hot drinks, fruit and snacks are available all day. Our woodland kitchen has plenty of robust pots and pans for cooking over the campfire, as well as cool boxes and secure containers to store your food. Small, personal camp fires are absolutely fine and fire wood is plentiful and free.

Leather Boots Workshop

Leather Boots Workshop

3 days

05-Oct-2020 to 07-Oct-2020

08-Jul-2020 to 10-Jul-2020

Start 09.00

Finish 17.00


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