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Shoes and Craft

A shoemaker's blog about shoemaking

Let’s talk about this a little bit. Why we have to see all the layers? Maybe it is a mold shoe heel, so they just want to fake leather layers – in this case it isn’t our business. But sometimes our handmade end up like this. What we can do against it?

For those tiny little lines – well, the thick glue is responsible. If you used glue – well you can’t get rid of it so much. The glue is really soft and flexible in the same time leather layers are hard – guess which layer will be sanded off earlier? Yes – the leather and the cement stays, Thats why you see it. Is there a solution for this tiny detail? And anyway do tiny little details do matter? Let me answer the second question first: yes. Those make these handmade shoes so awesome.

But the other answer is way more interesting: and that is the old way technique – wooden pegs and paste. You can actually build up a heel without any synthetic cement, so you won’t incorporate any glue layers between the rather ones. Isn’t it easy? (no).

Check the this gallery and feel free to try – it isn’t that difficult as it seems.

ps. We will learn later how to finish that edge glass shiny I promise.

oh.. before I forget. The propotion between the awl and the peg is very important. it should look ilk this:

As we don’t have 3 different sizes from the pegging awls, we use a leather piece to adjust the lenght.

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