Heeled Sandalmaking Kit by Rachel Sees Snail Shoes
This sandal-making kit contains (nearly) everything you need to make your very own sandals!
Rachel Corry, the creative force behind Rachel Sees Snails Shoes, has thoughtfully assembled these kits which include everything you need to make a pair of leather sandals by hand. Some of these tools and materials can be tricky to source or to buy in small quantities so it has been a dream of hers to prepare these kits for the sandal-curious and to empower would-be shoe makers in taking their first steps into this rewarding and ancient craft!
Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced
This kit contains the materials, tools and instructions to make one pair of sandals in the size of your specific foot!
This kit includes:
• Heavy 8/9oz. top-soling leather (enough for women's sizes 5-12)
• 4/5oz. weight leather for upper straps (approx. 2 square feet)
• Heavy 8/9oz. Soling leather (enough for up to women’s size 12)
• Stacked leather heels 5/8th” height
• 6 “heel nails”
• Round leather laces (about 62")
• 2 "Sam Brown" screw-back studs with instructions
• Leather hole punch
• Scratch Awl
• Olfa brand utility knife with blade (refillable)
• Shoe glue & brush
• 16-page Instruction booklet by Rachel
• Free link to 1-hr instructional video by Rachel
• 3 pages of patterns to use as starting points
• Additional instructions on using leather soles + heels
• Black Fine-Point Sharpie
You may want to purchase a “shoe-anvil”. It isn’t absolutely necessary but it is encouraged.
Does not include: Paper (for making variations on patterns), Scissors (for cutting paper), Tape (plain masking tape to secure the straps while adjusting fit), Hammer.
Also does not include: An electric table-sander to smooth the edges of the finished sandals. There is an easy solution to this, either:
A) Bring your sandals to a local cobbler and ask to have the edges cleaned up. this may cost $10-20 and will establish a nice bond between you and your cobbler.
B) Buy a belt-sander for approximately $100 and make sandals forever! Borrowing or using a friends is always an option, too. Many woodworkers have them. You’re looking for an “electric table-top belt sander” (80 or 100 grit sandpaper) with the sanding belt in the horizontal position.
Based in Portland, OR, Rachel has been teaching sandal-making classes for 10 years. She believes that learning to make sandals is a great first step if you're interested in making your own shoes.
Rachel Sees Snail Shoes began in 2010. Her interest in shoe making was initially sparked after meeting a clog maker in the UK but it wasn't until a fire in her apartment burned all her shoes (!) that she set out to learn to make her own, working to replace her favorite sandals, one pair at a time. She drew upon the wisdom of various shoemakers, cobblers and old books to help her along the way. Her knowledge, expertise and generosity are at your disposal in this user-friendly kit!
Limited edition & artist made
Selected with intention by Emily Katz