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Internal Stitchdown Boot | October 2019
October 3 @ 9:00 am - October 6 @ 5:00 pm$275 – $550
This is a 4-day shoemaking class in which each student will build a custom pair of internal stitchdown work boots with cushioned Vibram outsoles.
In this and every class, we begin by making a casting of your foot (they will truly be custom built). We’ll discuss the past 200,000 years of footwear evolution then move on to patterning and leather selection, cutting and skiving, then stitching and assembly. We will be using industrial, walking-foot and post-bed sewing machines in this class to assemble the uppers. Some sewing machine experience is helpful but not required. Once the upper and sole are attached, we move onto closure, finishing, and finally attaching and trimming the soles.
We cover a wide assortment of leather working techniques, tools and how to use them as well as methods for gaining leverage so you don’t wear your body out over time. At the heart of what I’m really sharing are a few simple methods of attaching the upper to the sole using the barest few specialized hand tools possible in an effort to make the process more accessible and repeatable at home.
I usually wear mine while adventuring in field and forest, or digging footings for fence posts. They’re my work boots. That being said, they are quite comfortable too!
This pair of shoes could easily last you for the rest of your life if well taken care of!
Space is limited to 5 students per class, and they fill quickly.
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