These simple yet eye-catching sandals represent the marriage of uptown chic with downtown style. Called “weekend” sandals, they can be stitched one weekend, dropped at the cobbler on Monday, and worn the following weekend to the farmer’s market or on a dinner date. Stitched in bamboo, silk, and metallic, the shoes are comfortable, classy, and versatile.

Once you’ve stitched the straps you can try making your own sandals or take them to a shoemaker. Most needlepoint shops can also connect you with someone who finishes needlepoint into shoes. Cobblers tend to cost less than upscale needlepoint boutiques, and collaborating with artisans is fun.