Beautiful Moccasins Made By Hand At Home

Beautiful Moccasins Made By Hand At Home


Shopping for shoes is a necessary evil for some, and an addiction a hobby for others. Still others, presumably a small minority, choose to instead make their own shoes. The creator of this pair claims to not be a cobbler or much of a leather worker, but “simply started making shoes one day.” Apparently amateur-cobbling is an interesting hobby, as this is the seventh pair to come out of his workshop.

The process, which is painstakingly documented in the link above, starts with a piece of leather and a wooden shoe form known as a “last.” Soles made out of compressed leather are cut to fit the form, then more leather is sewn onto the sole. This leather is formed into the body of the shoe in a style called “true-moc”, where the body is constructed by folding one piece around the foot.

After the body is formed, the lengthy process of forming, cutting, burnishing, gluing, and sewing the leather continues, which eventually becomes the shoe that you see in the gallery below. Although they are termed moccasins, I appreciate how non-traditional materials, like a rubber sole, and grommets for the laces are added to make something truly unique. Although the author claims they aren’t as good as professionally-produced shoes, they’re certainly better than something I could construct.


5 thoughts on “Beautiful Moccasins Made By Hand At Home

  1. WingDQ says:

    What a wasted opportunity. The moccasins were made on lasts that is in no way shaped like a pair of normal human feet. 99.99% of shoes are made with such a narrow toe box that is squeezes toes together instead of letting them spread out naturally. All in the name of convention and fashion. It’s no wonder why people have gait, back and feet problems.

    1. Ernst Read says:

      do this kind of object reach a better opportunity ?

      1. WingDQ says:

        They would if they are made to fit your feet comfortably without squeezing it into unnatural shapes. I have a pair of Xero barefoot sandals I “made” myself by cutting the sole, punching the strap holes and making the strap.

      2. Johnny Gnash says:

        Those look pretty good. Were the materials hard to find?

  2. Johnny Gnash says:

    Nice! I have never seen such a finished pair of moccasins online before. Finding a last can’t have been easy. Anyway, the shoes look great!

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Jeremy is an engineer with 10 years experience at his full-time profession, and has a BSME from Clemson University. Outside of work he’s an avid maker and experimenter, building anything that comes into his mind!

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