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Sandal Making Workshop at Santa Barbara, CA at Make Smith on Sunday, March 24th 2019

Sandal Making Workshop at Santa Barbara, CA at Make Smith on Sunday, March 24th 2019


Make sandals at one of Stace’s favorite leather venues in California, Make Smith, where we will spend the day crafting our very own pair of handmade leather sandals. Steven Soria’s retail space/workshop is so inspiring to work in, and his leather knowledge runs deep - he’s a third generation leather craftsman. Stace learns something new every time she’s there.

Handcrafting leather sandals is a traditional way of shoemaking that has been practiced for centuries all around the world. Come learn how to do this special craft yourself!  No experience is necessary, and Stace will provide all the tools & supplies you’ll need.  See photos of past workshops & student-made sandals HERE and read student testimonials HERE

In this workshop you will learn to make your own custom pair of sandals made from sturdy leather soles & heels and supple leather straps and insoles.  Together we will explore the sandal-making process, from cutting the straps to fitting them to your own feet.

We will reference a handful of simple sandal designs as a jumping off point for making your pair of dream sandals. You can choose to keep it simple and make a design as-is, or modify & customize your design to your heart’s content! If you are set on creating a specific design, we can usually make it happen.

I’ll bring the basic leather colors: black, espresso, caramel, and natural vegetable tanned leather, as well as an assortment of colorful leather to use for your straps, embellishments and design elements on your sandals.

At the end of the day we will sand down the edges, refining the fit and finishing your sandals.  You will be able to walk away from the workshop in your custom handmade sandals! Stace will also provide you with an outline of the sandal making process and a list of suppliers if you’d like to continue with sandal making.


What we will make: Leather sole sandals with a 0.5” heel, a round toe, and leather uppers

Where: Make Smith, 135 E. De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA

When: Sunday March 24, 2019 from 11:00am-4:00pm (some of you may finish a little earlier or a little later).  We will take about 30 minutes for a lunch break

What to bring: working hands and outfits!  We will be cutting, kneeling, bending and standing during the sandal making process so wear something comfortable.  It’s best to wear sandals as we will be getting in and out of shoes during the fitting process. If you would like to try out using the belt sander, it’s a good idea to bring a dust mask.

Fee: $220, includes everything you need to walk away with your very own pair of handmade sandals!  All tools, leather, patterns, supplies, and materials will be provided.

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