custom molded sandals from full length custom orthotics

Posted on Nov 23, 2013 in Blog, custom shoes, orthopedic shoes, sandals
custom molded sandals from full length custom orthotics

I will take the exam to become a Certified Pedorthist in a couple of months, after I finish accruing the thousand hours of practicum work required. This has taken me a while–it’s been difficult to manage my custom shoe workload along with adding in the hours of shadowing two talented and giving certified pedorthists in the area. Somehow along the way I found the time to turn a pair of custom molded orthotics into a pair of sandals. I wore them around this summer A LOT.

Below are the materials I used for the orthotics, fresh out of the vaccuum forming machine.…

Toebiter tabi slippers, and thoughts on going barefoot

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 in Blog, tabi socks

toebitA few years ago, a friend gave me a pair of traditional Japanese carpenter shoes (jika-tabi), made of cotton fabric, with a split toe and thin rubber soles. Winter was coming, so I thought only of encasing my bony cold feet in warm wool to ward off frostbite while at home in my 1885 brick row house in New England. I’ve since made a ton of these felted tabi slippers (Toebiters) for myself, friends, and others who buy them at my shop on Etsy. I think of them as deconstructionist-influenced and pretty crafty. Martin Margiela meets Commes des Garcons at Frenchy’s.…

hand stitched welted shoes

hand stitched welted shoes

What is involved in making a pair of handmade welted shoes? Here is a photo of the hand-stitched seam binding a leather strip (the welt) to the insole through the leather “uppers”. A curved awl is used to punch the holes through this thick leather. The seam is sewn with one continuous waxed thread. Sewing in this way uses some strange inner shoulder muscles, as the pulls to get the seam nice and tight require a lot of strength.

welt inside

This next photo shows the welt sticking out from under the bottom of the shoe, ready to have the sole attached and then sewn together.…