Samples

Yahoo! I’ve been selected as a vendor for The Big Day indie wedding and celebrations fair! It takes place next Sunday, April 13. These are the sample sandals I’ve been madly working to finish. Now that they’re done, it’s on to business cards. Remind me why I thought it would be a good idea to make those myself instead of having them printed?

Oh, right…because I’m slightly nuts.

Sample sandals 1

Sample sandals 3

Back to Work!

After a looong hiatus, I’m back in the workshop. Not only is spring starting (I’m already back to wearing sandals–surely with 10 toes there’s a few to spare, I can afford to lose one or two to the cold!), but I’m on the verge of turning this endeavor into a business. I’ve worked at Lark Books for 11 years, but a few weeks ago management announced they’re closing our office on May 2, and all subsequent work will be done out of the NYC office. So come May 5, sandals become my job!

I’m therefore working on improving my construction method. I’ve decided to build them the way I was taught to build shoes, which means around a last practically every step of the way, and that requires slightly altering the way I attach the straps. In order to experiment with that but keep it speedy, I decided to use a strap design I knew I didn’t have to figure out–the very first one I ever made, out of the Jonathon Erving book. Remember those primitive suckers? (No? Click here.) Check out how they can look with a few refinements.

Almost completed. Still need to finish the edges, as well as attach a wee heel and a buckle--oh, I ordered rectangular shoe buckles in gunmetal, they're so pretty. This will be the first time I use buckles!

Almost completed. Still need to finish the edges, as well as attach a wee heel and a buckle–oh, I ordered rectangular shoe buckles in gunmetal, and they’re so pretty. This will be the first time I use buckles!

Notice here on these old sandals how there's a lip of topsole leather on the outside of the hole punched for the strap.

So what’s the difference in the construction method? It’s subtle. Notice here on these old sandals how there’s a lip of topsole leather on the outside of the hole punched for the strap.

With the new method I'm trying, there is no lip. Instead, the straps exit from an indentation.

With the new method I’m trying, there is no lip. Instead, the straps exit from an indentation in the topsole. So what you’re seeing on the outside of the strap is the sole.

Wing Sandals

In my last post, I showed photos of some mock-ups that were ideation exercises. I really liked one of the concepts and turned it into a real pair of sandals.flip flop 1flip flop 2I would LOVE feedback! Please comment.

Oh, and for those of you who have concerns that stuff might get caught in the extra-long strap and cause tripping, I’ve been wearing these around for a week and I haven’t busted my ass once, so that doesn’t seem to be an issue. In fact, I don’t even think about the fact that these are on my feet. They feel no different to wear than regular flip-flops.

Ideation Exercise

This weekend, I gave myself the assignment to make quick mock-ups over lasts. The idea was to refrain from judgement and see if any ideas came of it. It was a timid start, but maybe in the future I’ll have the courage and imagination to get more wacky.

meh 2

This does nothing for me.

Meh.

Meh.

Excuse me, my 80s are showing.

Excuse me, my 1980s are showing.

Now this idea, I like!

Now this concept, I like!

The idea is that while some of the straps are functional and hug the foot, the others escape beyond the boundaries of the foot.

The idea is that while some of the straps are functional and hug the foot, the others escape beyond the boundaries of the body. Ignore the holes in the sole; it was just some old piece of leather I saved for practicing with on occasions just like this.

Here's roughly what that sandal would look like on. Next, I'm going to make a prototype!

Here’s roughly what that sandal would look like on. Next, I’m going to make a prototype! I think I’ll make the outer straps even longer to exaggerate their swoop. Stay tuned.