Sandals for a Pal

I made these for my buddy Abby. She lives 8 or 10 hours away in Columbus and I wasn’t able to custom fit her. Despite that, they fit. Hurrah for lasts!

Abby

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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.