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.