In January of 2014, I took a week long class on making women's pumps. Here you will find the ongoing chronicle of my shoe projects - the successes, the failures, the experiments. Occasionally, if I'm not working on shoes, I may also show some of my other art or craft projects here. Comments and questions welcome!
Monday, July 3, 2017
Shoe School! Laughing Crowe and Internal Stitchdown
Finally - another shoe post!
In late April, I made it to Portland to study with Jason Hovatter at Laughing Crowe. Jason does a variety of non-lasted shoe techniques, and is a real innovator and super nice guy. I met him at the footwear makers' symposium last June, and was very excited to take his class. Lucky me, nobody else signed up for that session, so I got a *private* class!
This is his own construction method, that he invented. Sort of like a stitchdown, it turns the upper to the inside, instead of the outside. Here's what we did in class....
Casting the foot in duct tape, and drawing the design:
Cutting the insole and making channels for the stitching, and punching the stitchig holes themselves
Cutting, skiving, punching and sewing the uppers; adding reinforcement where needed:
Stitching the uppers to the insole:
At this point, the shoes were soaked in water and given some vigorous shaping, and put in a dehydrator to dry back out. Then, I added a layer of foam, for cushion, and a purchased sole. Those were then trimmed, and laces added.
These are pretty comfortable. I think there's still room for tinkering, to get the super comfy walking shoe I'm looking for in the long run. But these are a huge step in that direction!