This post is very special for me. I already showed you the first vegan boots I made in England, this time I bring you my first animal free sneakers, with photos of the process step by step. This summer I decided that it was time to really learn how to make shoes and I went to Barcelona where I learned a lot from the artisan Christian Romero, an artisan who really loves his way of life.
I really liked the design process and choosing the fabrics, it is a process that requires time and creativity. When we have thought and outlined our design it is time to start making it real. The first thing we have to do is taping the last, marking the meetings and the height of the heel, and drawing a some basic lines.
We copy thid on double kraft paper, adapting it and adding margins, creating a kind of glove that fits perfectly to the last. We adjust this cover and develop our own design taking into account certain points on which we work.
Once we have our design ready we will adapt it to a flat pattern and we will work on the different parts of the shoe separately as if it were a puzzle in which all the pieces must fit.
We are cutting the fabrics, reinforcements and lining according to the patterns and preparing them for the next step. We have to sew the parts with a lot of care so that we have a uniform stitching that outlines the margins well.
Assemblig the shoe is quite complex, you have to be patient and work with care to get a good result.
We put the insole on the last and we go assembling the cut, stretching it in several steps, nailing nails in the contour of the sole and sticking it in parts.
Once we have it ready, we fill the center of the sole with cork to make it flat.
The sole is also made manually by sanding a series of layers until reaching the desired shape.
Finally we left the shoes in their lasts for about three days to settle well.
Here you have the final result, this is a simplified summary but I hope it helps you to understand better the complex process behind the handmade footwear, many hours of work and dedication to create something unique made with love.
What do you think? Do you like this sneakers style?
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