My vegan sneakers

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sewing the uppers of the sneakers

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.

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Assemblig the sneakers

 

The sole is also made manually by sanding a series of layers until reaching the desired shape.

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Finally we left the shoes in their lasts for about three days to settle well.

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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.

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Happy with my handmade sneakers

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My vegan handmade sneakers

What do you think? Do you like this sneakers style?

 

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I made my own vegan shoes and I want to share with you my experience

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Moretonhampsted, England

Last month I took my first practical step in the world of vegan footwear, something that I had been investigating for a long time and I wanted to work on it with my own hands.

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Green Shoes workshop in Moretonhampsted

My experience took place in the Green Shoes workshop, in Moretonhampsted, England. The workshop is in an old church and the team, with Alison at the front, is very kind and patient.

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Stencils and parts of the boots

The first was to choose the model on which I was going to work, I chose boots and two colors of the same range for their different parts. They work with leather or lorica, which is an Italian material similar to leather but vegan and high quality, I chose this option.

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Tools

These are the tools needed to outline the stencil and lower the edges.

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I am working on the edges

It took me a little to lower the edges, in this material is not easy.

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Sewing in zigzag the heels

We started sewing the part of the heel in zigzag to give it more consistency.

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Sewing the outlines

We proceed to sew the contours, we must be very careful to make the finish good.

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Joining the different parts of the boots

The pieces are joined with a little of glue and then through the sewing machine. This type of footwear is sewn directly to the sole with the help of another machine.

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The boots almost finished

Here you can see the boots almost finished after giving them shape with the lashes, only need to sand and paste the rest of the sole. We had already ran out of the planned time so the boots were left in the workshop and when they were ready they sent them to me by mail.

I must say that the course was very interesting and also a challenge, it made me understand the complex process of handmade shoes. But the most important thing is that it left me the desire to go deeper, so these are the first shoes I have done but will not be the last.

When I received the boots my good friend and photographer Roser Díaz made this beautiful photo shoot. I hope you like it and if you want to know other works by her do not hesitate to go to her website: www.roserdiaz.com

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