how to make sneakers

Sneaker Shoemaking Kit

This project will take you approximately 8 hours to make from start to finish. The shoemaking tutorial is designed for total beginners to make from home.

To watch the tutorial, you will need to purchase the sneaker shoemaking kit.💗

Before you start:

Before you get started making your sneakers, I'd recommend you watch through the whole video tutorial below (at least once) BEFORE you start making anything.

All of the shoemaking components are included in your kit, the only additional tools you'll need are:

  • Eyelets for the laces (optional but recommended).
  • Domestic flatbed sewing machine.
  • Small jar to decant the glue.
  • Safety beveler / skiving knife.
  • Heat gun.
  • Leather hole punch.

Step 1 - Use your sneaker pattern to cut out the leather and lining pieces, remember to flip the pattern to get left and right feet.

Follow along with the video instructions to piece together your uppers, stitching the pieces in place as you go. Once complete you can punch the soles for the laces and insert eyelets (if desired) and go ahead and lace up the shoes.

IMPORTANT REMINDER - This glue is a contact adhesive which means that it must be on both sides that you stick together and it also needs time to dry BEFORE you stick it down.

Step 2 - Cover your padded insoles using the soft lambskin lining leather found in your kit. Make sure to trim the base completely flat, you may need to use a safety beveller or a sharp craft knife to skive down some of the bulk underneath.

Step 3 - Attach the insoles to the base of the shoemaking lasts using masking tape and glue around ther base of the insole and the lasting allowance of the inside of your lining. Once the glue has had a moment to dry, stretch the uppers (this process is called "lasting") over the lasts and stick the lining in place under the insoles. Trim away any excess.

Step 4 - Next you can insert your stiffeners using your heat gun. Trim any excess.

Step 5 - Next you can last the upper layer and glue in place. Trim any excess.

Step 6 - Set the sneakers aside and start to prepare the sneaker soles, by marking your stitch holes 1cm apart and punching the holes with the smallest hole on your leather hole punch.

Step 7 - Using the speedy stitcher in your kit, you can stitch through the sneaker sole holes into the sneaker itself which will securely hold the sneaker sole in place on the shoe.

TOP TIP - I recommend you stitch around the heel of the shoe first rather than the toe first, this just seems to fit better at the end.

I recommend you watch through this whole video (at least once) BEFORE you start making anything.

Ok, let's do this!

To watch the tutorial below, you will need to purchase the sneaker shoemaking kit.

Watch the tutorial ⬇️

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meet your tutor

Hi, I'm Amanda!

I launched I Can Make Shoes (A home shoemaking school) back in 2010 with one goal - To make shoemaking an 'at-home' craft which could be done by complete beginners.

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