People love leather boots, because of their benefits, design, and ease of use. We often buy new shoes, wear them and throw them away.
But you ever thought about how it feels, if you make your own boots and wear them regularly?
Leather boots come with so many health benefits for their breathability and water-resistant feature. Also, they are comfortable, durable and strong enough for longer use.
Here I am going to list a few basic steps of making a leather boot yourself.
Materials You Need
- Surgical Knife
- A Ruler
How to Make Leather Boots Yourself?
Start with A Specific Concept:
Starting with a concept is necessary. Because this will help you to stay focus on your goal. You can easily set the next steps and perform according to your plan.
You will find several types of leather boots are available on the market. Think about which type of boots are attracting you most. Then take a paper and sketch it on the paper. Always consider the boots which will be comfortable to your feet.
Casting Feet into the Mold:
You may want the leather boots to resemble your feet which may touch the ground. If so, then place the feet into a box. Make sure that the foot is covered with mold halfway up the ankle.
If you don’t have sufficient mold to cover, anything to worry about here. Just put some napkins to the area which will help to fill the mold. Then wait for twenty minutes. In this period, the alginate will be solidified into powerful jelly.
Cut the Leather into Fabrics:
Now you have your personal design to follow. Use the design and take a surgical knife to cut the essential sections of leather. Taking help from a ruler or a protractor will be beneficial for you as they will help you with the incisions.
It will be better if you leave one-inch extra material at the bottom of the boot as you have already cut the pattern. Look after the measurement of the leather which you have cut. The right measurement of the leather will give you the best leather boots.
Stitch the Pieces Together Very Carefully:
The next thing you need to accomplish is stitching the pieces. When doing this, please be very careful and keen. Don’t try to stitch faster. Perform slowly!
If stitching is bad, then the look of the boots will be very bad and all your hard work will be in vain. If this is your first boot making project, keep your attention high. So don’t rush to stitch. Over a period of time, you will be able to hone your skill and stitch perfectly.
The Cutting of Outsole:
The sole is the indication of the durability of leather boots. So carefully select the sole. It is okay if you buy pre-fabricated sole and nothing to worry about in this process. You can use cork because it is waterproof and has good cushioning if you are making home-made leather boots.
Stich the Pieces Together:
It won’t work if you stitch the pieces together directly on the sole. In order to stick the pieces to your sole, you have to collect quality shoe glue. Apply the glue slowly. Always use the right adhesive for the leather boots.
Remove the Excess Fabrics:
When you have stitched the pieces together, just cut off the excess pieces. To shave the fabric off, use a good utility knife for the best result. Carefully cut off the fabrics. It is very crucial because if done in the wrong way, it will ruin the appearance of the boots.
Now your leather boots are nearly complete. Add some decorative touches. If you are making leather boots from home, you can get the chance of giving a personal touch to the footwear. You can also do this after completing the leather boot.
Making a leather shoe is not complex enough. You just need enough skill and regular practice for making your own leather boots. Carefully add finishing touches and don’t add the things which can ruin the boot. I mentioned a few regular shoemaking materials, you can use them to make the boots perfect for you.