I’ve been toying with making a pair of stitch-down sandal shoes ala Alan James Raddon but I could never figure out how to get the toe strap adjusted so it would be comfortably snug but not too tight. When I need a solution to a problem, I’ve learned to just let things ferment. Today I think I’ve found the answer.
I was researching shoe making stuff and in a search on lasts shoes DIY I ran into a forum that led me to a website that had this picture. The site is SixSmith.org, a company that makes custom lasts and hold workshops on shoe making.
For making my own pair of sandal shoes, my brain was firmly fastened on sewing the outside first and I couldn’t figure out now to get the strap length right. Duh. This is just a little too obvious. <rolls eyes at self>. Sew the inside first!
In my weekly conversation with our son, I talked about what I’ve been doing to get lasts that would help me produce a better fitting shoe. We’ve thrown a lot of ideas back and forth and it’s gelling. We’ll see how it goes.