Making shoes is no easy task, so when we get emails from people saying they have made shoes on their own from our blog and from videos online, we are absolutely delighted.
So, what do we have for you this week? Well, we have some new products on our Tool Shed online tool shop
Due to popular demand, we have introduced shoe covers. Specially made for footwear, these covers are really easy to use. You simply heat them up with a hair dryer and slip them over your lasted uppers. As the plastic cools, it shrinks into place. We like to run a line of clear tape around the feather edge for more protection
|A Pair of Shoe Covers - £2.75 per pair|
They are great for protecting delicate or pale leathers which are easily marked or stained. They also work really well for fabric shoes
Please take a look at this post for detailed images on how to use them
And check out this video on Youtube on how to use them (the file was too big for Blogger to handle!)
They cost £2.75 per pair and are available in 2 sizes from the Tool Shed
- Medium UK sizes 6 to 9
- Large UK sizes 9 to 13
Do you have trouble lasting around the toe or the heel? Too much leather? Can't get in between the nails to get rid of those little creases?
We have the answer - our narrow nosed lasting pliers.
These are a great piece of kit. Really well balanced in the hand, they have long handles for extra grip, helped by the sharp teeth in the jaws which grip even the smallest piece of leather, Finally the keyed hammering foot does not slip off the nails
They cost £73 and are well worth the investment
Lastly, we have the big brother of the narrow nosed lasting pliers. Aimed at more advanced shoemakers, these lasting pliers are the best we have found. With the same attributes as their smaller sibling, they are the ones we use - I have had mine for 18 years and they are still going strong with no sign of wear.
They cost £79 and you will definitely not find a better pair
So, if you need these or any other shoemaking tools, lasts, or leather, please take a look at the Tool Shed
We ship anywhere in the world
And that's about it for this week, so, until next Friday, happy shoemaking!