Simple and Elegant Handmade Sandals – “The Kristins”
October 3rd, 2015
In my 44 years on Earth – I have learned a few things about sibling relations. An older sister is really not going to dole out compliments to a younger sister nor will she acknowledge that anything the younger sister does is very cool. Ok – at least that’s how it is in my family, which I (as the younger sister) accept and simply turn to other people to feed my need for approval…
Yet, despite understanding the nature of our relationship, and knowing what I was in for, I decided to make my sister a pair of shoes. I figured – if she hated them – at least I would get some solid cobbling experience.
Inspiration struck at a fabulous boutique in downtown Denver, CO. I fell in love with a simple, black, leather slide. I felt that even with my limited cobbling experience, I could make a similar shoe.
For my sister’s pair, I made a few changes. I stained the leather inside a deep burgundy as I felt it would add nice contrast to the black straps. The shoes were actually pretty simple to size. I just borrowed my niece’s feet who wore the same size as her mom. Once again, my dad helped out on the trimming and the sanding at the end.
I was actually pretty surprised by how easy the whole process was. But I was even more surprised by how much my sister liked them. She’s even told me that she’s ready for her next pair!