Fortunately for me, Sara, at Chicago School of Shoemaking turned her 40+ years of experience making shoes into a studio and classroom where she shares her experience working with leather and teaches aspiring shoe makers. Meg and I cut our teeth earlier this year. We took an intro to leather course and made ourselves clutches. Before we had finished that first lesson, we had our minds set on the sandal making course, and we convinced Liz to join us! (We're terrible influences on each other... terrible!)
Next, we began to cut straight strips of leather in various widths. Using our outlines and strips, we created a pattern and design for our sandals. That right, each person created her own design! Pretty cool.