Shoe Making Materials + Where to Purchase Them

Shoe Making Materials + Where to Purchase Them

Starting out on your home shoe making journey can be a daunting task for a beginner. We have compiled a bunch of suppliers for all the materials you will need below to get you started!

The below are the base materials you will need for making your own sandals.

  • Upper Leather (1.4-2mm thickness)
  • Lining Leather (0.6mm thickness)
  • EVA Insole Foam (3-4mm)
  • Leather Randing
  • Resin Soles x 2 (3mm thickness)
  • Resin Combination Heels x 2 (6mm total thickness)
  • Aquilim 315 Glue (125ml)
  • Brushes (small + large)
  • Chinagraph Tracing Pencil (white)
  • Buckles 16-18mm (only required for some styles)
  • Harness Needle Size 1 (only required for some styles)
  • Waxed Cotton Thread 1mm thickness (only required for some styles)

The below are some common handy items you may require
Check out our Journal Shoe Making Tools + Where to Purchase Them for more speciality tools

  • Scissors (for cutting leather - Mandel or Kasser are some of the suitable options)
  • Shears (for cutting through heavy materials, i .e. leather soles & heels)
  • Hammer (standard household will be suitable)
  • Measuring tape
  • Paper or light cardboard
  • Pen/pencil
  • Sandpaper (80-120 grit i s suitable)
  • Gas lighter (to melt the wax thread)


This is not an exhaustive list, but should definitely sort you out when sourcing your own shoemaking tools and materials!

Suppliers in Australia


Suppliers in New Zealand

Suppliers in United States

Suppliers in United Kingdom

Suppliers in Europe

Suppliers in Asia


We hope this list of supplies + suppliers can help you out on your home shoe making journey! 

xx Ali, Charlie + Lisa

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