Hands cutting a template for a shoe sole


instructor: Stace Fulwiler Wood

category: Sandals, leather working, crafts

for: Adults and Teens

price: $190 members, $215 non-members


Learn to make your own pair of handmade leather sandals in this two-part workshop led by Stace Fulwiler Wood. No previous experience necessary, and this class is open to women, men and children as young as 12 (accompanied by an adult).

Leather sandals have been worn for centuries, and for good reason: they are durable, breathable, comfortable, repairable and grow more beautiful with wear and age. Sandalmaking shops once dotted coastal towns throughout California, though this craft has become rare as shoe production has moved away from artisan methods & materials. Stace has been working to revive this craft by teaching sandal making workshops, showing others that they can make their own shoes in one day.

You will start by choosing from a handful of simple, versatile sandal designs. You will learn how to modify the design to fit your unique feet, taking into consideration your bone structure and arch height. You will learn how to shape the leather soles to your arch, attach a stacked leather heel, and use leather-working tools to cut your insoles and straps.

Stace will bring a selection of neutral leather colors (browns, black, tan, caramel) as well as more colorful pieces to accent your sandals. Mixing and matching is encouraged! You will learn how to strategically place your sandal straps to create the most comfortable sandal for your unique foot, and how to select the correct weight of leather for your specific sandal design.

In addition to your handmade sandals, you will also take home an outline of the sandal making process, including a list of local resources for shoemaking if you want to replicate the process at home. Stace will also provide instructions for ‘care and feeding’ of your sandals.

Note: This workshop requires you to kneel, bend, and use arm & hand strength. You will be asked for your sandal size & width upon checkout so Stace can cut your sandal soles ahead of time.

About the teaching artist:

Stace Fulwiler Wood is a sandal maker based in Los Angeles. Driven by sustainability and a ‘less, but better’ approach, she seeks to share the magic of wearing a signature pair of handmade leather sandals. She is interested in the body and the somatic relationship to the garments and accessories we favor over the other items in our closet. Stace began making sandals in 2013 and fell in love with the craft and the process; working to realize ideas using the body, leather, patterns and tools to create something sublime, personal, and evolving. She continues to learn through experimentation with new designs, reading old books, and talking to shoemakers in her travels. Stace teaches sandal making workshops in an effort to revive and demystify the lost art of sandal making, and to enable others to reclaim the joy of using their own two hands (and two feet) to finish a project in one day. Her workshops are open to everyone, however most of her students are women. She loves empowering women to learn the craft of shoemaking; a profession where women are historically underrepresented though they are the primary consumers.

What to bring: Bring a water bottle and snacks to keep you going. It’s best to wear sandals, since we will be getting barefoot during the fitting process. We will be bending, kneeling, and

crouching during the making process so wear clothing that is comfortable to work in. We will use the shoe glue outside, so bring extra sun protection if you prefer.

What we will make: Leather sandals made with round-toe leather soles, a 3/8” stacked leather heel, and leather uppers. There will be approximately 5 sandal designs to choose from.

WHEN: June 11th & 12th, 2020

TIME: 5:30-8pm

PRICE: $190 members, $215 non-members

WHO: Teens & Adults

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If a participant wishes to withdraw from a class, they must do so in writing at least seven days prior to the first class meeting to receive a full refund, less a $25 processing fee. Withdrawals occurring within seven days prior to the first class meeting will receive a refund of 50 percent of the total class fee. No refunds are given to withdrawals that occur 24 hours before the class begins. Transfers are not accepted after a class begins. Membership fees are non-refundable. Please note we are unable to issue cash refunds.