While studying sustainable bespoke shoemaking with Anne Marika Verpolegh Chasse, I struggled with hand welting techniques. While wet-molding the soles in preparation for welting, however, I noticed that the steel lasting nails were staining the damp leather when they were left in contact with each other overnight. Inspired by the idea of combining my training as a metalsmith with my passion for shoemaking, I developed a process for using iron oxides to color vegetable tanned leather and created this pair of minimal slip-ons using all-natural materials and dyes.
Images from the making process: Green oxides on a piece of salt-etched copper, examples of lasting nails staining the insoles, iron oxide pour-off, and application of dye on the slippers
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Iron-Dyed Shoes
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Iron-Dyed Shoes

While studying sustainable bespoke shoemaking with Anne Marika Verpolegh Chasse, I struggled with hand welting techniques. While wet-molding the Read More
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