$350.00 per person



About this experience

Design and build the leather sandals of your dreams with Rachel Sees Snail Shoes!


Explore every step of the sandal-making process, from customizing your design, to cutting and assembly, attaching the sole, and adding finishing touches using laces and hardware. Rachel will provide a wide selection of leathers for you to choose from, so all you need to bring are your ideas, inspiration photos, and easy on/off shoes.


This class is hard work! Be prepared to use utility knives, adhesive, hammers, wooden mallets, shoe anvils, and to be barefoot often.


In this 7 hour class you will learn:

  • How to customize trusted patterns to suit your feet and design preferences

  • How to cut and assemble the leather pieces using a variety of tools

  • How to pay attention to the fit during the assembly process

  • How to attach the layers to a hand-shaped leather sole

Leave class with your custom sandals and the skills to replicate the process on your own with only a few basic tools!


Your new sandals will be wearable at end-of-day, but it's recommended that you bring them to a cobbler to have the edges finished (this should be about $20). This allows you more time to work on your design and assembly during the day together!


Choose from the following dates by clicking the 'book now' button on the left:

  • Saturday, June 17, 10am-5pm

  • Sunday, June 18, 10am-5pm

Your Host

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Rachel is an artist and shoemaker based in Santa Barbara, CA. She is the author of THE SANDALMAKING WORKSHOP and has been teaching sandalmaking classes for 13 years. She taught herself to make her own shoes after an apartment fire ruined most of her personal shoe collection. She used the singed pairs to learn how they were constructed and used library books from the 1970s as her guides. After a year of working on her bedroom floor remaking old sandals, Rachel Sees Snail Shoes was born in 2010. Her brand is comprised of teaching classes, making DIY kits, and creating special 1-off pairs.