I picked up a DIY Sneaker kit from Lonsdale Leather (just a few blocks from the Cook Street space we used to be in) and thought I’d share. The kit is very easy to make and requires interest more than skill. If you get their deluxe kit, the only things you need to provide are laces, a hammer, and a sharp knife (box cutter works fine) You’ll need to use a hole puncher, a knife, and a sewing needle, and it took me an afternoon/evening to make the pair. The soles are flat rubber like you’d expect to see in a “skater shoe” like Vans or Converse, and the sizing for mine were spot on but if you wear thick socks or plan on adding an inner lining maybe buy one size up.
9/10, will definitely make again. I plan on buying another set of the soles and drafting my own pattern for round two, but the free included patterns were super easy to make and look decent. Here is my first stab at making a shoe using their “hightop” pattern with an added heel loop and optional brass eyelets for the laces:
This is the “Montana” leather from Lonsdale Leather in burgundy, the tongue and loop are the same leather, just suede side out for a little contrast. I bought 2sqft and had a bunch left over, but not sure if you could pull it off on 1sqft