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Make Your Own Barefoot Boots

Make Your Own Barefoot Boots
November 9, 2019 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
Montague Common Hall
34 Main Street
Montague, MA

NOFA Members: $90 / Non-members: $125*

Materials Fee: $65 CASH

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*Potluck Lunch

Come learn how to make your own short boots from start to finish. Each participant will craft a pair of custom sized leather minimalist style ankle boots. These flat soled boots have no arch support, are very flexible like many barefoot shoes and are great for your next adventure. Our instructor Sarah Shields, will instruct us on the proper use of some simple hand tools during the process of making ‘Farm Shoes’; she says anyone can do it with a little strength (for punching holes) and patience (sewing).  Participants can choose their leather from the available materials, cut their own custom patterns, meet new people and unplug in a creative and relaxed environment. At the end of the day attendees leave with a custom pair handmade leather boots, suggestions for further sourcing of tools and materials, a template for the boots, and the skills to make more. 

This class is limited to a small number of people. There will be three dedicated instructors with us throughout the day to guide the participants through the process and give personalized help with points of confusion or difficulty. Shoes can be made for any size foot. Restricted to participants ages 9 and up. The course is capped at 16 participants, so register now! 

The registration fee does not include the cost of materials.   Please bring $65 CASH, no checks.


9:00am - Welcome and Introductions 
9:30am - Overview and Choose Leather
10:00am - Transfer Patterns to Leather and Cut 
11:00am - Mark, Punch and Begin Sewing Uppers
Noon - Potluck Lunch*
1:00pm - Finish Sewing Sides and Back
2:00pm - Punching the Soles
3:00pm - Stitching Soles 
6:00pm - Wrap Up & Thank You 

*In order to keep this event affordable for our participants, lunch for this event is potluck-style. Participants are expected to bring a food item to contribute, their own utensils and a list of ingredients to accommodate those with food sensitivities.

About the Instructors

Sarah Shields is the owner of Birch Moon Herbals & Farm Shoes Handmade. Sarah is an artist, herbalist and mother. She has been a shoemaker and shoemaking teacher for nearly 10 years and has been studying herbal medicine for over 20 years. Sarah loves making new patterns for practical shoes, clothes and bags, as well as farming, cooking, drawing and graphic design. She has 2 amazing teenagers. You can connect with her on Instagram @farmshoeshandmade.

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For questions contact Doug Cook, Education Events Coordinator, at or (603) 969-8195.

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