This weekend I took a shoe making class at the Textile Arts Center.
We made traditional North American moccasins using a pattern in this book.
We made a pattern based on our foot by tracing our foot and then adding in measurements for the width and height. Then we made practice shoes from our pattern out of felt. In order to get the correct fit we had to stitch the felt together and then adjust where needed in order to get the proper fit. Once the felt was the proper fit the pattern was adjusted accordingly. The next day we cut out our leather and stitched up our shoes by punching holes in the leather and stitching with 2 needles and waxed linen cord.