Complete your handmade wardrobe with your very own pair of hand stitched, leather or canvas trainers! This kit includes:
- A pair of new-style SneakerKit white rubber soles and insoles in your chosen size (sizes are unisex)
- Waxed cotton thread
- Long leather needle
Templates, patterns, and instructions can be found on the SneakerKit website here. The pattern offers four different variations: low top, high top, and two summer options.
The new-style soles come with several features which make them easier and quicker to make then ever before! The stitching holes are now pre-punched into the soles meaning there is no longer the need to mark all the holes and then punch them. A second stitching line at the "bending point" adds durability whilst a 50% thicker edge prevents tearing. A raised heel area adds support and means that each shoe is now only made of two pieces, rather than three. Again, this saves time, whilst also helping the upper keep it's shape.
Many of these improvements also help increase the comfort of the trainers. There are fewer overlapping pieces which can rub and the outer sole is thicker. The insoles offer more arch support, with extra cushioning at the front and back. They are more durable and fit perfectly within the outer sole, whilst also having a microfibre top layer which is fundamental in moisture control. The soles are made from 60% natural rubber and avoid the use of glue - simply undo the stitching and replace the sole or upper as required over the years.
Soles are based on EU sizes, however, they are unique to SneakerKit so we recommend that you use the sole template to check your size before purchasing. The free templates are available to download here. SneakerKit recommends the following size conversion as a guide:
EU Size 36 = UK Women's 3.5
EU Size 37 = UK Women's 4.5
EU Size 38 = UK Women's 5.5
EU Size 39 = UK Women's 6.5 / UK Men's 5.5 - 6
EU Size 40 = UK Women's 7.5 / UK Men's 6.5
EU Size 41 = UK Women's 8.5 / UK Men's 7.5
EU Size 42 = UK Women's 9.5 / UK Men's 8.5
EU Size 43 = UK Women's 10.5 / UK Men's 9.5
Please note, to make your trainers you will require a set of pliers that can punch 1.5mm holes. These are not included in the kit, but can be purchased separately here: SneakerKit MultiPlier
Fabric to make your trainers is not included with this kit and must be purchased separately.