My new walking shoes. Simple stitch-down design weighing in at about 14 oz (0.4 kg) each. The leather is Hermann Oak 2/3 oz for the uppers and 12 oz (I think) for the mid-sole and out-sole. There is also a double layer stacked heel that has a thin rubber layer on the bottom.
They have about 6 trail miles on them in this photo. They are dyed “light tan” and coated in home-made dubbin.*
The goal was to create an extremely lightweight shoe that will protect from the gawd-aweful sand burrs, cacti, and other sharpies that get into the sandals. They are loosely based on “desert boots” but provide a bit more protection. They are re-soleable, environmentally friendly, and made without sweatshop labor. Since I have little fashion sense, they can be worn with anything and in public. My only change in design will be to make the toe portion of the upper in slightly heavier leather as they will hold their shape better.*A waterproofing concoction, in this case made from beeswax, olive oil, and walnut oil.
A few more images:
The shoes are unlined. Constructed with a double needle saddle-stitch. I wasn’t even concerned with stitching on this pair so they aren’t perfectly straight or small. The tongue is lined with brain-tanned deer hide and there is a band of brain-tan around the top edge for comfort. The laces are also brain-tan deer from a heavier hide.
They may not be fashionable but I think they have style.