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$275 cobbled with steel clincher nails
Traditional Lord/Lady of the Rings
Your choice of half-soles and heels


 $375 saddle-stitched    Autum Lord/Lady of the Rings
no strap between the toes

Honey Vibram Full sole    All sandals have a 10 year guarantee
for fit & finish

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Custom-built entirely
by my hands for your feet

Modelling Davy's Sandals Best

Build your own LOTRs 

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Top-grain vegetable tanned cowhide bridle leather
is used for straps, insoles & midsoles

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Most of the photos with feet in them are taken at the wet-fitting so feet have not yet stretched the arch straps and moved forward, closer to the front.

Pat Lim's sandals

1977 LOTRs - ready for replacement straps

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"Thanks Davy! They are still on my feet as I wander the garden, hang the wash, trim the bushes and now have lunch. They are a very special addition to my day. Thank you for mastering your artistry!" GP  7/2014


Sheet bend knot - learn to tie it!

Breaking-in Your Sandals

"Everyone is amazed and loves my sandals, good work Davy."  CO  8/2014

"I receive complements on them almost every time I wear them. They became my regular casual slip-ons and I've really taken a lot of pleasure in them."  DF  9/2014

"They look great! I love how they turned out!"  KK  10/2014

‘Thank you Davy, for your beautiful craftsmanship.  I know my gorgeous custom change pouch will give me so much pleasure for many years to come.  Each time I use it I will be reminded of you and my very special holiday on Pender Island.’  Anne – Maple Bay, BC  7/2015

“We’re showing off our beautiful sandals to others who are interested.”  J & MH  7/2015

"Your sandals are a hit with my dentist, and he is a mormon.”   JS  4/2016

"I find when the weather is fine they're all I wear. I love them!”  AF  4/2016

"I love my sandals and my purse and my pouch and my key lanyard, and my keyring and my bracelet. Thank you thank you thank you :)”   JS  5/2016

“Saddle-soaped and dubbed my sandals. They look great!”  JS  5/2016  

"So kind. Thank you so much! I love this Sandalmaker.”  BS  6/2016

"I have saddle-soaped and dubbined my sandals about 6 times.  The strap stretched a couple inches and I trimmed it down.  I love them, my only observation is my feet have distinctive tan lines."  JS  7/2016

"Thanks again for the beautiful sandals, it was nice to spend that time with you.  I've worn them all afternoon!  My toes just have to get used to having a wedge between them, and all else feels fine."  RM  7/2016

"I have them on and they feel pretty good.”  SM  5/2017

"I will probably never make it to Pender Island, but I'm happy that someone like you exists and I appreciate so much that there's still commerce out there that requires face-to-face.”  WK  7/2017

"Your sandals look like they will last 100 years!”  JH  7/2017

μὴ κρίνῃ ὁ σκυτεὺς ἔξω τοῦ ὑποδήματος - “Let a cobbler not judge beyond the sandal”  

Pliny the Elder 23 – 79 AD - Natural History XXXV, 85

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“The foot is at such high risk for injury largely because it has so many small, frangible parts -- 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 tendons, ligaments, and muscles, any of which can fail.”

Gretchen Reynolds  Unhappy Feet  The New York Times  Sep 11, 2008

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The importance of saddle-soaping and dubbin - how to apply them

Tanning methods and the danger of using chromium-tanned leathers

Repairs, Soles & Heels Replacement

Breaking-in Your Sandals

Saddlers Spokeshaves

Head knives, skivers

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Blue ribbon new sandal design
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Keep your sandals going for year after year after year
Repairs, Soles & Heels Replacement

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Newly-fitted sandals have room at the front to allow arch straps to stretch-to-fit

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Your feet will migrate forward as the newly-fitted arch straps stretch-to-fit

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Ready for a wet-fitting at my South Pender Island shoppe

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Anne Hagarty
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Saddle-stitched w/honey Vibram sole & P&P ⅜” latigo straps
ready for final fitting    $375

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Orthopaedic design has forefront-trimmed-fleece padding and 7/8 oz harness cowhide slim straps & saddle-stitched insoles & outsoles with Italian Vibram half-soles and medium heels
ready for final fitting    $375

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After final fitting, ready for damp break-in

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2017 Summer Solstice LOTRs ready to be wet-fitted

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Hybrid saddle-stitched LOTRs on the Test Course

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Feet will migrate forward as newly-fitted arch straps stretch

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Medelin Emery 70
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Rod Knox 72
Hybrid 2017

First Place winner of the 2017 Pender Island Fall Fair
Applied Arts & Crafts section

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"Hello! Just found your page and LOVE your Lord of the Ring original style sandals."   JB  9/2016

"Davy, those sandals are works of art!  I love reading about your process and the history of the materials."   MP  9/2016

"Thanks Davy.  I have them on and they feel pretty good."   SM 5/2017

"I wore the first pair you made for me to a  costume/art competition and I'm convinced they were an integral part of the reason we won second prize :-)    People were very impressed  with them.”   OT 5/2017 

“You don't have to be Jesus to walk 10 km in Davy’s sandals.  I walked from Sydney to the airport yesterday and I’m putting them on again today for a walk.”   SA  6/2017

"I wear my LOTR sandals all the time!”   JS  6/2017

"Thank you again!  I love them!”   DM  8/2017

The entire epidermal layer of your skin turns over every forty-eight days

New York KikaNY Leatherdesign

Vermont Rilleau Leather 

Fine Leatherworking  page on Leathersmithe sandal-making guide

Mexican Huaraches

Sole Survivor

Build Your Own Pair
Care for Your Leather
Leather Terms
Leathersmithe History
California Tanneries
Tanning Methods

Galleries and Links
Pouches, Wallets, Bags
Belt Pouches
Commemorative Pouches
Passport Pouches
Drum-back Pouches
Calf Bracelets
Shoes & Boots


Begun December 2015