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DIY Hiking Shoes

For those interested in learning more about how to make your own footwear. Trail Ambassador Diane Soini recently sent us a very descriptive email about how she designed her own shoe for her hiking trips.

It was important to her that she try to make as simple a shoe as possible since it seemed to her that so much of the over-built features of today’s shoes had injured her. No heels, no arch support, and basic simplicity were her goals.

In her own words: “I continue to make mistakes and have successes. Making shoes is not easy but it is simpler than I expected. Basically, I am making moccasins with rubber soles. It is not a complicated process. I am not a crafty person or particularly good with a sewing machine or my hands, and yet I have done this. If you have any creative capabilities and have been searching for a new make-your-own-gear frontier, consider making shoes.”

The link to her whole email is Diane Soini’s Shoes which includes even more detail about her shoe and sandal designs.

One Response to DIY Hiking Shoes

  1. Les January 28, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

    Excellent! After reading B2R five years ago I went on a quest to find the ‘right’ shoe to run in. I ended up designing my own sandal. No more aches, pains, injuries! I am now beginning to fastpack and will only use my sandals! Good job Diane!

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