How-to books about boot and shoe making

  • 2022 cowboy boot calendar, featuring boots and shoes made by Lisa Sorrell. Each month features a boot or shoe, its title (every boot or shoe is named after a bluegrass or classic country song), and includes pictures from the making process.
  • Book of basic cowboy boot patterns: Small, Medium, and Large vamps, counters, and counter covers Boot tops, short heel measurements from 11" to 14 3/4" (This is a book of patterns only -- there are no instructions and this is not a how-to book. THIS IS NOT THE SAME PATTERNING SYSTEM I USE IN THE DVD SET I SELL.) For a complete how-to guide on making cowboy boots, see the 8 DVD boxed set of Lisa's entire boot making class on video: How to Make Cowboy Boots You might also consider Lisa Sorrell's book on creating art with leather: The Art of Leather Inlay and Overlay
  • Shoe hammer, plain French hammer, McKay knife, wide lasting pliers, heel pry, tack puller, pegging awl haft and two 40mm pegging awls, inseaming awl haft and one 3 3/8" inseaming awl, and right-handed lip knife If you need a left-handed lip knife, please specify that in the NOTE section
  • 18x24" poster created by Lisa, featuring 47 pairs of cowboy boots she's made
  • Earrings

      These earrings are NOT SOLD IN PAIRS. Each earring is sold as a single, allowing you to mix-and-match and create your own pair of earrings. Each miniature tool is approximately 1 1/8" long.
  • Lisa's entire cowboy boot making class on 8 DVDs, approximately 15 hours of instruction Accompanying book (not sold separately) includes all patterns* and templates *"Patterns and templates" refers to cowboy boot pieces. Three simple boot top designs are included but this is not a comprehensive reference for cowboy boot designs, stitched and/or inlaid/overlaid You might also consider Lisa Sorrell's book on creating art with leather: The Art of Leather Inlay and Overlay
  • How-to Books

    "The Art of Leather Inlay & Overlay" by Lisa Sorrell "Bespoke Shoemaking" by Tim Skyrme "Simple Sandalmaking" by Tim Skyrme "Pedorthic Footwear" BERJALAN Foundation "Shoe and Boot Designing Manual" by George Koleff "Last Designing and Making Manual" by George Koleff "How to Make UGG Boots" by George Koleff "The Orthopedic Shoemaker" by Philip Taylor "The Sandalmaking Workshop" by Rachel Corry You might also consider Lisa Sorrell's 8DVD and book set: How to Make Cowboy Boots
  • These books contain the last bottom papers for B, D & EE widths of the series of last you need.
  • Cowboy Boot Memory Game
  • Cowboy Boot playing cards
  • German Modelwinkel ruler: curve and angle template for designing shoe patterns, clear plastic
  • Each shoemaking materials kit contains: One pair 7/8 iron Baker Leather insole and outsole OR one pair 9/10 Baker Leather insole and outsole, one Baker Leather welt strip, one pair Baker Leather half moon toe puffs, one Baker Leather lifting piece large enough for three pairs of heel lifts, and one pair mens cut and skived flat counter Each shoemaking tool kit contains: One 3 1/8" inseaming awl, one 85mm outseaming awl, one screw awl haft, one pair metal bristles, 1" skiving knife, plain French hammer, wide lasting pliers, scratch awl, and a right-hand tack puller  
  • Excerpt from Lisa's book "The Art of Leather Inlay & Overlay" Instructions on how to time a sewing machine      



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Contact Lisa

Lisa Sorrell, Boot Maker
217 E. Oklahoma
Guthrie, OK 73044

Phone (405) 282-5464

YouTube: It's a Boot Life

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