DIY Leather Kit Lets People Build Shoes From Scratch

Arts & Culture

Hungarian inspired design helps anyone make their own shoes with minimal materials and effort.

Lin Qiu
  • 6 may 2014

Nowadays, a good pair of handmade leather shoes is hard to find, especially one that won’t take a nice chunk out of your paycheck. Hungarian designer Sara Gulyas is offering an do-it-yourself solution on Kickstarter called PIKKPACK, hoping to cut down on waste while involving the consumer in the footwear creation process.

Inspired by a traditional type of Hungarian shoes called Bockskor which are made entirely of single pieces of leather, the PIKKPACK comes in 3 components: Leather upper, leather sole, and choice of colored cotton laces that holds the whole thing together. Oh and the uppers are not just any leather, they’re water buffalo leather, promised to be more flexible and durable.

If making your own leather shoes sounds difficult, Gulyas insists that it’s not, afterall, the name ‘PIKKPACK’ comes from the Hungarian equivalent of ‘piece of cake.’ Judging from the description, if you can thread your regular shoe laces, you already have the qualified skills.

According to the company:

With this shoe we take one step towards turning small ripples into giant waves. When you build this shoe with your hands you not only create something that is uniquely yours, but you participate in a conversation about waste and consumption that is often overlooked.

Right now, early bird backers can have a pair shipped to them for $90 + shipping.


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