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Welting Alternatives When Using Vegan Material

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Hello all,

I have recently been working on a pair of shoes for a vegetarian friend of mine and have run into a wall when it comes to attaching the soles.

I am having trouble coming up with a suitable alternative to leather for making an insole to outsole that can be welted by means of a feather. Any suggestions?

Is there a way around this that anyone may have experience with such as forgoing the welt entirely and cementing the outsole directly? Is there something that may work in a similar fashion to a cut feather for sewing the welt?

Thanks in advance


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Hi Kenneth,

You could just sew the outsole onto the insole by hand. There are various videos of this on YouTube. You could also peg the outsole to the insole using lemon wood pegs. If you have an Auto-Soler, you can just nail (wire) them on. Ultimately though, if you are going to make shoes out of plastic, use glue. You can get plastic midsoles and outsoles at any of the finders, and you could cut a welt out of one. As far as I know, stitching that stuff is going to be a little tricky.


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