I remember when I started shoe construction it was so difficult to find all the tools and materials at one place and that’s when I decided to make it easy for those walking on the same path. Below are some basic tools and materials required in shoemaking….Hope this will work-out for new passionate shoe designers 🙂


  • Steel Ruler A ruler strong enough to retain a perfect straight edge for cutting.
  • Measuring Tape A flexible tape made from a non-stretch material.

Steel Ruler

Measuring Tape


  • Stitching Chisels Features Steel Blades for punching lacing slits
  • Compass/Wing Divider A measuring tool that can be opened to any required width and used to create a parallel line as a guide for cutting.
  • Over Stitcher It moves along leather to mark the spacing of stitches for smooth, even results.
  • Multi-hole Punch A punch for punching holes of different sizes on leather
  • Adjustable Groover Used for spacing hand stitching holes and running over completed stitches to give them a machine-sewn look. The groove width is adjustable.
  • Adjustable Creases For creating parallel lines and inside borders.
  • Masking Tape An adhesive tape with a slight stretch.
  • Oval Punch Punches for punching holes of different sizes on leather.
  • Silver Marking Pen A pen with silver ink used to mark guidelines on upper pieces.
  • Awl A pointed tool used for piercing patterns or materials to create location points as a guide for cutting or stitching.


  • Waxed Linen Thread A durable waxed linen thread that works smoothly through the leather.
  • Tack Used for securing the upper to the insole in the initial stages of lasting.
  • Hand Stitching NeedleIt has an extra-large needle
  • Glovers’ Needle – Used for piercing and passing through tough materials such as leather, suede, and vinyl without tearing.
  • Curved NeedleUsed for lacing on leather, especially along sharp edges.


  • CMC – Burnishing gum in powder form.
  • Burnishing Gum – It is applied on leather surfaces or edges for a glossy and smooth finish.
  • Bone Folder – A tool made from plastic or bone used to assist the turning over and pleating of a folded edge.
  • Sharpening Stone – A stone rod used to sharpen the edges.
  • Cleaning BrushA brush used to clean any dust or dirt.


  • Common Edge Tool – Bevels and rounds off edges of straps and all soft leather.
  • French Edge Tool – Makes beveled edges at any desired angles including miter-joints.
  • Emery BoardA board used for polishing and smoothening edges.
  • NT DresserContains a sanding plate for polishing and smoothening edges.

Leather Edge Paint


  • French Pattern HammerA hammer that flattens any creases that appear during the lasting process.
  • Wood MalletUsed for punching lacing slits on leather.
  • Folding HammerA handheld round-ended hammer used to flatten a folded edge.


  • Curved Scissors A pair of scissors used for trimming the lining of the upper and cutting thread.
  • Leather Scissors A pair of super sharp blades for cutting lighter weight leather
  • Self Healing Cutting Mat A self-healing synthetic cutting surface used for pattern cutting.
  • Poly Cutting Board Used as a base to punch into when using stitching chisels.
  • Lasting Pincer The lasting pincer grips the upper and pulls it over the insole in the lasting process.
  • Tack Knife A knife for removing lasting tacks.
  • Trimming Knife Used for removing any irregularities under the shoe after lasting.
  • Clicking Knife A curved blade cutting knife designed for cutting leather.
  • Scalpel A cutting knife with a very sharp blade, used for pattern cutting.
  • All-Purpose Leather Knife A knife used as a skiver. Round beveled, hand sharpened edges.
  • Round Knife With a very sharp blade, The round knife is used for cutting leather and pattern.
  • Skiving Knife A tool for skiving.
  • Square Point Knife A square point blade designed for cutting leather.
  • Seam Ripper It’s equipped with both a steel hook & pointed blade for cutting or ripping.
  • Curved Lip Shoe Knife A tool with a bent tip to trim shoe soles and uppers with ease.



  • Brush Used for Brushing rubber adhesive on leather.
  • Plastic spreader Used for spreading rubber adhesive on leather.
  • Rolling Spreader For applying uniform pressure to the surface of the adhesive.
  • Adhesive A rubber solution that is used in upper preparation and a stronger synthetic rubber adhesive is used for sole attaching
  • All-Purpose Cement Designed originally for attaching soles, the cement is easy to spread, non-smearing, extremely flexible and versatile.


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