While many of the tools, supplies and materials you'll use to make your own shoes and accessories can be purchased from your local craft or hardware stores, there are some items that will need to be obtained from more specialised suppliers. Below is a list of some of the suppliers you may find useful, organised by country.
I have sourced supplies from most of the companies listed for Australia (all except Tandy) and can recommend each of them, but am relying on reputation and the advice of others for the suppliers listed for the UK and USA. If you have any experiences with these suppliers - positive or negative - I would be interested to know. Similarly, if you know of other suppliers in your region of the world that you think should be included here, please let me know via the comments section below or email me through the link in the sidebar.
*Please note, I don't have affiliate links with any of these companies. I am just listing them to help you find the materials and supplies you need to enjoy making your own shoes and accessories at home.
You can purchase most of what you'll need from Leffler Leather including leather, tools, adhesive including Renia Aquilim), hardware, soling and more. You can visit their warehouse in person (171 Kensington Road, West Melbourne VIC 3003), phone them (1800 337 006) or order online (www.leffler.com.au).
This shop sells leather, hardware, adhesive and tools (including the Tandy range). While you can view some of their products online (www.dshorne.com.au), you will need to phone them (08 8261 7377), email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit in person (113 Muller Road, Hampstead Gardens SA 5086) to purchase your items. They're happy to deliver Australia wide.
Adelaide Leather and Saddlery Supplies:
You will find a large range of hardware for shoe and bag making in this store as well as some leather, tools and other supplies. You can purchase online (www.adelaideleather.com.au), phone (08 8410 9313) or visit in person (221 Waymouth Street, Adelaide SA 5000).
This online store (www.tandyleather.com.au) sells many of the products you'll use to make your shoes and accessories, including leather, tools, hardware, adhesive and more.
This store sells a range of supplies used for making footwear, including soling materials, adhesives (including Renia Aquilim) and hardware. Although they mostly supply the podiatry, orthotics, prosthetics and physiotherapy industries, they will also sell to the public. You can register to purchase on their website (www.algeos.com), call (0151 448 1228) or email (email@example.com).
S & K Leathergoods & Fittings
This shop has a large range of fittings/hardware for shoe and bag making, as well as other items such as elastics. Although they have a website (www.skfittings.co.uk), it's best to visit in person (Unit GB, Leroy House, 436 Essex Road, London N1 3QP), email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (020 7354 4435), and they are happy to ship around the world.
If you are in London this is a great source of leather, tools and hardware for shoe and accessory making. Their webpage (jtbatchelor.co.uk) really just gives you their contact details and opening hours, so if you're in London I recommend visiting in person (9-10 Culford Mews, Islington London N1 4DZ). It's located in a cobbled back street just off Balls Pond Road, without a typical shopfront. You can also call on 020 7254 2962.
You will find a large range of leather here (www.stormleather.com). The shop is located at Unit 6, Stephen House, 1B Darnley Road, Hackney Central, London E9 6QH. You can also contact them by phone (020 7249 0099) or email (email@example.com).
This online store (www.tandyleather.eu) sells many of the products you'll use to make your shoes and accessories, including leather, tools, hardware, adhesive and more.
As with the Tandy listings for Australia and the UK, this online store (www.tandyleather.com) sells many of the products you'll use to make your own shoes and accessories, including leather, tools, adhesive and more.
In addition to all the fabrics and trims they sell, Mood Fabrics also stock leather (mostly the chrome tanned leather you can use for shoe uppers, bags and other accessories, rather than the veg tanned leather used for insoles or soling - at least online anyway). Their website is www.moodfabrics.com. You can also visit them in person at 225 W 37th St, 3rd Floor, New York NY 10018 or 645 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles CA 90036. The phone number for the New York store is (212) 730 5003 and for the LA store it's (323) 653 6663.