Shoemaking Hand Tools

Shoemaking Hand Tools

Here we are going to look at shoemaking hand tools you will need for any DIY leather shoe projects.  These are the shoe making tools you will find in any shoe repair or hand made shoe shop. Of course we can also call these cobblers tools. While you will have a hard time finding these tools in your local Home Depot they can all be found on line.

13Pcs Leather Craft Hand Stitching Sewing Tool Thread Awl Waxed Thimble Kit:
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13 pcs Leather Craft shoemaking hand tools
Stitching Sewing Tool Thread Awl Waxed Thimble Kit:
1Pc x black pressure cloth tooth distance of 4 mm 1Pc x log pressure cloth tooth distance of 2 mm 1Pc x solid wood awl
1Pc x straight head awl 1Pc x hook the awl 1Pc x Grooving device 1Pc x hollow awl 1Pc x beeswax
1Pc x thimble 1Pc x leather needle 1Pc x ecru flat wax rope 1Pc x black flat wax rope
1Pc x coffee flat wax rope 1Pc x scissors

Cobbler Pliers
$19.99 our Book Store

Lasting Pliers:  This is the classic shoemaking hand tool.
Beaked pincers with built in hammer face. For shoe lasting and sole nailing. Durable economical construction. Built for production factory use. Steel with black painted handle. 21cm long, 6cm opening with 14cm handle.
Package includeds :1 x Lasting Pliers

Hand Tools for Shoemaking
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Lasting Pliers:  Shoe lasting pliers are a very practical tool. The pliers grasp the shoe material while the hooked end lets you lever and roll the material down onto the lasting board. Then, without having to change tools, the material and/or a lasting tack can be hammered in. While they look semi wicked, shoe lasting pliers are very common in both production shoe factories and hand made shoe shops.

$49.95 on


Cobblers Shoe Hammer:  For shoemaking a good hammer is a must. To drive tacks and nails for lasting and seating heels, a cobblers hammer is the tool of choice.

$34.95 on

French Shoe Hammer:  The flat smooth face of the french shoe hammer is designed to flatten seams and stitching. Even careful handling will leave some humps and bumps. The french shoe hammer and some gentle work will make seams flat and even.

$35.50 on

Shoe Makers Tool Kit:

Steel Cutter
Iron Pliers
Brass Handle Awl
Punches (1.5MM,2.5MM)
Rasp Tool

$35.90 on


Eyelet setter:  To set lace and vent eyelets you will need a punch and setter. In the factory they will have a hydraulic press but at home a hand setter will work.

$9.03 on

Awl Leather Punch:  For punching holes and marking leather you will need an awl.

$8.80 0n

Spacer Embossing System:  This handy tool allows you to evenly mark stitch locations.  Once marked, the leather can be punched and sewn.

$2.65 on

Leather Edge Skiving Tools:  To trim and refine leather edges a skiving tool is a must. Used to remove any rough edges,  you will find these tools in every leather works tool box.

Basic Hand Stiching Leathercraft Set (12 Items):
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Basic Hand Stiching Leathercraft Set (12 Items):
1 Adjustable Leather Edge Stitching Groover Tool(1mm ) 1 Edge Beveler No.2(1.0mm) 1 Pro Stitching Grooving & Edge Beveler Tool (1mm ) 1 Pro Leather Edge Edger Beveler Skiving Tool
1 Adjustable Edge Creaser up to 1.5cm 1 Japanese Style Skiving Knife 1 Wood Multi-Size Edge Slicker 1 Skiving Tool+10 Replacement Blades
1 Multi-Size Hole Punch1.5mm/2mm/2.5mm/3mm/3.5mm/4mm 1 Awl 2 Leather-craft

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Beaked pincers with built in hammer face. For shoe lasting and sole nailing.

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