I've always loved this style of shoes for little boys. Surprisingly, they're hard to find, unless you want to spend an arm and a leg from a handmade shop, or baby boutique. The average price I've found for similar shoes ranges from $40-$50, which I don't even usually spend on shoes for myself. I would almost consider paying that much for a good quality pair of shoes for Lincoln if he it wasn't for the fact that baby feet grow so fast! So I decided to take the plunge into leather working and make my own. I've made a few pairs of baby shoes in the past, but I didn't feel confident enough to draft a pair totally from scratch, so I bought this pattern off of Etsy, and heavily modified it until I got the look I wanted.
I bought the leather from this Etsy shop. It was overwhelming trying to figure out what kind of leather to get, and what a good price is. I had to do a lot of reading online. I ended up getting two 14"x 14" pieces of leather, one was 3.5 oz and the other was 6 oz. Each was around $7, and I have quite a bit leftover, so I think it was a great deal. I used the thinner piece for the upper part of the shoe and the laces, and the thicker piece was perfect for the soles.
I already had a heavy duty hole punch, which I used to punch through the leather and put the grommets in.
I'm so, so happy with how they turned out.