In our beginner workshop you will make a pair of our Mexico sandals, for yourself or for someone else (please see Note 1 below). You can choose to make the model with one, two or three straps. If you prefer another sandal model, please talk to us first. Not all models are suitable for beginners, and an additional charge may apply (please see Note 2 below).

You will work under close guidance, get all the explanations, use exactly the techniques, the tools, the leather that we use ourselves. It all starts with the footprint and the individual shape of your feet. Did you know that left and right feet are different in almost all people? After taking the footprint, you will build the sole and footbed, learning how to work with leather. Trimming, roughening, removing the grain for the midsole – what’s that good for in the first place? –  positioning the pad in exactly the right place, pre-stitching and sewing, and, when done, it’s pulling in and braiding the straps and fitting them to the foot, all without buckles and clasps.

The length of the course is usually sufficient to make a pair of sandals. Depending on the individual skill of the participants, the sandals may or may not be finished before the full number of hours is up. Participants with a skilled hand will maybe not need the full number of hours on some days and can then leave the class earlier. However, there are also procedures that cannot be influenced and take their time, e.g. gluing. Even if you may not need the full number of hours, the paid fee for the respective workshop always applies without deductions.

We will complete unfinished sandals for you at the end of the workshop at no further costs, with the exception of postage costs if you are unable to collect the finished sandals yourself and would like us to ship them to you.

We reserve the right to cancel beginner courses if the necessary number of participants is not reached.

When: Throughout the year, on indicated dates

Where: Sandalenwerkstatt Freiburg, Talstrasse 9a, 79102 Freiburg, Germany

Participants: 3 to 4

Length: 4 dates, each 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (with breaks), or 5 dates on Saturdays, each 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Tools & materials: will be provided

You will: make a pair of sandals, from taking the footprints to finished sandals

Skill level: no prior skills in leather work required

Cost: 330/360 € incl. VAT


If you want to make sandals for someone else, you need to take their footprints beforehand. Please indicate this when booking so we can send you a footprint kit. We will invoice the postage costs of (8 euros inside Germany, higher rates may apply for shipping to other countries)

When booking, please specify what shoe size you want the sandals to be, and also, if you want to make a different sandal model than Mexico. In that case, please contact us by phone or e-mail to discuss whether the level of difficulty is suitable for you and whether an additional charge is necessary, e.g. for different, more costly material. You will then send you a booking confirmation with the corresponding price.

Of course, your health is also a concern for us. We therefore observe all current COVID regulations in our tutorials & workshops, e.g. mask and distance requirements or required proof of vaccinations, tests or recovery from infections.

If a workshop has to be cancelled due to these regulations, we will inform you as soon as we know ourselves. Already paid charges for cancelled workshops will be refunded.

You can get information about the regulations currently applicable to the Sandal Workshop Freiburg in the Internet Corona Portal of the City of Freiburg.

Individual dates on Saturdays (3.00 to 6.00 p.m.)

04,11,18,25.Sep and 02.Oct.21

23,30.Oct and 06,13,20.Nov.21

Block of 4 days (10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.)

from 14.09.21-17.09.21

from 18.10.21-21.10.21

1. Make a Print


Please note:

Shape: The sole and footbed are shaped according to your footprints and therefore may appear slightly different from the pictures in the online catalog. This is not a deficiency.

Color: The leather is dyed individually, and your monitor or display can show colors quite differently. The colors are therefore not binding, this is not a deficiency.

1. Make a Print

Involvement of the buyer: We need your footprints for our bespoke sandals and shoes. When we receive an online order, we will send you a footprint kit; how to use it is shown in a video you can watch online and in a small enclosed instruction. You must return the footprint kit to us before we can begin to work.

2. Adjusting

When you receive the finished sandals, you need to adjust the straps yourself. We show you how to do it in a video you can watch online and in a small enclosed tutorial.

This collaboration is required; it is not a shortcoming and does not justify a price reduction.

Right of withdrawal and exchange: All our sandals and shoes are custom made and we only make them to order. The purchase contract is concluded by the binding order, you can not return or exchange the sandals or shoes.

General Terms & Conditions: Please read our GTC before you make your binding order. We are obliged to provide you with these informations. When ordering online, you are required tick the respective box to confirm that you have read and understood our GTC .

Further questions: Please check our FAQ“ page first. If you can’t find the answer to your questions there, please feel free to contact us directly!



Instead of just reaching for the shelf: First, just have look at it. Usually, in a shoe store, you would just pick a pair of sandals in your regular size off the shelf and try them on. With us it’s different. We have samples in our store workshop for you to look at, but no range of finished sandals or shoes for you to try on. But of course you can have a good look at our models, here on the Internet or in our store & workshop.

Advice in our workshop. Of course, you can just come to the workshop and get all advice you might need. However, if you want to order a pair of sandals or shoes, we recommend that you make an appointment so that we make sure we have enough time for you. The appointment can also be arranged outside our opening hours (Monday to Friday 3.00 to 6.00 p.m.). Please allow 20 to 30 minutes for normal needs.

Once you have made your decision, we ask you to stand on a so-called foot-impression-box with both feet one after the other. This is a kind of footprint kit that shows us just where you normally put weight on your feet. We also draw the foot outline for both feet.

In the course of this, we also discuss the special requirements you may have for your feet. While we don’t make orthopedic shoes or sandals, and don’t do video or computer analysis of your gait or foot form, we will use our experience and expertise to address special needs.

Anpassen vor Ort

Need some time: Handmade Sandals & Shoes Once we got your footprints, we can start to make your sandals or shoes. It’s handwork, and we do it on a first-come, first-served basis. We will give you an approximate appointment date for fitting or an estimated date for shipping, respectively. For some models – the ones you can not order online – we need you to visit us for a second appointment to fit the sandal or shoe.