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Here is what our customers have to say

Petite Satchel Kit

11.06.2019 : "Superb!!! Thank you very much, I am delighted " Lucille Pillot France

Jenny's beautiful Stachel.

Jenny, 01.02.2019: "So proud of my first Simple Way make! Absolutely can't wait to try some more. I absolutely loved sewing it!" - thank you Jenny

Side Release Buckle

17.11.2018 "I ordered this leather buckle to replace a broken one on a favourite rucksack. The pre-punctured holes in the leather, the supplied needle and thread made sewing the buckle in really easy. This extended the use of my rucksack. Very happy with my purchase." - Victoria

Foxy Purse

07.02.2018: Kelly :"Hello! I just wanted to say how impressed I was with the fox purse kit. The instructions are clear, there was plenty of cord supplied and the leather is lovely quality.Thank You!"

Kirstie Allsopp

Joy Mules

29.09.2017 "The leather in both mules is beautiful and soft. Please thank Samantha for me " - thank you Mrs Thurlow.

Men Velco Shoes

14.08.2017: "Dear Kate. Thank you very much for my order and for the free heart key ring you included. I sewed the shoes for my friend who, as you are aware, needed a larger size apron for each shoe. He collected his shoes when he and his wife visited on Friday and he is absolutely thrilled with them. He said, "I will wear these a lot, they are so comfortable. Thank you." I sewed up the heart key ring for his wife and she is delighted with it.
Thank you for all your help - especially for checking the feet plans with me, since the initial feet plans were incorrect - wonderful customer support, as always. Kindest regards." P.S

Breeze Shoes

06.07.2017: "Dear All. Many thanks for your recent order for my mother Mrs Smith in Leeds. She asked me to send you a message to say that she very much appreciated all the help you have given her getting the custom made sandals. They arrived today and she is very pleased with them."

Ladies Rambler Sandals

Mrs Gentles 21.06.2017: "Thank youy so much for my Rambler Sandals which I recieved so quickly - I put them on straight away and kept them on to go out - a first for any new shoes! They hold on so well with the "ankle" strap buckle, and the padded insoles are also just the ticket for my bony feet! Best wishes".

Monet Messenger Bag Kit

20.05.2017:"Hi there everyone at Simple Way:I received the wonderful leather and things to put it together. Thank you so much; I am looking forward to stitching this bag together and using it. Kind regards, Klazina"

Belt Bag Kit

17.05.2017:"I just wanted to say a big thank you for sending my order very quickly.
The bag is beautiful and i love it!thank you!"- Marlene

Our Handbags

Ellie: 16.02.2017: "I love my previous purchases! Need a new bag!

Ladies Soft Shoes

22.11.2016 Jennie: " Dear Simple Way Staff. Thank you so much for my latest brown men's soft shoes - and special thanks to "Dorothy" who stitched them for me - and another special 'thank you' to whoever stretched the right shoe - it fits beautifully already!! This is the first time I can say that - the right foot has become a big problem in the last few years! The lady I spoke to on the phone was such a help in letting me explain how things are for me, so another 'thank you' to her, as well ! And one extra 'thank you' for the lovely Christmas card - such a thoughtful gesture. My parcel was just full of delights!

With very best wishes for Christmas to you all and a very profitable New Year."
- Thank you Jennie

Breeze Shoes

19.10.2016: Janet E - Christchurch New Zealand: "Just a note to let you know my sandals arrived yesterday - very quick delivery! They fit perfectly, and I'm confident they're going to be super comfortable. I'm looking forward to trying out a kit in future, but I can't decide which one yet! Thanks again"

Our Shoes

05.11.2016 :Frankie M: "Back in the early 1990's I started a business under the banner VEDA Shoes, making and selling your shoe kits, which was more basic back then....but nevertheless I had great success during those years, the simpleway address was in Street Somerset....great memories!"

Angela shoes

26.07.2016: "I am DELIGHTED with the shoes I made! Wearing them all the time - it feels like bare feet! Thanks, Angela (about her Spring Sandals)

Our Satchels

18.10.2016: Beckie G: "These are amazing, I wouldn't be without mine! Had it 3 years now and not a fault with it!"

Vivienne Westwood Company

17.08.2016, Alex Mody from Vivienne Westwood Company (someone from Vivienne Westwood purchased our Ladies Soft Shoes Kit) "We at Vivienne Westwood love DIY fashion- Looking forward to receiving the kit!"

Nathalie's Foxy Bag, Foxy Purse and Leather Art

16.06.2016: Hello everyone at Simple Way,

I just wanted to show you the things I have made with your off cuts bag. I ordered it to make my husbands 3rd leather Wedding anniversary gift, and intended on making him a picture frame, which I did, but there are so many good off cuts that I made my best friend a bracelet, two keyrings, and a brooch. I have a Sizzix Big Shot and their Bigz dies cut leather, so I could cut heart shapes. My husbands gift is made from leather cut hearts.

I also received your Fox Purse Kit as anniversary gift, which I have just finished. It matches my bag, that I received as a Christmas gift.

Thank you for great service and fabulous products. I have lots of scraps left and lots of ideas.

Yours faithfully,

Nathalie Hardy

Bag Kits

28.04.2016, Katie W: "Have ordered before - Fun!"

Glue Free Easy Shoes

25.05.2016: Hi Kate, I want to confirm that my Auntie in Israel has received the shoes and is very pleased with them. Thanks again for the great service and support during the ordering process which was not straight forward (as we had to deal with a language barrier as well as multiple allergies). It has been a pleasure dealing with you. Regards. Alec."

Men Soft Shoes

"Many thanks, Kate, the shoes and new in-soles have arrived. Excellent quality, as usual. All good wishes, John" 14.03.2016

Simple Way Sandals

26.03.2016: "The footwear has arrived and is lovely, thank you. I started to wear the sandals as soon as they arrived, as my previous ones were worn through and held together with carpet tape!" Ruth Stanier

Bob Boots

24.03.2016: "Your shoe box came yesterday morning. Thanks very much they are (shoes) on my feet now. I live in them, so comfortable. So many thanks." M.L. Price


05.03.2016: "Omg I'm SO EXCITED I just recieved my second order from you with three new styles for me to work on!.... The distressed brown is my favorite so far it's beautiful...I guess I have my weekend planned... I won't sew them but I'll sketch out all the designs
Thank you!"


Rebecca, 26.01.2016 :" I spent months trying to find my perfect satchel...then discovered Simpleway and its custom kits! I have my perfect satchel AND I made it myself. Makes it all the more special! Also bought the lovely Monet 2 bag kit, it has become my 'go to' bag for days out. Can't wait to see a man's wallet kit added to the catalogue...please?!" - thank you Rebecca, and we are working on our new mens wallet kit :)

Julie, 26.01.2016: "Purchased satchel kit and was amazed at how simple it was to make. Everything was included with clear instructions to make a very sturdy bag that will do me proud for years to come."- thanks Julie.

Mrs Fitzpatrick 11.03.2016

"I have collected my refurbished Chrissie handbag from the Post Office this morning and wanted to let you know how delighted I am both with the work carried out and the speed and efficiency of the service provided."

Fox Handbag

Nathalie, 10.01.2016: " I am loving my fox bag .Thank you so much for your amazing quality kit, and brilliant customer serviceFor a crafter like myself, who enjoys various crafts, it is an affordable way to try a different craft and have something you can treasure and be proud of forever! A craft that's functional is like getting two gifts in one too. I love my fox bag, it's soft, but sturdy and smells amazing. Can't wait for another kit.Thank you so much for your amazing quality kit, and brilliant customer service" - thank you very much Nathalie.

Simple WayKits

Ash, 26.01.2016: " All the kits I have purchased have been excellent quality, beautiful leathers, easy to assembly and last for years. A great new craft. " - Thank you Ash.

Mens Soft Shoes

Donald Hope, 26.01.2016: " I have made and worn simple way shoes for more than 25 years. No other shoes just simpleway the most comfortable, longest lasting shoes available. Bags of bags used by the family." - thank you Donald.

A gift from Santa!

Santa gave me a shoe kit for Christmas, made them up, and I've been wearing them ever since because they are so comfortable. I'll be ordering my summer shoes before long " BK Feb 2014
special white satchel

special white satchel

I just wanted to email and say thank you for the fantastic leather satchel kit. I bought the kit at the Harrogate "knit and stitch show" and I have finally made my bag and thought I would send a picture. It's had a great response with friends and family - all asking for one!
Thanks again and I will be purchasing more on the future. MM Yorks Jan 2014

Satchel kit for Christmas

Received it this morning, I am absolutely delighted, the quality surpasses all expectations. My daughter will be so pleased on Christmas morning. Now I have to decide whether I make it up or give it to her as the kit! Many many thanks. Have a great festive season. MM Scotland Dec 2013
extra special Devon Bag

extra special Devon Bag

I totally adore my new bag, the only problem is that my nieces now want one!! KW Wilts Oct 2013

red leather satchel is a hit

I have just made my red leather satchel kit up and I am delighted. It fitted together perfectly and has had many great comments. RG W Mids Sept 13

fast work!

Received stitched and in use - I love it. CS Hants Aug 2013

A very old maxi bag revived!

Thank you, Jill, for the prompt arrival of my order. And thank you very much indeed for enclosing the silver coloured maxi bag buckle so everything will match. Wonderful service! JG Cheshire Aug 2013

our shoes are highly recommended

Re Kent Show, would have given me much pleasure but I shall be away and unable to see you at Detling. Tell your customers that as a country GP I have worn only your shoes since they were first launched and on one occasion made a pair for a patient with a foot deformity - and he lived! GP Kent July 2013

comfy shoes

I wore the shoes this morning and they are what it says on the box, very comfortable. HM Sussex May 2013

A Satchel to be proud of!

I’ve now been using my satchel for a couple of weeks and it gets comments everywhere. I love the feel of the leather and am really proud of it. The stitch holes came up very accurate and made it totally foolproof. JW Warks May 2013
Special satchel colours

Special satchel colours

I've just completed my satchel bag and I love it! I don't know if you remember but we ordered it at the knit and stitch show in the NEC and I chose the the forest green and coffee/ beige colour which you said you had never done before so I sent a picture. MD Leics April 2013

A quick Kelly Bag!

Just received my Kelly bag kit and have made it already. An truly delighted with it and will be ordering more to make for presents. That is if I can bear to give them away. Kind regards. PH N Ireland April 2013
lovely satchel

lovely satchel

I am really thrilled with my new satchel. I found it quite easy to sew together; just a little awkward sewing the front to the bottom. I love the colours I have chosen but I do think the satchel would have looked even more stunning if the threads had been contrasting i.e. jade thread on the purple leather and purple thread to sew the jade tabs on with. Many thanks, JW Warks April 2013

Our bag straps are proving popular

Many thanks for my beautiful orange strap, I'm so pleased with it - just need to make a bag now!! JW West Mids April 2013

A recent convert!

I received my shoes from you on Saturday and wore them at work for the first time today. I thought I would let you know how impressed I am with the shoes. I am an Auxiliary Nurse and spend a lot of time on my feet. I have struggled to find a really comfortable pair of shoes for quite a while now. I can honestly say these are the most comfortable shoes I have had for a long time. They were as comfortable at the end of my shift as they were at the start. I have just ordered a second pair in navy so I can alternate and am sure I will be ordering from you again in the future. My husband has also chosen a pair from your catalogue as he can't believe how soft mine are and wants to try some for himself.

Thank you very much for a wonderful pair of shoes - I will be sure to recommend Simple way to all my colleagues. GD Tyne & Wear Feb 2013

Satchel with a top handle by request

Satchel with a top handle by request

Thank you for sending the replacement handle. I have finished the satchel. Well I finished it ages ago but was too busy enjoying using it to send the photos. So here are the photos. Really enjoyed sewing it. All the best. DS Wales Fab 2013
A well used satchel

A well used satchel

Thought you might like these two.
The jade satchel you may remember from my order at Westpoint in September. It does a three train journey to college most Fridays and still looks good!
Best wishes JC Jan 2013
Chrissie Bag

Chrissie Bag

The Chrissie bag was finished at the beginning of the week.
I am waiting to see if there's anything that catches my eye in your catalogue for this coming year, otherwise I'll be saving up for a Zoe bag! JC Jan 2013
handy tip

handy tip

Hi my daughter has just sent me the attached photo of her finished bag, she is delighted with it and loves the colour combination. She was having a problem with the fold over fastener you may remember. She did have to use quite a lot of force to make it go the first few times, but found a squirt of wd40 on a piece of cloth rubbed over was a great help. She wondered if this advice might help other customers to get a stubborn clasp going.

Overall a great experience and I am sure we will be returning customers. H H Yorks Jan 2013

Stunning Bags

Having seen your hand made bags at the show in harrogate and been amazed, I am interested to have your catalogue. From what I can remember, you sell the kit and the customer hand sew it all together to produce a stunning quality leather bag. JP Merseyside Jan 2013

a delighted customer

"Hi I am one of the recipients of a bag ordered at Harrogate, love the packaging, the colour combination, the smart catalogue and the service. I asked you to delay posting as I was going into hospital and you remembered, but still sent my order in plenty of time for Christmas. I am sure my daughter will love it, thanks for good service" HN Dec 12

Fond memories!

The kits arrived wednesday 5th december. As I had a day off spent it making up the kits. It brought back memories of my childhood, when I'd do sewing cards while my younger siblings had their post lunch naps. Thank you Helen HM E Susssex Dec12

Satchels to Australia

Thank you so very much, the satchel kits are brilliant, I really love the special colours you put together for us, The prompt delivery also appreciated across the globe.

We wish you a wonderful warm Christmas with your loved ones.

From a very warm and thankful Marina MM Australia Nov 2012
A fast worker!

A fast worker!

Hello, I've put together my new bag with the purple and forest colour combo. Please find the picture attached. Bought at the knitting show in London, arrived on Saturday, put together on Sunday and being worn on Monday. Thank you! T E Sussex Oct 2012

birth of a satchel!

birth of a satchel!

Just to let you see the finished bag, I feel I have given birth to it but am very pleased all the same! LM Essex Oct 12
Our youngest customer!

Our youngest customer!

This must surely be our youngest customer, doesn't she look sweet! She's started a trend among her school chums! CW Wilts Sept2012

We can work wonders!

My refurbished shoes have arrived, and, my goodness, haven't you done a marvellous job !
Thanks very much. O H herefordshire July 2012

Personalised Bag

Thank you so much for personalising my bag. It already has plenty of use and with the liner in it, it should make me more organised as well. I'll be putting your website on my gifts for mum - list ideas and hopefully the kids will be ordering from you in the near future! From one very happy customer, many thanks. JT Glos July 2012

We like happy customers!

Many thanks. The shoes arrived today - I am delighted, as always, with the product and the service. MH Yorks June 2012

happy customer

Thank you for my order for a small satchel kit which arrived on Saturday.

I am really really pleased with it and got started right away! My order was for a waxy brown with lemon and lipstick. JL W Mids. April 2012

It's Sew easy!

Just to say thank you - order arrived on Friday both bags completed by Saturday and used on Saturday afternoon.

Kit was very easy to sew and instructions were brilliant. MS Worcs. April 2012

Praise indeed!

Thanks so much for your quick dispatch of my order last week. The quality is fantastic and I'm very impressed.

I normally make my leather bags from scratch but when I saw your advert in the latest craft magazine I thought I'd see what your kits were like.
I was not disappointed. The quality of the leather was brilliant and having all the edges pre-skived and holes punched took so much of the hard work out of the preparation
work. I've completed the bag in double quick time but unfortunately I've ran out of the tan thread and only have the last two bits of the buckle parts to
stitch on. Please could I purchase some more waxed tan thread to complete the job properly? I also want to order another bag so should I go back on to
your website to do that part of the order and request the thread through this email? AM Notts April 2012
(we sent some extra thread with our compliments!)

A very busy customer!

Well, I did the purse first, then made a watch strap that fitted my swollen wrist. Next I made my shoes - they fit like a glove. I'm going to make a belt from the rest of the leather offcuts. Thank you very much for enabling me to do this. RL Mar 2012

New Catalogue

I wish the company well and congratulate you on a very attractive catalogue just arrived. May you thrive! You deserve to do so. Yours in peace. JB Somerset Mar 2012

A happy stitcher!

Hi, here is a snap of the satchel I made at christmas for Imogen, following a visit to Stitch and Knit at Harrogate. TM Leics Mar 2012

shoes across the world!

Recieved the shoes 29/2 here, 28/2 in the UK. Thank you for your quick service. AD New Zealand Feb 2012

Customised colours

I think my satchel's great! It was lovely to be able to choose the colour combination (at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace).

It was very easy to fit together. I was really impressed that the number of holes in every area matched up EXACTLY. HW Surry Feb 2012

A fitting problem solved

Thanks Jill. Fully assembled now - well, minus collars as I would need to cut longer ones but Janet said she didn't want them. I suspect that they're important in providing strength at the join twixt heel and sides but have left them off for now. Had to fit longer laces ( colour not ideal but we can find some better one soon!)

May need to modify the aprons as, though she needs the width at the top, there's spare further down. I may use what's on and slit it down the centre line, overlap the sides and tack them to make a pattern for cutting some new aprons. Might have fun skiving them - not my forte with a scalpel!

Janet says she happy with them so ..... I'll let her wear them more first. The great thing is that she can put them on easily and finds them comfy. Thank you for being so accommodating and helpful! JG Suffolk Jan 2012

More compliments!

I wanted to say how delighted I am with my new pink satchel. Your instructions are clear , the quality of the leather is exceptional and I thoroughly enjoyed completing the kit.
Well done , a fabulous idea , well presented and delivered very quickly.
Thank you I will certainly buy another one. JS Lancs Jan 2012

Amazing Satchel

I recently ordered one of your satchels - thank you so much. It's exactly what I had been looking for, and recently held its own at big meetings in Delhi. (No-one believed I'd made it myself!) JM Jan 2012

New look for old favourites

A few weeks ago, I ordered (and got very promptly) some red thread. It was only whe I finally got round to putting new soles on my shoes that I realised my red shoes had originally been sewn with brown thread to match the soles!
I decided that I'd try it with red thread and see what it looked like - I had a feeling that you'd never advocated using red thread on brown soles (though I might be wrong).
Anyway, I've done them and thought you might like to see what they look like, so I've attached pictures. When I was doing the first few stitches, I wasn't sure about it - but I'm quite impressed with the final result!


Hi, I’ve just made up my large satchel kit that you sent me and I love it! I really want to make a purse to match - my satchel is bright pink (lipstick) with bright green trim. GK Yorks Jan 2012

French chic from Helene

Dear Jill,
I didn't forget you! There are the picutres!
It' s took more time I thought because I wanted make a lining.
I'm really proud of myself and thanks to you. Hélène G France Oct 2011

Bronwen is thrilled

I absolutely love my new satchel. Beautiful design and easy to put together. Colourway is fabulous - can't wait to show it off! B R Oct 2011

a very enthusiastic stitcher!

Thank you so much for the satchel kit that arrived yesterday. I could not resist making it straight away and used it this morning for the first time. KQ Oct 2011

Emma loves her satchel

I thought you might like to see my finished satchel! EE Aug 2011

Adelighted customer says:

I took my lipstick pink Toggle bag kit on holiday - and spent a rainy afternoon making it. I am really pleased with the results.

I ordered the Wave Bag this morning - this order isn't urgent - as I'm not off on holiday and I also want to show off my pink bag first! MK Berks June 2011

Love that satchel!

I've just seen someone in Tesco using your satchel - just had to find out where she got it and send for the catalogue! LG Leics June 2011

Another happy customer! JB May 2011

Just sending you a quick e.mail to tell you how much I love my satchel, was very excited when it arrived and got down to it straight away, (took me 7 hours to hand sew with a break for dinner) my fingers were very sore the next day! Been out with it on a couple of occasions and it has been admired, (a) for quality of leather and (b) for the style, thought you would like to.

Lisa says

Superb....... Bag finished.....!!!
It only took me one day because I couldn't put it down.....
Think I might have to purchase another soon.
April 2011

Anna says

My parcel has arrived and I have now finished and used my Chrissie bag on several occasions. I love it!
Thanks for an excellent service. AN W Mids 28.4.11


A delighted customer in her bespoke leather waistcoat created for her landscape gardening business. Anne designed her own jacket for her specific needs. She is a gardener trained in horticulture by the (WFGA) Women Farm and Garden Association.

Their website is http://www.wfga.org.uk/wrags.html for more information.

P D from Spain says

Many thanks for my Chocolate coloured shoes - they are comfortable from the moment I started to wear them! I'm delighted.

WB Says

I've just completed my second pair of shoes. I found it immensly satisfying making the shoes and I will never understand how the sections nowhere fit my feet when held against them, but magically do fit once stitched together!'

SG Comments

'Safely received and as always, wonderful.' Thanks

GS from Yemen told us

'I have worked in 5 continents and have yet to find any shoe as good as Simple Way.'

From MR in East Sussex

'I would just like to say how much I appreciate your wonderful shoes and the brilliant service I always receive when dealing with you. Thank you so much for taking the hassle out of shoe shopping.'

And others..

'My repaired shoes arrived this morning. What a wonderful job you have done on them! Thank you so much.' PF Whitley Bay

'I have used your products for some time and have always been highly satisfied. Long may you reign.' DR

'My shoes have arrived and I just want to say how pleased I am - one pair repaired and one new pair - I feel I have 2 new pairs of shoes! Thanks for the speed with which my order was delivered.' CM Whitby

'Thankyou very much for my shoes, they fit beautifully.' VR Kettering

"Thank you so much for sending the thread, I was devastated when I realised what I'd done. Can't wait to finish them now, I'd forgotten how satisfying it is to make shoes." BLJ Surrey

"Thank you so very much for the comfortable shoes I received yesterday, I am most comfortable with them and grateful for this help with my walking problem." Miss S Leicestershire

"Very many thanks to Shirley & Dorothy for remaking my shoes recently, I am very pleased with them. Always so comfortable." MB Teignmouth

"I've just finished and started wearing my new 'Bliss' sandals - what a good choice of name, they really are blissful to wear. I've been wearing your shoes for the best part of 15 years, but these are the most comfortable yet." M

"Many thanks from a delighted customer. 70+ and never had a pair of sandals in my life! Red shoes too - I'm in heaven!" CM Yorkshire

"We had a wonderful holiday in China, travelled thousands of miles wearing hand made Simple Way shoes of course! They were superbly comfortable - so recommended them to another lady in our holiday group. Many thanks." RP Ipswich

"Thank you very much for the two replacement left shoes. My husband is delighted to have them. With best wishes to you and your business." Lady V, Bucks

Fab kits

Saw you at the Sewing and Knitting show - the kits I have made are fab! VG. IoM Nov 2012

2014 catalogue an inspiration!

First I'd like to say that I really love your cataligue and I'm always inspired by it. I really love the leather satchels and the monet bag. AH Lancs March 2014
Men's Soft Shoes

Men's Soft Shoes

"I've worn nothing else for 34+ years. They are FAB. So Guardian, You need to practice making more!"

Leah's Green Satchel

Look at this amazing design; the satchel was med from our Small Satchel Kit in Apple Green Firm Leather