AstralChrysalis

Handcrafted Leather Hats, Accessories & Virtual Classes

Nevada City, California

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Announcement    Thank you for visiting! We are so blessed to have such a diverse family of humans wearing our art all over the planet!! New in our shop in 2021 are Handmade Leather Sandals!!

We appreciate your purchase from our shop more than ever, as 90% of our yearly income is from In-Person sales at events all over the West Coast. We are definitely navigating these new challenging circumstances with a smile and a prayer! 90% of what we earn yearly has disappeared and all our shows have been canceled until 2022 due to the pandemic.

We are also helping a dear friend with Stage 4 Cancer get through this rough time. The proceeds for all the incredible Vintage you see being added to our shop go to help her. She has impeccable taste in vintage, great prices and incredible quality. We are stepping up to help her get all her inventory online to support her treatments and her well being. Every time you purchase a vintage piece from our Etsy shop your dollars directly contribute to helping fight breast cancer. Please take a moment to check out Ilene's blog at https://cancerbus.com/ where you can join her and over 2000 readers in furthering the discussion and raising awareness. Ilene is thriving and living with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, she is truly an inspiration and we are so grateful to have her in our lives.

Be Well, Remember to Breathe, This Too Shall Pass, In Solidarity, With Love and Gratitude, Our Hearts are with you all!
Blessings,
Azalyne & Aurelius (+3 teens & 1 Kitty)

11/20/2019 Previous Shop Announcement |
The small caterpillar of a business known as Feathery Leathery (our original incarnation Est. 2011) wove an intricate chrysalis in which we began fine-tuning our designs and mastering our craft. Creating hours of endless art, hand-drafting patterns inspired by our magic, love for nature and our multidimensional cosmic selves. Ever whimsical, ever joyfully exploring the textures of silk, nuno and lace combined with leather. Until transformation was complete and Astral Chrysalis Designs spread its wings and emerged in 2014. From our humble beginnings as mask makers to the present moment, we have an all-original design repertoire of 50+ designs. Aside from being deeply in love with the process of creating our art, we are also still madly in love with each other and are excited to share that in 2015 we were handfasted in Ireland. We are so grateful to be back and so blessed to share our art with the world!

The re-incarnation of our shop is quite eclectic and you will find *In Stock One of a Kind Items* for sale, alongside CUSTOM/MADE TO ORDER limited edition item listings. Additionally, we have a new section of offerings for all the Etsy crafters out there! In this section, we will be offering our intricate original art leather filigree remnants for sale, as well as bags of scrap leather for a steal!

In-stock items, leather filigree hides and scrap bags will all ship 2-3 business days from the time of purchase. Custom/Made to Order listings typically take 2-3 weeks to complete and ship. We wish we could get these items out faster, but we are only two people creating everything with our own hands, in our home, while raising 3 teens!! If you need your piece by a specific date please convo us before ordering, so we may confirm our ability to make the item in time for your special event.

If you are an International Customer and need your item quickly, please convo us before purchasing, so we can make sure your needs are in alignment with the reality of our production schedule.

FREE SHIPPING ON US ORDERS for most of our items! Questions~please convo us!

We are excited to be a long-time member of the *Fantasy Artists of Etsy Team*, also popularly known as "FAEteam", please check out the incredible art of our fellow members' by going here: www.etsy.com/search?q=faeteam

If you happened to meet us at a festival and would like a custom order or to simply connect further, please message us. Also, please take a moment to "Like" our Facebook Fan Page, peruse our Instagram Gallery and follow us on Twitter:

https://www.facebook.com/Astralchrysalis
https://www.instagram.com/astralchrysalis
https://www.twitter.com/astralchrysalis

If you absolutely love what we do and want to see us fully supported to continue creating our art please please consider becoming a Patron of Astral Chrysalis Designs, every dollar helps, truly!
https://www.patreon.com/AstralChrysalis

For the love of creating~
Azalyne & Aurelius
https://www.astralchrysalis.com
https://www.imaginalwear.com
https://www.etsy.com/imaginalwear
(Imaginal Wear is our clothing line! Our original art printed onto Eco-Friendly fabric made in N. America!)

Remember..."you are loved and all is well"...

~*~Your thoughts create your reality, manifest what you want for the highest good of all, that is true magick, do harm to none~*~2019 Blessings & Abundance!

Announcement

Last updated on Apr 18, 2021

Thank you for visiting! We are so blessed to have such a diverse family of humans wearing our art all over the planet!! New in our shop in 2021 are Handmade Leather Sandals!!

We appreciate your purchase from our shop more than ever, as 90% of our yearly income is from In-Person sales at events all over the West Coast. We are definitely navigating these new challenging circumstances with a smile and a prayer! 90% of what we earn yearly has disappeared and all our shows have been canceled until 2022 due to the pandemic.

We are also helping a dear friend with Stage 4 Cancer get through this rough time. The proceeds for all the incredible Vintage you see being added to our shop go to help her. She has impeccable taste in vintage, great prices and incredible quality. We are stepping up to help her get all her inventory online to support her treatments and her well being. Every time you purchase a vintage piece from our Etsy shop your dollars directly contribute to helping fight breast cancer. Please take a moment to check out Ilene's blog at https://cancerbus.com/ where you can join her and over 2000 readers in furthering the discussion and raising awareness. Ilene is thriving and living with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, she is truly an inspiration and we are so grateful to have her in our lives.

Be Well, Remember to Breathe, This Too Shall Pass, In Solidarity, With Love and Gratitude, Our Hearts are with you all!
Blessings,
Azalyne & Aurelius (+3 teens & 1 Kitty)

11/20/2019 Previous Shop Announcement |
The small caterpillar of a business known as Feathery Leathery (our original incarnation Est. 2011) wove an intricate chrysalis in which we began fine-tuning our designs and mastering our craft. Creating hours of endless art, hand-drafting patterns inspired by our magic, love for nature and our multidimensional cosmic selves. Ever whimsical, ever joyfully exploring the textures of silk, nuno and lace combined with leather. Until transformation was complete and Astral Chrysalis Designs spread its wings and emerged in 2014. From our humble beginnings as mask makers to the present moment, we have an all-original design repertoire of 50+ designs. Aside from being deeply in love with the process of creating our art, we are also still madly in love with each other and are excited to share that in 2015 we were handfasted in Ireland. We are so grateful to be back and so blessed to share our art with the world!

The re-incarnation of our shop is quite eclectic and you will find *In Stock One of a Kind Items* for sale, alongside CUSTOM/MADE TO ORDER limited edition item listings. Additionally, we have a new section of offerings for all the Etsy crafters out there! In this section, we will be offering our intricate original art leather filigree remnants for sale, as well as bags of scrap leather for a steal!

In-stock items, leather filigree hides and scrap bags will all ship 2-3 business days from the time of purchase. Custom/Made to Order listings typically take 2-3 weeks to complete and ship. We wish we could get these items out faster, but we are only two people creating everything with our own hands, in our home, while raising 3 teens!! If you need your piece by a specific date please convo us before ordering, so we may confirm our ability to make the item in time for your special event.

If you are an International Customer and need your item quickly, please convo us before purchasing, so we can make sure your needs are in alignment with the reality of our production schedule.

FREE SHIPPING ON US ORDERS for most of our items! Questions~please convo us!

We are excited to be a long-time member of the *Fantasy Artists of Etsy Team*, also popularly known as "FAEteam", please check out the incredible art of our fellow members' by going here: www.etsy.com/search?q=faeteam

If you happened to meet us at a festival and would like a custom order or to simply connect further, please message us. Also, please take a moment to "Like" our Facebook Fan Page, peruse our Instagram Gallery and follow us on Twitter:

https://www.facebook.com/Astralchrysalis
https://www.instagram.com/astralchrysalis
https://www.twitter.com/astralchrysalis

If you absolutely love what we do and want to see us fully supported to continue creating our art please please consider becoming a Patron of Astral Chrysalis Designs, every dollar helps, truly!
https://www.patreon.com/AstralChrysalis

For the love of creating~
Azalyne & Aurelius
https://www.astralchrysalis.com
https://www.imaginalwear.com
https://www.etsy.com/imaginalwear
(Imaginal Wear is our clothing line! Our original art printed onto Eco-Friendly fabric made in N. America!)

Remember..."you are loved and all is well"...

~*~Your thoughts create your reality, manifest what you want for the highest good of all, that is true magick, do harm to none~*~2019 Blessings & Abundance!

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About AstralChrysalis

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On Etsy since 2011

We create gorgeous one of a kind original pieces of wearable leather art. Seriously, it's practically all we do and we love it!

When Azalyne and Aurelius serendipitously met they were awe struck by the spark. Bringing illuminated vision to each other's creativity, they decided to co-create high vibration wearable artwork forged in inspiration, artistry and expertise.

Aw-'Muse'-ing as the conversation was, half-joking Azalyne expressed a desire to create one of a kind feather adornments, "Feathery," she stated. Laughing, Aurelius replied "and Leathery," which just so happened to be his creative forte. Thus Feathery Leathery was born, an illustrious combination of the elements of earth and sky.

Within the magical realm of Faerieworld's 2010 the idea of Feathery Leathery was birthed & nurtured. It is truly amazing the magic that can happen when you choose to align with source energy, put out positivity, flow with creative inspiration and hold a vibration of high integrity~the result has been immense abundance and profound connections. We feel unbelievably blessed to see our co-created vision fully manifest out of so much love and attention. All has come full circle. So grateful to each of you!!!

Do you have a creative vision you would like to see manifested into a one of a kind wearable art piece? Send us a message and tell us about it~we love the inspiration we receive with each custom order, such gifts of vision come from each customer. Yet at the same time let us inspire you, we are very very good at it. We are ready to co-create with you!

It is beyond exciting to be able to create what lives in our cosmically divine hearts & soul (yes, twin flames here)~*~living our bliss is so delicious...

Blessings~Azalyne & Aurelius

“We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems.”
― Arthur O'Shaughnessy, Poems of Arthur O'Shaughnessy

Shop members

  • Azalyne Raven Winter Skye

    Owner, Designer, Maker, Cosmically Ordained Creatress, Head Muse(!) & Faerie Queen!

    ~*~I am LOVE, a Keeper of the Light, Mother, Dancer of Fire Blissings, Truth Seeker, Goddess of Foodgasmic Bliss~ Wild Mushroom Hunter, Herbalist, Healer, & Witch. I am a Creatress, Fae Queen & Muse in service of Divine Flow~*~

  • Aurelius Rune

    Owner, Designer, Maker, Shapeshifter, Cosmically Inspired Designer & Chief Technomancer

    I am a multidimensional being~both human & more. I am here to love~to learn~to grow from all that touches me. I express my world and sight through Photography, Leathercraft and Digital Design.

Production partners

  • An Earth Grown Crystal!!

    UT, United States

    Gaia is the beautiful planet that we all live on and she creates gorgeous magical healing crystals.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 18, 2021
Welcome to Astral Chrysalis Designs, Formerly Feathery Leathery, the lovechild of Azalyne Skye and Aurelius Rune.

Yup, we are back at long last, having taken an Etsy hiatus since 2013! We are unbelievably excited to share all our newest designs with you and return to offering our handmade wearable art creations to the Etsy community. FYI, Feathery Leathery isn't actually gone, rather it has become the mask making side of our leathercraft business, under the umbrella of Astral Chrysalis Designs. Our craft is born out of our connection to nature, and draws inspiration from the Elementals, Cosmic, Elven, Faerie Realms and of course our Wild Visionary Imaginings!

The new incarnation of our Etsy shop includes some changes! We will continue to offer One of a Kind pieces, but will now also offer Custom/Made to Order Limited Edition pieces. The Limited Edition items will change seasonally and once the small amount listed sell out, they will no longer be available. Please know our fingerprint is in each and every one of our creations. Coming up with new designs, creating mostly one of a kinds and developing our techniques has taken immense commitment, time, resources, energy and money. We do our very best to make our art affordable, while also honoring the hard work, love and magic that has been infused into each design.

We are proud to be artists who are aspiring to sustain ourselves thru our creativity. We hope you are inspired by our work and invite you to contact us with any questions or requests.

Blessed Be~
Azalyne & Aurelius

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept returns or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
We are happy to exchange an item if the piece you purchased does not fit just right, afterall we want you to love and wear our art! On that note, we do not accept returns, therefore your purchase is non refundable. However, you can always exchange it for a different size or a different item. We are reasonable people and we do want you to be happy. If there is an issue please communicate and we will see what we can do to remedy the situation. Items damaged or lost during shipping are not refundable, please purchase insurance if you are concerned with this.

We stand by our work 150% and guarantee it! If you have a snap or magnet fail, a stitch that needs reinforcing, a rivet that needs replacing, we'll do it for free. You cover the cost of shipping to get the item back to us, we'll repair and ship it back. We pride ourselves on building leather pieces that can be passed down to the next generation!
Payment
We accept Paypal.
Shipping
In stock items, leather filigree pieces and 2 lb scrap bags will all ship 1-3 business days from the time of purchase. Custom Made to Order listings and Limited Ed. Made to Order items typically take 2-3 weeks to complete and ship. We wish we could get these items out faster, but we are only two people creating everything with our own hands, in our home, while raising 3 teens! If you need your piece by a specific date please convo us before ordering, so we may confirm our ability to make the item in the timeframe desired.

If you are an International Customer and need your item quickly, please convo us before purchasing, so we can make sure your needs are in alignment with the reality of our production schedule.

We offer FREE US Shipping on most items. We ship carefully via USPS with Delivery Confirmation. If you would like Insurance or faster shipping please message us.
Additional policies and FAQs
SANDAL FAQ Continued:

Sandal FAQ 11-I’m not sure the toe loop will be comfortable, is there any reason to keep it?

You can opt to remove the toe loop from any pair of our sandals, BUT we don’t recommend it! Removing the toe loop has the effect of causing your feet to not be seated properly in the sandal, which can result in the foot moving forward and backward as you dance or walk. No toe loop means that there is nothing to anchor your foot to stay in place as you move about. The side loops help keep your foot anchored, but they are not enough, which is why we always recommend the toe loop.

For those of you who are concerned with the comfort of the toe loop, we want to assure you that we use the softest most comfortable deer hide leather. We’ve heard from many customers over the years that they were delighted by how comfortable our sandals are to wear.

Sandal FAQ 12-I am confused about what constitutes a Custom Pattern? Don’t you have Standard Sizes I can choose from?

Yes, we have Standard Sizes, in whole sizes from Size 5 to 11. A Custom Pattern is only necessary if you do not fit one of our Standard Sizes, which you can determine by tracing your feet, measuring your feet and referencing our handy dandy Sizing Chart, which is always listed in the images of all our sandal listings.

Custom Patterns are made for Narrow or Wide feet, for Two Different Size Feet, for feet whose Pinky Toes sit further back on one or both feet, and for half sizes that prefer a super-specific fit. Additionally, a Custom Pattern is recommended for feet that have any other unique condition that affects the shape of the foot.

Ideally, we want the sandals we make you to fit your feet perfectly, sometimes that requires a Custom Pattern. Ultimately, what size we make you is up to you. For example, you might be a 7.5 foot, but you decide to go with a Standard Size 8, because the size difference is minimal. Or you are a size 7.5 and you really want the sandals to fit your feet exactly and a Standard 8 is too large in your opinion, so you opt for a Custom Pattern.

A Custom Pattern requires us creating a unique pattern specific to your individual feet and hand cutting your sandals. As a result Custom Made Sandals take more time, materials, and energy. We do charge an additional $35 for all Custom Pattern Sandals.

Custom Pattern Sandals are not exchangeable, as they are made for your specific foot shape and will not be wearable by anyone, but you.

Standard sizes may be exchanged so long as they are UNWORN, show absolutely no sign of wear to the SOLES and are RETURNED WITHIN 14 DAYS of Delivery!

We do not offer refunds or cancellations.

Sandal FAQ 13- I'm a returning customer with a Custom Pattern on file for my foot size, will I be charged the Custom Fee of $35 if I order another pair of sandals?

Yes. Although we have your Custom Pattern already on file, Custom Pattern Sandals require the same amount of work it took us to make your original pair, namely hand-cutting and punching all the holes, since they are not a Standard Size. Making a Custom Pattern Pair of Sandals takes extra time and materials, which is why we charge the $35 Custom Fee with each Custom Pattern Made Pair. The excellent news is you don’t have to do anything this round, as we have your Custom Pattern already on file, making it easy for you to order additional sandals that you know will fit your unique feet perfectly!

Sandal FAQ 14- I have high arches, will your sandals work for my feet?

There is no arch support built into our sandals. Altho, we are currently experimenting with adding arch support! Until we are confident that our arch support pattern will work, you can opt for adding a single or double layer of extra foam padding to your sandals. This may or may not provide the arch support you require, but it will help! We have had customers purchase arch supports and adhere them to the sandals with double-stick tape. We've heard that this works well. However, we are actively working to create a sandal with built-in arch support for those of you who need it. Feel free to message us to learn more.

Sandal FAQ 15- Are the side loops and heel straps interchangeable?

No, they are not. The heel straps and side loops are glued, as well as sewn into the footbed, and cannot be interchanged. The only part of the sandal that is interchangeable is the laces. Swapping out your laces for a different color can give your sandals a whole new look and more versatility in matching all your outfits/costumes. Additional laces can be purchased in our shop.

Sandal FAQ 16- As New Owners, what changes have you made to the Sandals?

As long-time leathercrafters who specialize in 3-dimensional pattern construction for hats and other pieces of wearable art, we immediately had insight into ways to not only make your favorite sandals more aesthetically pleasing but way to make them last even longer. Which we have to say is already impressive with a 5-8 year life!

Aesthetically and functionally, we’ve added a beveled edge to the footbed, as well as stitch detail for a more finished look. We’ve added Black Oak Tanned Leather as a Sole option for those of you who really want a black sole versus the undyed natural color sole, again purely aesthetic. We’ve brought back Rubber Soles with good traction for everyday wear from the top producers in the world, Vibram and Nora.

Functionally, we are reinforcing the Side Loops, Toe Loop, and Heel Strap with stitching using an industrial strength thread. This stitching will aid in preventing the leather from stretching out over time. And last, but certainly not least we are offering Resoling of your Sandals with a Leather Sole!! Resoling will be offered on a case-by-case basis, dependent upon the condition of the Side Loops, Toe Loop, and Heel Straps.

For our Deerhide laces we've double layer glued them to ensure they will last longer and help prevent them from overstretching. We've added Cowhide Laces, which are a single layer lace that is both strong and comfortable. All Metallic Laces are double to triple layered to ensure integrity.

For now, these are the only changes to the physical product. Please feel free to ask us questions if any of this is confusing.

Sandal FAQ 17-I noticed I can opt for a small heel being added to my sandals. Is it possible to have a higher heel added?

You can definitely opt for our standard small heel which measures a little over 1/2" when combined with the footbed and sole. Our small heel is purely for aesthetics, allowing these sandals to remain flexible and comfortable to wear. Our sandal design cannot accommodate a higher, more stacked heel. This would require thicker heavier-weight soles, arch support, and a steel shank between the Sole and the Footbed. At this time we are focused on creating sexy, simple, lightweight, flexible, comfortable, barefoot feel sandals that you can dance the night away in. After all, the original design of these sandals was made for belly dancers.

Sandal FAQ 18- What is your Return Policy?

We do not offer Refunds or Cancellations, so please read the entire FAQ and listing description, then message us with any questions before placing your order. Custom Pattern Sandals are not exchangeable, as they are made for your specific feet. Standard sizes may be exchanged for another Standard Size or upgraded to a Custom Order for an additional $35 fee. Exchanges on Standard Sizes must be initiated within 14 days of delivery to be considered. The sandals must be returned in UNWORN condition with ZERO signs of wear to the Sole. Return shipping is the customer's responsibility. There is no longer a restocking fee on exchanges.

Sandal FAQ 19- How long will it take for me to get my sandals?

Once you place your order we will review your foot tracing pictures, your sandal specifications, and the questions we requested you answer/include at checkout. The creation process of your sandals begins once we have all of the above information.

Production time is 2-3 weeks and shipping in the US takes 2-5 days depending on your location. If you are an International Customer please allow 3-4 weeks for your item to arrive. International shipping times have been significantly impacted by the worldwide pandemic. Additionally, we have no control over your specific countries VAT fee.

US Customers wanting sandals for a special performance or event need to order at least 4 weeks in advance to assure sandals can be made and shipped in time. For International customers please order 8 weeks in advance of the date you need sandals by.

For wedding sandals, we believe it is always wise to order a minimum of 6-8 weeks before your Wedding Date, that way if you end up needing to exchange for a different size there is time allotted for us to make your new pair and ship in time. We want your special day to be perfect!

Sandal FAQ 20- Do you have longer laces available that can wrap up to my knee?

Yes, we do, they are automatically included for size 10-11 sandals. However, if you order a pair of sandals in size 5-9, a standard pair of laces will be included. Athena Sandals are the only sandal style that automatically includes our Extra Long Laces for all sizes. Standard Laces are 79” in length. If you would like our Extra Long Laces, which measure 138” in length, please go to our 3 Lace Listings to purchase. Laces come in a wide variety of colors in Deerhide, Solid Cowhide, and Metallic Leather Options.

Sandal FAQ 21- My laces are worn out, is it possible to get a new pair?

Yes, absolutely. There are 3 listings in our Etsy Shop where you can purchase replacement laces of your choice. If you have laces that have broken and it is within 6 months of your purchase date of a pair of our sandals we will send you a free pair of laces to replace the broken ones. Simply message us. Laces purchased without sandals do not qualify for the 6-month guarantee. Laces do need to be replaced every year or so, as they simply don’t last forever.

Sandal FAQ 22- I’m a belly dancer who performs a lot outside, will your Dance Sole hold up?

The Dance Sole is our best-seller designed for belly dancers. It is best worn on all indoor surfaces and most outdoor surfaces with one exception- asphalt. The Dance Sole will hold up beautifully over many years on the carpet, wood floor, earth, but sadly asphalt will wear the soles out quickly. For dancers who dance on varied surfaces that include asphalt, we suggest investing in 2 different pairs of sandals, one for indoor stages (Dance Sole) and one for outdoor (Daily Sole). The main issue with asphalt is that excessive spinning can cause holes in the soles!

Sandal FAQ 23- I have a well-loved pair of your sandals that I’ve worn for many years. The soles are starting to wear thin. Can you resolve them for me?

It depends! If your pair of sandals have worn out the sole, there may also be extensive wear/stretching to the side loops, toe loop, and heel straps. If we determine that these parts are too worn out we will encourage you to purchase a new pair of sandals instead of resoling them and credit the money you spent for the resoling listing toward a new pair. If the above-mentioned leather uppers are in good condition we will gladly resole your leather sole sandals. Rubber soles are not resoleable. Please see the resoling listing here for even more information.

Sandal FAQ 24- How long do your sandals last? What if my sandals break or have an issue?

We’ve heard from our customers that our sandals last anywhere from 5-8 years depending on use and care. The previous owner said her sandals lasted between 8-10 years. We can’t guarantee how long your pair will last, as it depends on so many factors unique to you. However, we do guarantee sandal construction for 1 year from the purchase date and lace integrity for 6 months from the purchase date. If you have any issues in the above timeframes please contact us to arrange a sandal repair or to receive a pair of replacement laces.

If it is past the 1-year mark and your sandals need repair, please reach out to us and we can let you know if we can fix them and discuss what it will cost to do so.

Sandal FAQ 25- What types of leather are used to make your sandals?

We are proud to offer Hermann Oak Leather for our Sole Leathers. Their leather is the old style "vegetable tannage," so named to denote its organic (plant-based) origins. The raw materials used in this process are primarily organic in nature. The natural chemicals are tannins from tree bark, limestone, and oils.

We source the leather for our Footbeds and Uppers locally. The Uppers come in both Cow and Deer depending on the color you are desiring. Our Toe loops are always Deer, due to the soft comfortable feel. Our laces come in both Deer and Cow. Our Footbed Leather is made of high-quality waterproof Latigo Saddle Leather or Vegetable Tanned Undyed Leather.

Who We Are:
Azalyne & Aurelius have been co-creating beautiful, unique wearable leather art since 2011, mostly selling said art in person at events all over the West Coast. Astral Chrysalis Designs is very much our lovechild of a business. We infuse every piece we create with love, magic, and intention.

Azalyne has been dancing since she could walk. Her mother put her into Ballet, Tap, and Jazz classes at the International Academy of Dance in Chico, CA at age 5. When that dance journey ended abruptly at 12 years old due to financial hardship, she found other ways of expressing her love for dance. In high school she became obsessed with Theatre Arts, singing, dancing, and acting her way into a college theatre arts scholarship. After college, she started the journey of motherhood. During her 2nd pregnancy, she took Belly Dance classes with Palika Benton of Heavy Hips Tribal Belly Dance in Santa Cruz. Her draw to Belly Dance was very much connected to the experience of birth and birthing, she danced throughout her pregnancy and had a beautiful home birth for her twin baby boys. She attributes the ease and quickness of that birth experience to the empowered movement and muscle control/strength she gained through Belly Dance. Later, as a stay-at-home mama to her 3 young boys, dancing was a way to maintain sanity on a daily basis. The music was often kid-centered, but it did the trick, movement truly is magic! Dance has always been part of the language of her soul. Without daily dance, mostly around the house these covid days, she becomes a grumpy unproductive creative.

More information

Last updated on Apr 18, 2021
Frequently asked questions
SANDAL FAQ 1-How do I know if I fit your Standard Sizes or if I will need a Custom Pattern Made? Can you help me determine what size to order?

To ensure the correct size, trace both of your feet, measure your tracings and compare the measurements to our Sizing Chart pictured in the images of each listing. It is crucial that you mark the spot between the Big Toe and 2nd Toe (the "V"), so we can ensure Toe Loop placement is correct. Be sure to take each picture standing directly above the tracing with the tracing centered in the camera frame.

After Checkout send us 2 pictures, one of each tracing with a measuring tape placed along the length of the tracing, so we can confirm the size you've selected. we cannot begin making your sandals until we have these pictures, so please get them to us shortly after ordering.

Sandal FAQ 2-How do I trace my feet?

Stand barefoot on a white piece of paper. Using a PENCIL, hold it at a 90 degree angle to the paper and trace closely around your entire foot being careful to not angle the pencil under your foot. Erase any incorrect lines so we know the exact shape of your foot. Take the pencil and put it in the "V" between your Big Toe and Second Toe and mark the spot clearly with a small circle; this is where the toe loop holder will go which holds your foot securely in place. Repeat the entire process for your other foot. Use a separate piece of paper for each foot.

Sandal FAQ 3-My sandals arrived and they don’t fit, what are my options for exchanging?

If your Sandals arrive and they don't quite fit, you can exchange for a different size or upgrade to a Custom Pattern. Exchanges must be Returned to us within 14 days of delivery. You are responsible for the return shipping costs and there is no restock fee. Exchanges are only valid for UNWORN Sandals that show ZERO signs of wear to the Sole. Once we receive your returned Sandals we will contact you to confirm sizing details for your new pair and begin the process. The new pair will have the same 2-3 week production window.

Exchanges are not allowed on Custom Patterns, as these Sandals are made for your specific foot shape and will not be wearable by anyone, but you.

Sandal FAQ 4-Sizing Information for Return Customers

If you are a Return Customer, Select the Size you previously ordered and leave us a Note at Checkout letting us know you’ve ordered before. Whatever size you select at checkout will be the size we make and send you, so make sure you select the correct size. If you don’t remember what size you previously ordered, let us know and we will look it up for you.

If you are a Return Customer with a Custom Pattern on file, please leave us a Note at Checkout letting us know the approximate date you last ordered and what Name your Pattern is filed under. When you go to Checkout be sure to select the Variation that says “Custom” next to it. If you purchase the Custom Variation at checkout then there is no additional fee, it is already calculated in!

Sandal FAQ 5-I received my sandals and the Leather Soles are slippery. Are they safe to wear?

Yes, absolutely and like all leather items, there is a break in period. Once you receive your sandals we recommend wearing them outside onto the pavement to scuff up the soles a bit, which will give them more grab. The more you wear them the more they will break in, mold to the contours of your feet and create the perfect level of sole traction based on your specific movements. This small amount of traction will not inhibit your turns and glides, but will help give you ideal control over each movement.

Sandal FAQ 6-I’m not a dancer, but love the style of your sandals. Are these sandals ok for everyday wear?

Absolutely! This is why we offer so many different Sole Options Dance Sole, Daily Sole and Rubber Soles. The Daily Sole or Rubber Sole would be the best choice for everyday wear. If you want a leather sole the Daily Sole is a tough durable 8/10oz weight Leather Sole. Whereas the dance sole is a lightweight flexible 6/7oz weight sole and won’t hold up to everyday around town wear.

Sandal FAQ 7- Can you explain the difference between the 2 Types of Leather Soles you offer?

~ Dance Sole: 6/7oz (3/32" – 7/64") Oak Tanned Leather, thinnest sole we offer, gives ultimate flexibility, closest you will get to a barefoot feel. Comes in Natural and Black.
~ Daily Sole: 8/10oz (1/8"– 5/32") Oak Tanned Leather, this is the thickest sole we offer, it is sturdy and long lasting. Can be danced in, but not as flexible as the dance sole. Comes in Natural and Black.

Sandal FAQ 8- Can you tell me more about your Rubber Sole Options?

After a whole lot of thought we’ve decided to bring back the Rubber Sole Options for folks (like myself!) who want a more rugged everyday sole that can endure daily adventures during the warm months of the year.

We now offer the Highest Quality Premium Rubber Soles from Vibram and Nora, the best available in the world!

All Rubber Soles are 4mm (⅛” thick) with high abrasion resistance, excellent traction and durability for everyday wear. Rubber Soles come in Black, Brown and Sand.

The Rubber Sole Option is not recommended for dancers.

Sandal FAQ 9-I’m a Dancer and I am curious how your Leather Soles behave on different surfaces?

Our sandals are a must have for dancers who perform on a variety of different surfaces and will allow you to spin on both carpet, smooth floors and outdoors.

As a dancer of many years, I know how important it is that your feet move smoothly over whatever dance surface you are on. All it takes is one moment of your feet sticking to the floor for your knees to move ahead of your legs, which can result in a leg injury.

Our dance sandals have traditional Oak Tanned Leather Soles that are not only long lasting and durable, but glide easily over any surface, making turns effortless and graceful.

Sandal FAQ 10-I’m concerned with comfort, but not sure about adding padding. I tend to like a barefoot feel. Can you give me more information please?

We offer single padding and double padding options. We use a latex foam padding that is inserted between the Footbed and Sole of the sandal.

Feedback from our Dance customers is that the padding doesn't significantly impact foot flexibility. It gives just enough cushion, while allowing mobility with each bend of your foot. If you desire a little extra comfort we recommend the Dance Sole with 1 Layer of Padding. For a barefoot feel go sans padding.

For everyday wear/around town/outdoor adventuring or when you know you are going to be on your feet all day 1-2 layers of padding is just divine.