Have you ever seen a pair of shoes and thought, Those would be just perfect if it had another little flourish here, or if the leather was distressed, or if there was lace here.
Or perhaps you just always sketched shoes in your notebook but never saw it as a legitimate career? Or even a hobby?
Llorraine Neithardt is a full-time Jungian-inspired clairvoyant, but teaches shoe-making on the side. Quelle femme formidable!
To sign up for one of her classes or order bespoke shoes from her, go here. Speaking of which, here are some of her bespoke shoes.
“If your devotion to the shoe resembles a form of worship … this will be your temple, and you, a disciple of the art of shoe making,” Ms. Neithardt says on her website.
As the article in the New York Times put it, the shoes you will make will be “fantastical creations of fig bark and rooster feathers, spotted python and blood-red kid leather.”
There are courses in mules (beginning), pumps (intermediate) and boots (advanced). There is also an experimental class, which sounds the most interesting to me. You must bring your own heel, shank and leathers. Basic soles are provided.
The workshops are around $2,000, so I’m praying for a tax windfall to give me the chance!
If you know about someone in your area or city who teaches shoe-making or even just shoe design, please post in the comments and inform other readers about this wonderful artistic opportunity.