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I started making my own shoes and boots in 2015, because I couldn’t buy what I needed. The shape of almost all commercially-available footwear was seriously damaging my feet. My big toe joints had started hurting with every step. The very few pairs that didn’t instantly cause pain when I put them on didn’t fit, were impractical for what I needed, or were downright hideous to look at.
Since I couldn’t buy footwear to suit, the only thing to do was to make my own. I bought some books. I took a couple of short, intensive shoemaking courses. Since then, I have made many blissfully comfortable pairs of shoes, boots and sandals to my own designs. My feet don’t hurt at all when wearing them, confirming to me that the pain I’d been experiencing arose from the footwear I had been wearing, not my feet.
There is no “right” way to make footwear, but there are better ways and worse ways. I decided to build this site to share what I have learned and make contact with other people who want to know more about making footwear that:
- Lets feet move naturally: doesn’t stress joints or cause bad posture
- Have flair: comfortable shoes don’t have to look like “old person’s shoes”!
- Can be repaired: too many “bought” shoes have to be thrown away because of minor issues
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and nothing on this site is intended to be medical advice. Before making changes to your footwear you should consult an appropriate medical practitioner.