Imagine my delight when Julyan Davis agreed to do a trade with me for one of his paintings, Creek Study II. He asked if I had any interest in making a Twenties-inspired shoe. Who me? Julyan picked the leather colors and I chose to do a two-tone oxford.
What a blessing when a local man finds me to make him a pair of oxfords. This was my first time working in shell cordovan. What an honor to work is this exalted leather. Gabe was patient with me for I went on to make a second pair of fitters in order to further modify the lasts for his feet and get the perfect fit. We are both pleased with the final results and he even said they were worth the wait.
It couldn’t be more fitting that the Wizard shoes are complete in October. Excited to ship them to my brother tomorrow. These are the largest shoes I’ve made to date, they’re nearly size 14. I broke the derby line rule for the bat-wing design. He’s going to have to open the laces a lot to get his foot in but for the effect I think it’s worth it.
This adorable little red, sole press made the last leg of it’s journey to me here in Asheville last month. Over a year ago my dear friend from Austin, Jim, found this little sweetie at a Massachusetts flea market. The vendor lives in Nashville and planned to be at Canton, Texas, for First Monday and agreed to bring it to Texas. Jim and his wife picked up Little Red in Canton and brought it back to Austin, where I was planning to be last Thanksgiving to visit friends and attend folk dance camp. In October I got a job so was unable to make the trip to Austin. Last month, my very good friends, Ron and Monica (the MoRon’s), brought this well-traveled little gem to me in Asheville on the first leg of their trip to New England for the summer. Thank you to everyone who participated in getting Little Red to me here in Asheville. I just love it. It’s so cute.
Asheville Made did a story on me this month. What wonderful writing and excellent photos!! Thank you kindly!! What a fabulous publication.
I’m pleased to announce that I got a partial run of lasts in this cool toe shape. These lasts are asymmetrical in the front, following the shape of the toes, which makes so much sense from a comfort standpoint. I have never been able to find this shape before but these lasts found me! I’m delighted to have this style available in so many sizes.
My first student completed her spectators this week. Sarah is a fantastic student and wonderful wise woman. It was great working with her. Who’s next? Shoe school is open for business.
I sent this pair of dance shoes off to a client in Boynton Beach who I met at World Camp. I got to practice “springing” on the vamp since the upper crosses the vamp point.
The Laurel of Asheville did a story on me in the October issue!!!!
Last weekend I was fortunate to attend World Camp in Iroquois Springs, NY. What fabulous fun. I learned so much. It was my first time at World Camp and I felt very welcomed. There was live music by Edessa (Balkan border music) from Berkeley. Dancers attended from Montreal, Toronto, New York, Boston, Washington DC, Austin, San Francisco… Made some new friends and had quality time with some old ones.
I set up a table to sell my bespoke dance shoes and took several orders!!!!!
This video is one of the Pontic dances and is led by Kyriakos Moisidis of Thessaloniki. I had no idea before about this ethnographic distinction of Pontic dances but I like it.