Shoes Made Simple
If the turn of the nineteenth
century was the beginning of the designer one-of-a-kind shoe,
the turn of the twentieth century would mark the advent of the
Perhaps it is a reaction against
the parallel trend towards labels and logos. The customization
of footwear and fashion is much more entailed than ever before.
We did some research to find out where you can learn to make
custom shoes of your own.
First we found Alan Zerobnick,
Leatherworker and Shoemaker of Port Townsend, Washington. Alan
runs one of the few Shoemaker Schools in the United States and
makes custom shoes for a select group of clients. He is a consultant
for several shoe manufacturers, and is even working on a proprietary
system of computer hardware and software designed to revolutionize
the custom shoemaking industry.
His company Digitoe, has developed
a non-contact foot scanner that is programmed to measure the
foot and design a custom last, which then can be read by a computer.
Once people's feet have been
measured and their last details are on file, they could communicate
with Digitoe directly by Internet or telephone without having
to return to a retail-fitting center, thereby making Mass Customization
Alan teaches nearly five intense
three day workshops annually at this Tenderfoot ShoeSchool in
Port Townsend. At his school base includes not only novice artisans
but company executives and designers, or simply anyone interested.
As for the requirements of the students, nothing less than no
prior experience and a positive attitude is needed. In the workshop,
students see how everything is done and actually get to make
a pair of shoes for their own.
For more information visit www.ShoeSchool.com.