One of my best jobs ever was Shoe Buyer for a boutique. That's kind of a "duuuuh" I guess, but seriously, I loved buying shoes for all of us. It didn't hurt that I got lots of free shoes. Or it hurt so good.
In my indominable DIY spirit, my mind wandered to my ultimate wish-list boots, a custom pair of mukluks on Etsy, and I got instantly motivated to climb into the indie craft wormhole and pull out the best Etsy has to offer in the way of handmade shoes.
Here's 9 shops, in alphabetical order, using their own hands to keep your feet looking good:
1. 23 Tribes, Oakland, CA
2. darlingtonia, Northern California
3. Fairysteps, United Kingdom
4. Hydra Heart, Long Beach, CA
5. LaLa Shoes, Croatia
6. Mohop, Chicago, IL
7. Netamir, Tel Aviv, Israel
8. Spirocreations, Aukland, New Zealand
9. Zerkahloostruh, Massachusetts
There you go. Pretty heavy on the yellow color-story overall, but I'm feeling it!
What's your take on independent shoes manufacturers? With a couple exceptions, I think the prices are not bad and I love that people are really putting love and craftsmanship into these.
What shoes are on your wish list right now?