9 Etsy Shops Handmaking Shoes For You Like Adorable Storybook Elves

I don't know why it blows my mind that all shoes aren't made by corporate leather-and-cloth-cutting robots (which I support 100 percent). Here's a selection of lovingly hand-crafted kicks from me to thee.
Publish date:
November 2, 2011
shoppables, fashion, etsy, DIY, shoes, clueless, handmade, occupy my paypal account, Cher Horowitz

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.

Last Thursday, I popped into the grand opening of Chicago's new Stuart Weitzman boutique and was hurled full-force back into that obsessive Shoemania (and this).

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

Brown Leather Moccasins $175

2. darlingtonia, Northern California

Green and Red Apple Moccasin $129

3. Fairysteps, United Kingdom

DORIS Leather Shoe $263.11

4. Hydra Heart, Long Beach, CA

Organic Vegan Mustard Oxford $68

5. LaLa Shoes, Croatia

ZEN Vegan Ballet Flats $64

6. Mohop, Chicago, IL

Low Cherry Peeptoe Shoe $156

7. Netamir, Tel Aviv, Israel

Homemade Mary Jane Shoes $78

8. Spirocreations, Aukland, New Zealand

Custom Leather Mukluks $475

9. Zerkahloostruh, Massachusetts

Handmade Leather T-Strap Shoes $365

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?