Square toes and wingtips

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Progress on the rainbow shoes

I’m still getting the tongues too long which is a problem I only have on the cowboy boot shoes and it’s beginning to annoy me. Obviously I need to figure out what the problem is and fix it. Other than that, they’re pretty sweet.

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Closed toe sandals

I’m not sure what I’m doing here, but I’m having fun!

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Introducing

Introducing “If Heartaches Had Wings”

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Introducing

Introducing “Some Days are Diamonds”

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On the trees

It’s always a good feeling to reach this stage. I’ll let them sit over the weekend and then send them to their new owners.

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Labor and delivery

It was another hard labor but the second pair of lasts have been safely delivered and I’m going home. Shaping the heels will be easy tomorrow because the boots weigh half as much with no lasts inside!

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???

Am I posting this picture (gasp, wheeze) to show my progress on this pair, or is posting an update (puff, pant) just a good excuse to take a break after wrestling the lasts out? 🥴

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USNA

Throwback to the time I built a pair of boots for a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. Please note the red, white, and blue top beading.

Picture quality isn’t that great because I am old and these were taken with film, and this is a scan of a photo.

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New design

I’ve been having fun designing for shoe quarters. Cowboy boot tops have a very specific shape, and I’ve designed for cowboy boots for so long that I thought of it as a language–the only language I was capable of comprehending or speaking. It’s been interesting to challenge myself with a new shape and a new vocabulary.

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