Zoe Rios, shoemaker

Check out my friend Zoe Rios, a custom shoemaker who specializes in fashionable ladies shoes.

Zoe Rios, shoemaker

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Almost finished

Mallory and I are almost finished with our boots. I’ve pulled the lasts out of mine and she has one last out. Soon she’ll be striding around Guthrie in cowboy boots. I wonder if her personality will change?

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Roses

I have the toe box in the rose boots. Depending on how my day goes, I may inseam them this afternoon.

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Much pride

This is Shane, my honorary son, who has his own business doing auto and boat upholstery. This is a pair of seats he just finished, done in hair-on cowhide. It was heavy and hard to work with, and he even took the care to line up the color pattern on both seats. I’m pretty proud of him.
If you need upholstery done, he’s your guy.
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The hard part is done

I made these boots for myself in 2003. They’ve been resoled once, but this time the toe was worn through and they needed a new foot too. I tore them apart to fix a year ago, but putting on a new foot meant sewing a small part of each side seam by hand. Every time I thought of hand sewing the side seam I just couldn’t EVEN, so they’ve sat for months. Today I finally forced myself to do it and now I’m quite excited about getting them finished again.
This boot is titled “A Good Year for the Roses.”

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Cool new boots

My apprentice Mallory just finished a new pair of boots for herself. She started these before she came to my shop and she built them all on her own so I can’t take any of the credit. 🙂
I need to have her teach me how to do that cool stitch around the boot above the welt!
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“You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma”

This is my latest project. It’s an 18″ square leather pillow featuring Oklahoma’s state bird, the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, and Oklahoma’s state wildflower, the Indian Blanket.
It’s titled “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma.”
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