Was “May I polish before soldering?”
I began making my own shoes years ago, when I was in junior high.
Only they’re referred to as “moccasins”. I’d make a pair in the
spring, and it would generally last me until labor day, if I was
careful to avoid walking on pavement.
I still make a pair or two a year, but mostly for camping now. I
prefer to use brain tanned elkskin for them, but that’s not always
available.Commercially tanned elkskin is the next best thing, as far
as feel, appearance and wearability. I’m working on my first beaded
pair in many years, and this one is for ME for a change - not a gift
for someone else.
As for making more conventional shoes, that never occurred to me,
altho I’ve often wished I could have a pair or three built
specifically for my ultra-wide and “horribly deformed” feet (my foot
surgeon’s words). I spent a month looking online for shoes that I
thought I could comfortably wear to my niece’s wedding. EE width, no
more than half an inch heel, no seamed vamp, no openings where the
1st and 5th metatarsals protrude. It’s rather tedious to have to
return a pair of shoes that were initially comfortable, but after an
hour or so have me “grade 3 lame”. If only I could wear my comfy
mocs to elegant social affairs!
Linda in central FL