Shoe Making


I just got your book and read it cover to cover. Thank you for your great book. ... I also wanted to get more information about the trade of making custom high heels. I've been interested in this for 15 years but have had a hard time finding the information. I am looking specifically for places where I can purchase the heels and other materials necessary to make custom heels. I am interested in getting into the trade of making more comfortable wide width heels. Your information on p123 was very helpful.


H. - 15 July 2001

Thank you for your feedback. has compiled a good list of international sources where you can purchase shoe materials. Look under "COMPONENTS". Beware that you will also need some machinery and tools to put the shoes together. Look under "MACHINERY" for suppliers. Furthermore, you must know how to make shoes.

Shoe making is a true craft and one that is not easy to master. Specializing in high heels is even more difficult. Years of experience is normally required.

Also, check my Designer web page. Some of the information there is also applicable to shoe making. There are many web sites with information about shoe making as well. Search for "shoe making" or "shoemaking" at Google.

Perhaps, you should also get some real hands-on experience making and/or repairing shoes, before starting your own business. Try to negotiate some type of training and work at a custom shoe maker and/or shoe repair shop near you.

J.J. - July 28, 2002

Dear Sir,

I am sorry to bother you but I have a question that you might be able to answer. I love drawing shoes and want to start designing and create my own business. How do I find a shoe manufacturer? I've tried internet search engines but to no avail.

Thank you for your time,
KKB - 24 Jul 2002

If you are just starting out with your own styles, it might be best for you to initially contract your shoes from an established small to medium shoe business that make their own shoes. See my Designer web page for more about this.

Once you establish your company and make it known to the shoe world, you will be contacted by many shoe manufacturers. Even I have received emails from some of them.

J.J. - July 28, 2002

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