Shoemaking might be my new favorite hobby. I’ve been interested in shoe design since college, but had no idea that a normal person like me could actually make a pair of shoes until I stumbled across Keiko’s class on Skillshare in January. Keiko is the designer and owner of k*star shoes in Brooklyn and has a tremendous amount of energy and passion for sharing her craft. Her shoes are adorable – check out this pair of polka dot booties!
The first class was an introduction to shoe construction and discussion about places to buy shoemaking supplies in NYC. By the second class we were taping up our lasts and creating patterns from our designs. I decided to design a pair of wedge ankle boots…wedges are the only type of heels I can bother to stand and walk in. Constructing the wedges was tough because I had to match them perfectly to the lasts and make sure they were symmetrical (they’re not!). The wedge materials are laminated foam and cork. The cork keeps the foam from compressing, and yes, they look like tasty ice cream sandwiches.