What a great idea. I can make shoes. I stumbled across this website today and have immediately filed it for future reference. Finally, a demystifying of the process…
My inability to find well-designed footwear for my swollen feet is a subject I have come back to again and again. My one attempt at a bespoke solution was a very expensive disaster – a £2000 pair of horrendously well-made shoes that hurt my feet and look like … crap. I went to a place that does ‘special’ footwear. Big mistake. They kept insisting that quality and fit were so much more important than design. NO, no, no. Not for me. I cannot walk. They need to fit OK, stay on my footplates and LOOK GOOD. Nope, they just didn’t get that at all.
I ended up with a functional pair of black court shoes. The only thing about them that I like is the lovely emerald green insole and, really, that one feature – not worth that kind of cash! They are built to last forever … how typical is that? The one pair of shoes I would wish to fall apart absolutely will not. As a non-standing wheelchair user, I’m never going to wear them out, they really hurt my feet and the damn things will keep sliding off my footplates. I hate them and have to wear them when I go outside as my only other option is an old pair of felt mules that are nearly worn out. Hate, hate, hate this.
This weekend, D and I had another stand-off on it ‘cos my feet hurt so much that they kept spasming off my footplates in pain and D had to keep stopping to get my feet back on said footplates. Neither of us were in our happy place! I returned home, swearing to find a solution to this.
As, despite my best efforts, I have not found a decent looking ready-to-wear shoe/slipper that seems able to cope with the transition of my not-very-swollen morning feet to my very-swollen evening feet, reading about ‘I Can Make Shoes’ and its’ two founders, Amanda Louisa and Elizabeth Dunn, was a ‘zing’ moment for me. Maybe I might be able to get a friend, with working hands, to do their courses and design my own shoes or contact them direct for a bespoke pair. Is that a light on the horizon…? Or do you have any other ideas of where to go?