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Meet Mik Wright, from Swaziland to West Virginia. Mik was born in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) in 1949. He spent a blessed and loving childhood in Zambia, and a teen age of discovery in Botswana.

i am a self taught shoeguy. Necessity is the mother of invention.
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read on.
never went to school. never had a teacher. it is what it is.
been over 30 years now. and STILL i get shoes back for repair and resoling after 10/15 years of wear
and so on.,,,,

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as a teenager i was fortunate to travel frequently into the Kalahari Desert and Okavango Swamps. It was during this period that i first met Peace Corp…

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  • Born on May 12
  • Joined December 1, 2008

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Leather, hide, felt, vintage beads, wood, wire, stones, vibrations

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About

STEP OUT
Take a walk on the wild side
Meet Mik Wright, from Swaziland to West Virginia. Mik was born in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) in 1949. He spent a blessed and loving childhood in Zambia, and a teen age of discovery in Botswana.

i am a self taught shoeguy. Necessity is the mother of invention.
bla bla bla,,,,,,,,,,,
read on.
never went to school. never had a teacher. it is what it is.
been over 30 years now. and STILL i get shoes back for repair and resoling after 10/15 years of wear
and so on.,,,,

,,,,,,,,,,


as a teenager i was fortunate to travel frequently into the Kalahari Desert and Okavango Swamps. It was during this period that i first met Peace Corps volunteers who turned me on to jazz and blues and rapped about life in the great American dream.
In 1968 i was working as a field officer for “Anglo American” when i had a motorcycle accident, which resulted in the shortening of my right leg and permanent damage to my knee. Three years later i met a young woman who was making an idyllic living from leatherwork and organic gardening. we fell in love, got married, and learned about leather. We expanded the business to South Africa. i started making shoes and boots suitable for rock climbing and bush wear and created a special pair for myself, designed to meet the demands of my injury. Things changed, as things will, and we separated nine years later.
After working for 18 months teaching my craft at Jabulani (happiness), a rehabilitation center for paraplegic Zulu people in Zululand, i went into business with my brother Pat and we moved back to Swaziland and were soon exporting our shoes and clothes to England, we established markets at Covent Garden, Camden Lock, and Portobello Rd., and moved to Somerset from London. a few years later i moved to the United States where i displayed and sold my work at the juried craft shows around the country, including The Smithsonian Craft Show, The Philadelphia Museum Craft and many other top shows.
I now live in Lewis county West Virginia, and no longer do the craft shows.
i stay home, focus on the garden and create unique and wonderful footwear, using antique sewing machines and developing new ways to emboss and work my designs into the leathers. I love using exotic and the unusual edges of deer, emu, ostrich and shark and fish skins, producing a range of unique designs, .. my daughter lei is now making a wonderful line of leather skirts, inspired by the dance shoes that i have been making recently and is learning how to make shoes as well.
we have been the #1 seller at Tamarack for the last seven years.
There are now many imitators of my shoes, in England and the United States, and even my display booth has been copied.

None however, compare to the original, ever contemporary, distinguished work created at my home here in the Appalachian Mountains.
in WEST BY GOD VIRGINIA.
It has been a pleasure to meet folks from all over the world here on etsy. We have sent shoes and accessories to many countries over these last two years. I love the intimacy of each transaction that we have .and i enjoy
being part of a global community
thanks................. etsy

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