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  • Stephanie on Apr 28, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I really have enjoyed this class. It instructs you on how to make a really cool style of shoe. I think one key before starting the class is to have a really good shoe last that matches your foot. I recommend Nadia at Shoe Lasts Factory for getting a pair of lasts that actually work for your foot!

  • Pamela on Jan 31, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Repeat customer. The first pair was so stunning, I ordered the Addison in Black. Superb craftsmanship, rich color -- and they fit perfectly and feel like butter!

    Prompt delivery, and I could not be more pleased. Very highly recommend! Thank you ever so much!

  • Jenessa on Jan 30, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    These shoes have changed my life! I received mine several months ago and they have rapidly become my favorite pair of shoes to wear. The shoes are well-made, soft, and have the most amazing feel when you are wearing them. It almost feels like they "suck" onto your feet as you walk. I never wear socks with mine and yet my feet never get sweaty with good airflow around them - so they never end up smelling bad, either. The style is simple, minimalistic, rugged, but high-quality. Really goes with anything - to the office or with casual outfits. I can't say enough wonderful things about these shoes. I plan to purchase more pairs from this craftsman/woman. :)

  • lunablume on Jan 24, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Theses are Magnificent!!! Perfection in terms of Talent and such attention to detail, I'm completely delighted!!!
    My most highest THanks!!!

  • Pamela on Dec 16, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Stunning! I was speechless for a couple minutes. Superb craftsmanship, gorgeous color -- and they fit perfectly and feel like butter!

    Arrived earlier than expected, and I could not be more pleased. Plan to order another pair. Very highly recommend!

    Thank you ever so much!

  • Galen on Oct 17, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    This is one of the most comprehensive classes I’ve ever taken and leaves absolutely nothing to desire! I cannot wait to delve in to my shoe making pausing and playing the videos clicking on all of the product links and leathers from Tandy. I highly recommend this class if you are serious about learning to create your own shoes. Whitney has a style and grace about how she teaches that is incomparable!

  • lunablume on Oct 3, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    These are absolutely AWESOME!! Amazing, such talent, luxurious materials and you've been a true pleasure to work with, Thank You Thank You Thank You!!! :))))))))))

  • zybmonkey on Feb 28, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect handmade boot. Love the color

  • Skye on Feb 24, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    I bought custom made bridal shoes and they are more perfect than I could have imagined. They're not only comfortable, but they also look so dainty and beautiful. I can't wait to wear them on my wedding day. Thank you Rilee Shoes!

  • susanpraeger on Feb 11, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    These shoes are absolutely beautiful! And the fit is perfect. The shoes came in under 3 weeks from when I ordered them. Everything went well and they are now the favorite thing in my closet. Whitney is very talented and I am very lucky. If I could give 6 stars I would.

About RileeShoes

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Built with a hammer and nails...

I love to make things. Been doing so my whole life! One morning, I woke up and thought “I’m going to make shoes.”

As hard as I searched, I found no easy explanation for how it’s done. I couldn’t afford to fly across the country for a $3,000 workshop and info online was confusing.

I slowly created my process over a few years, and simplified enough where I could create a pair of shoes in one day!

Suddenly, I had the ability to imagine my dream shoes and bring them into existence.

I sold the shoes I made...Rilee Shoes was their name. My creations went all over the world, but life got busier and busier with the arrival of my third baby.

I realized, the best way to spread the delight of handmade shoes was to teach others how to make them.

Modern Shoemaking was born-a complete, step by step class where you can learn from the comfort of home.

My students now send me pictures of their shoe wardrobes growing by the day. The satisfaction they feel in making shoes brings a smile to my face daily.

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Last updated on Jun 21, 2021
Frequently asked questions
What sets handcrafted shoes apart?

Machines that mass produce shoes are surprisingly limited in their capabilities.

Factories are restricted to using plastics and fabrics, or highly processed leathers.

Leather is an organic material, so no piece is identical.

Shoe factories often erase all that makes leather such a delightful material, to ensure uniformity for worldwide distribution.

Texture is erased, and replaced with heavy paint. It is stretched paper-thin and cut into many small patterns to reduce costs.

A shoemaker like myself has the luxury and freedom to craft shoes using the finest leathers. The pristine, whole cut shoes will never be found on the shelves of department stores.

Anything but means shoes less than perfection.