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About RileeShoes

Sales 162
On Etsy since 2017

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 May 11, 2022
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.