American Craft

When the Shoe Fits

ALKING INTO A SHOEMAKER’S WORKSHOP, THE first thing you notice is the smell – the heavy scents of leather, polish, and dust. Looking around, you see tools – the hammers and awls and pincers and finishing irons and razor-sharp knives. Most likely there is a wall on which countless spools of colorful thread hang, and close by is a sewing machine or three. On a table beside a low workbench are jars and bowls filled

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