In 1970 I walked past a boutique window in the Chalfont-Haddon Hall Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey and fell in love. The object of my desire – mauve suede knee-high lace up boots-rounded-toe, boxy heel, black grommets and laces. Italian, expensive. I could tell the leather was soft as butter. They reminded me of the boots Nancy Sinatra was singing about in “These Boots are Made for Walkin'”. I love that song. I was 8 years old. Sadly our relationship was not meant to be, but my passion for shoes was born.
Since that day I have appreciated shoes as an admirer, customer and collector. I have a wide variety of styles from all sorts of price points. The running theme for me is “bad ass and beautiful”. I spend most of my time in boots, booties or sandals, but I have my share of pumps and slingbacks as well.
My next adventure? About 4 years ago I decided I’d like to spend the next stage of my life as a shoemaker. Designing and making – yes, MAKING shoes. I’ve been a creative and entrepreneur all my life. I love to build things so shoes seemed to be a natural next step. I started with strappy sandals made from component parts in 6 hours in London along with a 2-day shoe design seminar. My next stab was a 7-day pump making workshop in Ashland Oregon where I learned to make almost all of the shoe by hand. Last year, I attended a shoe symposium and got the final piece to the puzzle, suppliers of small quantities for small making shops.
My studio is up and running. My materials are plenty. I’ve created prototypes and and samples. AND I’ve finally hit on the style and business model. I look forward to sharing all things shoe with you as you accompany me on this fantastic journey.