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History, Design & Shoemaking

If the topic of shoes appeals to you on a deeper level than just what the season's latest styles are, then this area should have you covered. Here you'll find a glossary of footwear terms, notable shoe news, information on shoe design and shoemaking, and even a bit of shoe history.
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Learn to Make Shoes with These Workshops and Classes
Who knew you could learn to make a pair of shoes or sandals in a few days? Well, you can with one of these shoemaking classes. There are a lot of different options, and any of them are a great place to start if you're interested in making your own shoes.

Want to Become a Shoe Designer? Check out These Schools
There aren't a lot of colleges and universities that offer degrees in footwear design, but there are some. And, if you're considering a career as a shoe designer, you'll definitely want to consider one of these top-flight programs.

How to Glitter Your Own Sneakers (Tutorial with Photos)
This simple, fun, and affordable DIY project results in shoes that pack a lot of punch. Follow these step-by-step instructions, and your sneakers will be shimmering in no time.

Foot Binding
Foot binding was an old Chinese custom in which young girls' feet were tightly bound to restrict and alter their growth. Learn more about why it was practiced, how it worked, and the damage that was done by foot binding.

Shoe Lasts
Learn what a shoe last is, and how it's integral to the art of shoemaking. Also check out photos of shoe lasts.

Shoes of the 2000s - The Biggest Footwear Trends of the Decade
This gallery highlights some of the hottest, and most talked-about shoe trends of the noughties. For a look back at all the brands, styles, and developments that had our feet dancing and our tongues wagging, be sure to check it out.

Design Your Own Shoes
Customize nearly every aspect of your high heels, then have them manufactured in the U.S.A., with this unique shoe site.

The Worst Shoe Trends: Expert Opinion
Do you agree that jelly shoes are some of the worst shoes you've ever seen? What about Crocs? Then there are a few styles that are honestly too strange to even describe. You'll just have to see them for yourself.

Altered Shoes Photo Gallery
Have you ever wanted to change up a pair of shoes? Get ideas and inspiration from this gallery of altered footwear.

Shoes 101
Learn the footwear basics with this Guide to Shoes 101.

Shoemaking Books (Help Getting Started Making Footwear)
Pricey, yes, but this comprehensive volume on shoemaking is a bargain for anyone who really wants to learn the craft.

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