Our custom footwear business has grown steadily every year since Mary founded it in 1986. Back then we wondered where the next order might come from, but at this point we always have a year’s worth of work ahead of us, and know that we cannot shod every pair of feet. In August of 2015 we opened the EarthDancer School of Shoemaking and Showroom at the edge of the small town of Crestone, CO., purchasing the former charter school building and turning it into a spacious work and learning center. As we were given the opportunity to make comfortable shoes and make a living doing so, we decided it was time to share our knowledge.
We keep enrollment small and personal-6 students or less for a 1 day sandal class, 3 day hiking boot class, and a 5 day knee high boot class.
Students are 16 years and older-many accomplished persons looking for a fun break from their routine or a change in direction-come to us in the San Louis Valley to also take in the Great Sand Dunes National Park, many hot springs, creeks, wild life refuge, dramatic 14,000 ft. peaks of the Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range, dark sky and peace of mind which permeate the natural beauty of the area.
What You Get
We offer students instruction in all aspects of what we do; measuring, patterning, choosing and cutting leather, thorough instruction on the use and care of industrial sewing machines, a set of tools to take with them, access to all of our suppliers and 30 years of know- how, and follow up advice and consultation after completing a class, including the practical side of making money with a hand crafted item.
A Brand New Pair of Shoes
Of course students come away with a fine new pair of shoes they can proudly say they made themselves under our close guidance.