If the Shoe Fits 

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“If your devotion to the shoe resembles a form of worship
.. this will be your temple,” writes Llorraine Neithardt on
her Web site https://www.shoefineart.com/, “and you, a
disciple of the art of shoe making.” There’s no doubt many
women in New York would find divine inspiration in these
words. Ms. Neithardt is a full- time psychic – a
Jungian-inspired clairvoyant, to be more precise – and a
part-time shoe guru. “Since learning the craft,” Penelope
Green writes
“she has had a shoe art show at Art Basel Miami Beach,
inspired the shoe-making subplot of a movie, ‘P.S. I Love
You,’ starring Hilary Swank, and, for the last five months,
directed workshops.” In her classes, students learn the
intricate craft of hand-making footwear, unleashing, as Ms.
Neithardt put it, “the shoe within.” The results “are
fantastical creations of fig bark and rooster feathers,
spotted python and blood-red kid leather.” A beginners
course on mules starts tonight and runs through Feb. 7. Give
it a go before moving on to intermediate pumps and the
master class in boots. You must bring your own heel, shank
and leathers. Basic soles, of the material sort , are

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