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Make your own shoes

April 27, 2010 3:07:13 PM PDT
It's a sign that Llorraine Neithardt's character in the blockbuster movie, "P.S. I Love You," provided a glimpse into her future.

In the scene, she ends up teaching Hillary Swank's character how to make shoes, something Llorraine now does in real life.

It's Shoe Bootcamp, where Llorraine guides students through a series of intense sessions that, from toe to heel, teaches them how to make shoes.

"I pretty much gave myself over to her and said just take me there and I'll follow what you tell me to do," Michael Lisbone said.

Lisbone is working on his second pair. He created one pair for his wife, Bonnie, as an anniversary gift.

"This process was surprisingly. It was the design we drew and this was the shoe that came out. That was amazing," he said.

Lidia Maria made another pair. Her sister walked down the aisle in them.

Llorraine says getting from point "a" to point "b" can often be a journey down a winding, emotional road; an experience that forces people to let go.

"It's a return to the soul of the sole," Neithardt said. "What happens is the shoe begins to dictate to you what it wants. We think we're going to go in and do that -- oh no, you're not."

It's something Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer experienced while making a pair.

"My grandmother had bound feet, so it was a real journey for me to be here in America, making a pair of shoes when my grandmother, my concubine great grandmother did not have a choice," Krakauer said.

In the end, Llorraine says students usually name their shoes, feeling an overwhelming sense of pride.

"I'm going to wear these to Walbaums. I'm going to wear these everywhere because this is part of my life," Krakauer said.

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