In business for 35 years, after an
apprenticeship which began in Michigan with an European trained
shoemaker, Tom began his career as a leather worker who wished to
specialize in sandal making. He met a classically trained shoemaker
who first taught him all the basic skills. Then he taught how to
apply the skills to a specialty. This included repairing shoes ,
altering footwear , and restyling of shoes and boots. All these
skills allowed Tom to build beautiful , one of a kind , custom
sandals. These had contoured arches , creative strap designs in
colors with choices of leather or rubber soles.
These sandals and a variety of custom
handbags, belts and briefcases, became the creative outlet while
repairing shoes revealed itself to be a solid predictable income
During Tom's apprenticeship he was
able to observe the great care and attention the master shoemaker
exercised when someone with foot or leg difficulties came into the
shop. Tom learned to fill prescriptions from doctors, therapists,as
well as customers' requests.
Today Tom fills prescriptions to alter
shoes as requested by doctors and their patients. The soles can be
elevated to affect the level of the hips, pelvis and shoulders.
Orthopedic corrections can make a dramatic difference in a person's
wellbeing. But then again, just repairing or restoring a shoe can be
of great service and comfort.