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Elske project will produce 10 pair of shoes using 18 non-mechanized tools. We will demonstrate an elegant efficient system that works

Elske Project's aim is to produce a prototype line of hand-made shoes using a handful of non-mechanized tools. A major goal of this project is to demonstrate an efficient system of production that leaves little to be desired from a mechanized production system. The making of closed toe shoes as a human endeavor is old but not necessarily ancient. Shoemaking has developed over time as a cohesive set of methods that overcome puzzle-like problems. In this way shoemaking is as modern a human endeavor as any of today's technological pursuits. The amount of thought and use of thumbs involved in the process of design and construction of shoes makes it like, many uniquely human pursuits, like magic. In reality this quality is the result of the combination of a thoughtful application of design, science, and labor. By combining traditional practices with new ones, Elske has found a way to produce beautiful shoes that do not require machines to be produced in an extremely efficient way. This is important because it shows that it is possible to create a production system that employs humans in a way that engages mind and body in a manner that modern humans seem to want in the work place. The process also demonstrates the feasibility of producing quality goods in the United States. The process will be documented from start to finish with writing and photography. At the completion of the production phase of this project, a final exhibit will take place. This exhibit will show all tools used in the process, all design notes, detailed explanation of the process, photographs of production, ten pairs of shoes, and interactivity with the shoemaker.

Ballet Flat
Ballet Flat

Pledge $ 75.00 and receive a pair of Ballet flats in your size. In black, Grey, White, Chestnut, or Natural.

Unisex Oxford With Grommets
Unisex Oxford With Grommets

Pledge $ 150 or more and receive a pair of these Oxfords with or without grommets (your choice.) Male or female sizes. In Black, Grey, White, Chestut, or Natural.

Female Oxford Line Boot
Female Oxford Line Boot

Pledge $150.00 or more and receive a pair of Oxford Line Boots. In Black, Grey, White, Chestnut, or Natural.

Futbol Boot
Futbol Boot

Pledge $150.00 or more and receive a pair of Futbol Boots. (Better pictures to come.) In Black, Grey, White, Chestnut, or Natural.

Bootie
Bootie

Female Bootie. Upper is stitched to leather sole and nailed to wooden heel with a leather pad. Pictured here in green. There is a limit of one pair in this color. Other color options are white, grey, black, chestnut, and natural leather.

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    Of course you will receive my heart felt thanks. I will also list your name (unless you don't want me to) as a contributor/supporter of the project at the time of exhibition.

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    I save all of my scraps. So,I have piles of small pieces of leather, rubber, and wood. Pledge $20, and I'll make you a custom piece. Choose one: Iphone case (3G,4,or 4s), coin purse, card holder, or arm cuff.

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    Access to a private blog which documents the entire project (including full explanations of methodology) and provides direct interaction with the shoemaker. This one is for all of you who are trying to figure out shoemaking.

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    Hand made pair of Ballet flats in your size. White, Grey, Black, Chestnut, or natural leather color.

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    Printed and bound version of reward # 2

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    Hand made pair of shoes in one of five styles (five female/five male)

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    Hand made pair of wooden lasts (the shoe-forms) with documentation of the making process and tools used. As well, an image of the shoe made from the last. Lasts will be made from Fir lumber

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