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Hello Shoe Wearers! Contact info - snorth11(at)dcsi(dot)net
Sharon the Shoemaker here, shown with my beautiful family. We reside in the Sierra Nevada foothills, in the little town of Yankee Hill, near Chico, California.
My business name is Hand to Heart Custom Footwear, and I make custom footwear from a casting of your feet. You design the shoes, choosing from a variety of styles, leathers, trims, buttons, and soling. I use quality materials that are assembled to create a shoe that will last for years. Most styles are washable and can be worn in most any condition.
This photo album is a place where you can see what types of shoes other people have designed, look at what you have designed, or just dream of what could be!
In order for us to make shoes together I have to touch your feet. If you are interested, contact me at snorth11(at)dcsi(dot)net.
My training as a Shoemaker came from an apprenticeship with my teacher, Shoemaker Craig Stanton. I studied Art at CSUC in the seventies and have always had my hand in some sort of craft. Becoming a Shoemaker feels like a dream come true. I can finally use my art to not only make a living, but do so while providing a service.
Speaking of service, each pair of shoes I make has an intention written in between the layers of soling. This special message is written onto the soles before the layers are glued together. You let me know what you would like me to write. For example, all the sample sandals say, "You are Love" on the right foot, and "Walk in Peace" on the left. Just another small way for all of us to walk with intention everyday.
One of the highlights of my work is the amazing people I get to meet. While you are browsing through, pay special attention to the notes sharing the many varied devotions of the fellow shoe wearers that have passed my way.
May there be peace in your world, and happy walking!


The Hats I Wear

Or should I say the shoes.... I am a wife/partner/Mom first, and a sho ...

Updated: May 02, 2008 12:40pm PST


Sandals - like going barefoot with no pain! Custom made sandals come ...

Updated: Mar 04, 2014 7:38pm PST

1-2 Button Moccasins

Moccasins are made in a variety of styles, or button heights. A one b ...

Updated: Dec 28, 2014 3:43pm PST

3-4 Button Moccs

A very functional height, easy to put on, while providing full ankle a ...

Updated: Jul 17, 2014 1:54pm PST

5-6 Button Moccasins

A five button moccasin typically comes up right under your calf muscle ...

Updated: Jul 24, 2013 11:21am PST

7-9 Button Moccasins

Commonly referred to as 'Knee Highs', these tall boots are a ceremonia ...

Updated: Jul 17, 2014 2:07pm PST

Shoes on Feet

Photos of happy feet wearing custom footwear!

Updated: May 24, 2015 2:01pm PST

It's an ART Thang!

Close-ups of some artistic creations... amazing what we can do when we ...

Updated: Jul 16, 2013 12:35pm PST

Button Trims, Buttons, Edge Finishes

The Button Trim is the piece that supports the buttons and reinforces ...

Updated: Jun 23, 2014 1:35pm PST

Tabs, Heels, and Lacing

In this gallery I will explain the different parts of a moccasin and s ...

Updated: Jul 16, 2013 12:50pm PST


The soling on moccasins can be glued on or sewn on. It is primarily t ...

Updated: Jul 17, 2014 1:06pm PST