Fitting day

I love fittings.  It gets me out of the shop.  I get to wear nice shoes.  I get to put a face to Jitterbug Boy.  Of all the shoes we make, I only get to fit maybe 2% of them in person, which is always a frustration, but is parr for the course when you’re always making shoes from a distance.  Today, I get to do fittings in person.  I never sleep very well the night before.  I dream of shoes and wake up a thousand times.  I’m quite confident about today’s fittings – it’s not that I’m overly stressed.  I think it’s more about the excitement – the feeling of being part of the process.  Seeing the other people involved bringing their best forward.  Seeing an actor turning into a character.  Don’t get me wrong – I have all fingers crossed and am hoping everyone like what I’ve done.  Shoes are always a challenge – it’s not just about getting things to look right, the shoes need to be instantly comfortable.  Weeks and weeks of work come down to a single moment – when the artist puts on the shoes.  But I’m not going to think too much about that at the moment.  I’m going to drink this coffee and try to relax.  It’s going to be a tiring day.

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