Various shoes sit on a table from the Colorado Shoe School Sept. 7. (Ellie Shannon | The Collegian)
Various shoes sit on a table from the Colorado Shoe School Sept. 7. (Ellie Shannon | The Collegian)

One size can fit all at the Colorado Shoe School

Annabel Reader and Dan Huling have a passion for creating shoes of all shapes and sizes.

September 13, 2021

Annabel Reader, co-owner of the Colorado Shoe School, created the school with Dan Huling in 2018 and enjoys teaching how to make some stylish footwear. Reader used to work with costumes, which inspired her to start creating shoes. Reader has many inspiring stories, such as one student, Lisa, who came to Colorado to help make shoes for her partner, who has dwarfism. The Colorado Shoe School also tries to stay environmentally conscious, using many upcycled and recycled materials.

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  • Annabel Reader, owner of the Colorado Shoe School. Reader created the Colorado Shoe School with Dan Huling in 2018, and enjoys teaching how to make some stylish footwear! Annabel used to work with costumes, which inspired her to start creating shoes. Alongside her is a student, Lisa, who is from New Mexico. Lisa’s story is inspiring, being that she came to Colorado to help make shoes for her partner who has dwarfism. Lisa stated, “it’s very hard to find shoes for my partner, and that’s why I came here, so I could learn how to make some for her.” Sept. 7. (Ellie Shannon | The Collegian)

  • Dan Huling holds up a shoe from the Colorado Shoe School Sept. 7. There are other options on shoes as well, such as sandals. “Here we do half-day classes, full-day classes, two-day classes, and our most is five-day classes,” Huling said. “This shoe could be created in a five-day class.” (Ellie Shannon | The Collegian)

  • Several shoes from the Colorado Shoe School sit on a table Sept. 7. Almost all of the materials that were used to create the shoes were upcycled or recycled items. The soles of many sneakers were made out of recycled tennis balls and any leather was used from thrifted leather jackets or repurposed upholstery leather. (Ellie Shannon | The Collegian)

  • Two shoes made from recycled materials sit in the workshop of the Colorado Shoe School Sept. 7. (Ellie Shannon | The Collegian)

  • A tool used to help build shoes at the Colorado Shoe School sits on a table Sept. 7. (Ellie Shannon | The Collegian)

  • One of the views from the workshop at the Colorado Shoe School is through a window Sept. 7. (Ellie Shannon | The Collegian)

  • One of the tools used to help create shoes at the Colorado Shoe School sits on a table Sept. 7. (Ellie Shannon | The Collegian)

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