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Cobble, Cobble

Knit yourself a sweater? Been there. Fix a leaky bathroom faucet? Done that.

Cobble together your very own stilettos? Hmm. There are limits to self-reliance. And when it comes to shoes, most women have a pretty straightforward close-your-eyes-and-charge-it relationship.

Now you can take control. Sign up for a shoemaking workshop, and after ten sessions you’ll not only understand the mysterious world of lasts, vamps, and skins, but you’ll also have your very own one-of-a-kind Prada-style wonders. Emily Putterman has been teaching the cobbling art for more than sixteen years, and her students have gone on to work at Kenneth Cole and Coach.

Not that you need to ditch your day job to reap the benefits.

The jaw dropping that ensues when they ask “Where did you get those heels?” should be reward enough.


Shoemaking, Jewish Community Center, 334 Amsterdam Avenue, at 76th Street (646-505-5708); or online at jccmanhattan.org. Beginner and advanced workshops meet Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., May 18-July 28.