A few days ago, I posted about the Maurice Arnoult exhibition. He is a true French treasure, and fortunately teaches aspiring shoe makers to keep his extraordinary craft alive.
The exhibition features models by some of his students: the elegant black and white boots with wooden buttons are by Tamamo Nagashima, and the shoes with the exquisite bow and pin are by Isabel André, while the two pairs of super creative lace-up/button-up boots are by the amazing Elodie Gaulard.
I have their contact info and will try to get them to answer any questions you may post in the Comments.
On a walls of the exhibition were quotes, including one by Sacha Guitry: "High heels were invented by a woman who was tired of getting kissed on the forehead".
I liked how it suggested that thanks to shoes and heels, women become fully-fledged adults, not patronized creatures...
"To be carried by one's shoes, to find wings in them" (Roger Vivier)