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Monday, February 22, 2021

The miniature shoe collection

 Hello dear readers,

Way back in the late sixties of the last century, when most of you were not yet born, my miniature shoe collection started. Those were the years when family members or friends returning from a trip abroad always brought little souvenirs back. My friends and family knew about my passion for r/l shoes,  so my gifts were souvenir miniature shoes from all over Europe.  Not wanting to offend the people who gifted them to me I displayed the shoes on a shelf. Those were also the times before online blogging, f/b, twitters, p/c smartphones, etc. There were only penpals from abroad with whom to swap hobbies and gifts. The penpals soon became good friends, some visited and stayed in our home here in Israel. Slowly and steadily more items from our own travels around the world were added to the collection, and it began to grow until it reached a monstrous number of hundreds of shoes most of them in pairs. 

A large part of the collection is now on permanent display in special glass cabinets. The rest kept in card boxes and hidden away.  Although I stopped collecting mini-shoes once there was no end to the variety, new and very cute ones still keep coming in.

Ten years ago I posted about this collection with more photos, (link below http://drorasminimundo.blogspot.com/2011/03/miniature-shoe-collection.html). I made one more shop facade for some of the hidden-away shoes. The shop is called in Hebrew "One small step"  I used a shallow wooden box for the interior and covered it with cardstock on which I glued self-made ceramic tiles, burned in my daughters' kiln. The faux windows and door are from craft sticks and bamboo skewers.

This is how it looks from the back. I glued on (to hide the check painting from the quarter part of the original wooden backgammon box and also to save scratches on the wall it hangs on.  This is also the way I usually add rooftops to the square boxes when I want the shops to look like country-style ones.

These are shoes from the display.

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  1. Wow, you have an amazing great collection of mini shoes, Drora, and no, I didn't know these shoes were collectable back then! It's a great idea to make, or use, these little shops for your collector's items. Now you can see them whenever you want instead of putting them away in card boxes ;).
    Warm hug, Ilona

  2. Una idea genial de exponer tu gran colección de zapatos así poder disfrutarla en todo momento. Te deseo buena semana, besos

  3. realmente bonito,vaya coleccion y una idea genial de exponerlo que me voy a copiar para hacer en cuanto pille una caja

  4. What a lovely display for the shoes

    Big hug Xandra

  5. A great and fun collection, wonderful way to display them with this shop.

  6. A wonderful collection of mini shoes. They are perfect in this shop.

  7. ¡Menuda colección! Desde luego hay una buena variedad de estilos
    ¡Bonito expositor

  8. Thank you for your vist. I am so happy you enjoyed her. I love this display for the shoes. You are so talented. Blessings, Penny

  9. Una gran variedad, es perfecto poder verlos todos juntos.

  10. No conocia esta escena tuya y mira que tengo por costumbre recorrer los blogs cuando los descubro.
    Es una bonita idea.
    Un saludo

  11. Wow Drora! I had no idea that people from around the world made tiny shoes way back in the 60's! What a fascinating collection it must be, especially with all the thoughtful memories they bring!
    I just love the display with it's hand made tiles, and what a treasure to have fired the clay at your daughter's house! A family project!
    It is great fun to look at all of the pairs of shoes and try to guess in which part of the world they were created.

  12. Una bonita exhibición de zapatos, y una hermona vitrina para lucirlos !!!!!

  13. I always love your little shop facades but this time it's even more special because it showcases parts of your lovely collection. What fun to have such a large collection of miniature shoes from own trips and from friends who where always on the lookout for something. Usually I'm not saying this too loud in public but I'm not the ususal type of woman as I've never been obsessed of shoes and bags - but even I find those tiny shoes fascinating. *LOL*


  14. What a cute collection! I remember having pen pals abroad, exchanging photos and postcards of places you could only see on television. I used to collect dolls with national costumes. I still have them and on display in our craft room.

  15. Que expositor tan bonito para esa maravillosa colección de calzado Drora, has tenido una genial idea!!

  16. Your little shoe shop is adorable!!! I also have a bit of a thing for miniature shoes and we can't be the only ones, otherwise they wouldn't be so plentiful to find. I turned some of my larger shoes into pin cushions and re-gifted them. If you need to thin out your collection, that could be an option.

  17. Thank you so much for your kind words and visit. I am sure you would be good at any medium you tried.

  18. que monada de zapatitos, y su sitio para guardarlos

  19. Thank you dear friend for visiting and leaving such a kind comment.

  20. ,Dear Drora

    !What a large collection of miniature shoes

    This reminds me of a quaint little museum of thimbles I went to
    .some years ago

    :) .I like the name of your shoe store

    ,Best wishes from Riverside

  21. Hi Drora! What a wonderful way to show some of your collection of mini shoes! And it seems a perfect use for the little shop vignette! It is a great match!
    Stay safe and keep making minis!

  22. What a creative and beautiful way to display your amazing shoe collection. Great job! xxx