I've been reading Adriana Trigiani's Valentine series (in the wrong order, but that's another story). In the books, Very Valentine, Brava Valentine, and The Supreme Macaroni Company, the heroine, Valentine, makes custom, handmade shoes. It's a topic that fascinates me, so I went looking for some footage. The video gives the viewer a good feel for just how complicated shoe making can be.
Salvatore Ferragamo Shoes
And while I don't have the ability to handle heels as tall as these, I do have to admit that Ferragamo shoes are works of art.