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9 professions that should be extinct but aren't

By: Sidney Stevens on April 13, 2016, 3:09 p.m.
Shoemaker snips threads of custom-made shoes in shop

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Shoemaker

Not to be confused with cobblers who repair shoes, shoemakers (or cordwainers, as they were once called) craft footwear by hand using leather and other traditional materials. Mass-production nearly rendered them extinct decades ago, but a few shoe artisans still design their own footwear lines and create custom shoes for those seeking one-of-a-kind craftsmanship. Shoemaking classes and schools are also gaining ground as more DIYers look to preserve this nearly lost art.