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The Shoemaker: A Short Story

Updated on June 30, 2016
The Shoemaker: A Short Story
The Shoemaker: A Short Story

Many years ago when the world was a simpler place there lived a shoemaker. He lived in a small village; busy with passing trade. He was a happy little fellow and loved his job. The Shoemaker always dressed in his brown leather apron and dusty black boots. He rarely left his shop. People came from far and wide to get their shoes made by the jolly little chap. The Shoemaker made every kind of shoe, slipper and boot you could think of. He used wonderful silks and delightful soft leathers to make the most dashing of footwear. Colourful shoes lined the shelves of his little store and could be seen from the street if one peered through the window.

One particular little girl often peered through the window. Her wide eyes soaking up the wonders of the shoe shop. One day while the little girl; Rachel was looking through the window at the delightful bounty of coloured shoes, The Shoemaker appeared at her side. He rubbed his white bearded chin with his hand and smiled. ''Well dear. Which shoes would you take?''

Rachel was surprised as she hadn't notice the chubby little man standing next to her. ''Oh! I... I was only looking.'' Rachel stammered. ''I wouldn't ever take anything that doesn't belong to me.''

The Shoemaker cocked his head to one side. ''Hmm... I never said you would. I meant to give you a pair as a present.'' He said. A twinkle in his eye. Rachel stared at The Shoemaker. A small pointed ear was poking out from underneath his faded green hat. The chubby guy noticed Rachel's curious gaze and quickly fixed his hat tightly over his ear. ''So! shoes or no shoes?'' He asked.

Rachel smiled at The Shoemaker. She liked his ruddy red cheeks and his shiny nose. It didn't matter if he had pointed ears. ''Why don't you wear a pair of your own fine shoes?'' Rachel questioned The Shoemaker, glancing down at his tiny feet.

The little fellow followed her gaze to his black boots. ''I'm always working and have no need of fine shoes.'' He explained.

Rachel's smile faded. ''I have no need of fine shoes either.'' Rachel said. Her voice small and sad. The little girl turned on her heel and with a pitiful swing of her left leg she limped away.

The Shoemaker watched her till she was out of sight. ''I have work to do.'' He said to himself. With a tinkle of the bell above the shop door he disappeared inside.

A few days later Rachel was making her way past the shoe shop; suddenly it started to pour down rain. The Shoemaker opened the old grey door of the store. Rachel looked toward the door as she heard the bell tinkle. ''I never heard that bell tinkle the other day.'' She said.

The little chap beamed at Rachel. ''Sometimes we don't hear and other times we don't see. Come, you'll get soaked.'' He beckoned her into the shop.

Rachel stood and gazed at all the beautiful shoes. ''You have every colour of the rainbow in here.'' She said with amazement. Rachel was in awe of all the wonderful colours.

The Shoemaker came and stood beside her. Gently he laid a hand upon her shoulder and said. ''They are the colours of the rainbow Rachel. Each and every pair are the exact colour you see in the rainbow.''

Rachel looked at The Shoemaker and then back at the shoes. ''I don't understand.'' She exclaimed. The Shoemaker walked over to his little desk. Opening a drawer he lifted out the most beautiful pair of shoes Rachel had ever seen. The shoes glittered like jewels; a brilliant green with the most gorgeous little ankle straps and perfect shiny buckles with golden sparkles. Rachel's hand flew to her mouth. ''Oh! my goodness. Those shoes are soooo beautiful.''

The Shoemaker approached Rachel holding the precious shoes. ''These shoes Rachel, give the rainbow it's magical green colour. Every fifty years the colours of the rainbow fade. The only way to bring the colors back to their full glory is to find seven special children. Each child must wear a pair of the magic coloured shoes. Seven pairs of magic shoes for seven special children. I have found six other children to wear the other colours. And now Rachel I have found the seventh special child to wear the last and most important colour. You!''

The Shoemaker knelt in front of Rachel. Gently removing her heavy black shoes, he laid them to one side. Her left foot was badly disfigured. The Shoemaker carefully placed a brilliant green shoe onto each foot. His weathered hands fastened the beautiful buckles. He stood and surveyed his work. The shoes shone brighter than any ray of sunshine. ''Take a walk Rachel.'' He grinned.

Rachel stared at the shoes; a tear fell softly down her cheek. ''I... I can't.'' She stammered.

''Yes Rachel; you can.'' The Shoemaker encouraged.

Rachel stood up straight; slowly, deliberately she took a delicate step. Followed by another and another. ''I can do it. I can do it.'' She squealed walking with ease across the floor.

The Shoemaker laughed heartily and said. ''I told you they were magic shoes... Oh! look the rain has stopped.'' The Shoemaker stepped over to the old grey door and opened it. ''Rachel,'' he called ''Look at the rainbow. The green. It's so dazzling. I knew you were special.''

Rachel hurried outside. A beautiful bridge of colour stretched across the clear blue sky. ''Wow! Amazing! The colours in the rainbow are so clear and bright. I have never seen anything like that before.'' Rachel exclaimed. The Shoemaker smiled happily. The rainbow was fully restored to a most exquisite arch of brilliant colour; the centre of the rainbow glowed the most fabulous colour green. The heart of the rainbow had finally been found.

''Well, I best get back to work. Can't be standing around all day gazing at rainbows.'' The Shoemaker grinned mischievously and turned to go back to his work inside the shop.

''Look!'' Rachel cried. ''Your old grey door... and your hat... they're... they're green. A gorgeous glossy green.''

The jolly little fellow nodded his head. He looked directly at Rachel. A great big smile on his face; his green eyes sparkling marvelously.


''Yep!'' The Shoemaker said. "The colours sure do fade after fifty years."

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      Gabriel Wilson 2 months ago from Madeira, Portugal

      We all fade a bit at times, don't we: there is nothing like a child's smile to make us feel brilliant again. And their little smiles do that every time for me. Thanks for reading and I especially mean that because I wondered about the ending. Delighted you liked it. Sending you rainbows :)

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      John Gentile 2 months ago from Connecticut

      A wonderful story! I enjoyed reading it and I especially liked the ending!

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      Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Tanx for reading and for your time vikkijov :)

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      vikkijov 5 years ago from Mystic, CT

      Very well written. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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      Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Hi Tultul. I am so glad you popped in; tanx for your time :)

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      Tultul Ganguly 5 years ago

      The story is nice,immaginetion is colourful.Inside the story the hidden product saleing opportunity is best.

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      Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Hi B. A. Williams, tanx for reading and for your kind comments :)

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      B. A. Williams 5 years ago from USA

      I enjoyed your story and it was such a good read for the holidays. Very uplifting and creative.

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      Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Hey WillStarr. Tanx for your time and your comment; very much appreciated :)

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Excellent! Good work. Voted up and awesome.

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      Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Hi Tatara; yes me too. A little positivity can do wonders for the soul. Tanx for reading.

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      Tatara 5 years ago from Asia

      This is uplifting fiction for me. I've always been a fan of positive literature. Thanks!

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      twinmo 5 years ago

      Thanks, Gabriel.I hope to make that a reality.

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      Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Tanx for reading and for your delightful comments; I really appreciate your time.

      I'm sure the more you write twinmo the more your imagination will grow. You're in the right place for that to happen :)

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      twinmo 5 years ago

      OMG, I am a noob Hubber..just signed on today. I LOVE this story!! You have such a wonderful imagination and colorful description. Imagination is one thing I hope to improve as I write.

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      Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Totally charming story. Thank you! (Tanx)

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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      What an enchanting tale you have created. This was really wonderful.

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      Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Hi msdee115. Nice to meet you and tanx for stopping in:)

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      msdee115 5 years ago from Stone Mountain, GA

      Heartwarming story!

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      Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      ... and I appreciate your time, fashion. I hope you'll read more articles from other hubbers here on hubpages; it's a great place to express yourself :)

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      fashion 5 years ago

      Very nice hub.I enjoyed reading it and I appreciate your effort.

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      Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Hi htodd. They're pretty cool aren't they, great for St. Patrick's day. Tanx for reading :)

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      Great shoes...nice

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      Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Hi Kamalesh050, I'm glad you stopped by, tanx for reading :)

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      Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Beautiful story, enjoyed reading it. Well done.

      Best Wishes.

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      Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Tanx clintonb. I seem to need a little fantasy now and then lol :)

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      clintonb 5 years ago from Adelaide, Australia

      It sounded more like a fanatsy. But I did like it. Good work!

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      Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Tanx for popping in chelsea4music :)

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      chelsea4music 5 years ago from az

      I loved this story, beautifully written.

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      Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      I appreciate your time and comments. Tanx for reading :)

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      ershruti304 5 years ago from Shimla

      Really a nice story. Keep it up

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      carolinemoon 5 years ago

      Great hub!I like the story. It's interesting.

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      Linda Rawlinson 5 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      What a joy to read. This was lovely, a very pleasant surprise as I was just browsing :)

      Linda.

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Tanx for reading and for your time:)

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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the great hub..

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      smith624 6 years ago from Raceland, louisiana

      Touching and Imaginative.

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Hi Marlin. Tanx for reading :)

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      Marlin 55 6 years ago from USA

      That was different. I really enjoyed reading your work.

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Tanx for your time Robin Kommer:)

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      Robin Kommer 6 years ago from Australia

      lovely story

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Hi PiaC tanx for popping by:)

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      PiaC 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      What a wonderful and moving story!

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Tanx for reading Web :)

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      Web World Watcher 6 years ago

      Very good, My sister makes custom shoes...that's why i stopped. I'm glad I did

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Tanx for stopping in jem :)

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      jem 6 years ago

      sweet.

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Tanx so much for reading and for your comments:)

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      TroyM 6 years ago

      Nice story...Interesting.

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      Talha Rehman 6 years ago from Lucknow India

      Good one!

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      snehal welde 6 years ago

      Beautiful ...you have the making of a storyteller...I was transported to my chilhood days.

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Tanx ameliejan, glad to meet you:)

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      ameliejan 6 years ago from Alicante, Spain

      Lovely story!

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Hi baygirl33. Yes I read that story years ago when I was little; it's a beautiful story.Tanx for reading:)

      Tanx for reading sonia05 :)

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      sonia05 6 years ago from india

      very sweet story! great hub!

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      victoria 6 years ago from Hamilton On.

      Lovely story.I love shoes ,have more than I need .

      I thought for a moment you were going to tell about the Elves and the Shoemaker,a lovely story too.

      Have you heard it?

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Tanx for reading Ieni sands:)

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      Leni Sands 6 years ago from UK

      I really enjoyed this story. Thank you.

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      HI rorshak sobchak. I'm so glad you liked it :)

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      rorshak sobchak 6 years ago

      What a wonderful story.

      rorshak sobchak

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Hi IzzyM. Tanx so much for reading :)

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Tanx for stopping by BPC :)

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      What a wonderful story and so well told! Many thanks!

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      That was a lovely comment mel. Tanx for reading :)

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      Book Publishing Company 6 years ago

      A very well written beautiful story. :)

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      mel 6 years ago

      i can't remember when i saw the rainbow last time.however,you did give me the chance to see it once more.

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Hi Thelma; told you I could bore you to death with short stories! Glad you popped in to read this one :)

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Tanx for reading Laura. Your comment means a lot :)

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Wow! Beautiful story! Thanks for sharing.

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      Laura Ginn 6 years ago from UK

      Oh wow what a lovely story... I was almost welling up towards the end! This was beautiful!

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Tanx Anne Oddity :)

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      Anne Oddity 6 years ago

      Lovely story, and well written!

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Tanx for reading and for your comments; much appreciated:)

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      maria.smarto 6 years ago

      cute loving story.

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      SUSANJK 6 years ago from Florida

      I love shoes and I love children's shoes. Very good hub.

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      I loved this heartwarming story and the vivid imagery. Then again I have a fondness for rainbows and the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow was my favorite as a child. Your writing is really magical and inspired me to leave you some fan mail.

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Perhaps our imaginations get lost from time to time; I'd like to think we all have an abundance to offer; it's finding the solitude at times; that's the real challenge... don't you think?

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      MrHunter 6 years ago from Highway 24

      Thanx for the imagination. There's a lack of it.

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Glad you read it; Tanx.

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      dusy7969 6 years ago from San Diego, California

      Good Story.I like it very much.So thanks a lot for this interesting sharing.Interesting hub

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Tanx for reading.

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      sunchild28 6 years ago from Nigeria

      persuasive hub.

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Cheers; tanx for commenting.

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      hewhohn 6 years ago

      Very nice story.

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Tanx for your time. Go steady.

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      nicolerkilpatrick 6 years ago

      Nice stuff.

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Tanx for popping in jacobkuttyta.

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      jacobkuttyta 6 years ago from Delhi, India

      Very touching story.

      Thanks

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      Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Tanx for reading manthy

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      Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Cute & Original

      God-bless

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