S01 E06: Artistic Expression
When the cobblers had to paint a realistic interpretation of “American Gothic” using only laces and shoe polish, lack of ventilation in the workroom proved stifling to more than just their creativity!
S01 E10: Trench Warfare
The cobblers set out to make a sensible sandal using concertina wire and bricks. Many people don't realize how many scenes had to be ‘cut’ due to blood loss!
S01 E11: In Shod Blood
In this spine-tingling episode, the cobblers had to make a shoe that would double as a shoe…for a murderer!
S01 E13: I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Shoes
When Ben & Jerry paid us a visit to unveil their new flavor, "Sailing the High Heels," the cob-testants were tasked with making a heel that could double as an ice cream topping. Gerrie's winning shoe, a burgundy oxford braised in Burgundy wine, looked scrumptious!
S01 E09: The Other Shoe Drops
Guest judge Ke$ha tasked the cobblers with making a stylish heel from found materials, so we sent the cobblers in gondolas down New York City's scenic Gowanus Canal to see what they could find. I think we all remember Gorden’s edgy styrofoam platform with condom upper that led to a win!
S01 E07: Toe the Line
The cobblers had to make shoes for a woman with 11 toes...and only 4 of them on one foot!
S01 E08: My Tongue and Only
When faced with the challenge of making a robotic shoe that would both tie its own laces and perform all functions of a Roomba, Jarad had a tearful meltdown while on the phone with NASA.
S01 E14: Lace Up or Shut Up
In the season finale, a distraught Ginniver attempted to hang herself with the pair of shoes that cost her the title of Top Cobbler--only to remember that she lost because they were Velcro.
S01 E12: Heart and Sole
In the show's first "high-stakes Quickfire (literally)," Markus was pitted against Brin. With Brin’s innovative use of raw chicken cutlets as shoe soles, she made it across the hot coals in a record 9 seconds! Markus went the route of bicycle tires, a disastrous choice--he was sent home, but not before he was sent to the emergency room!
S01 E13: Things are Heating Up
When the cobblers had to make shoes out of only toenail clippings and barbecue sauce, Hansel lost control and locked himself in the panic room, naked, with only his bottle of A1. His mutterings about "nurse's shoes" and "the Belgians" are included as extras on the DVD of Top Cobbler: The Complete First Season, out this summer.