All I have to say is Ugh. hope it gets to it's destination in one piece.
updated note: cake made it to it's destination...I was nervous about the shoe breaking....but it travelled well and the birthday girl reportedly loved it.
It was painful making this cake and I swore that day I would never make another one....but I think it's kind of like childbirth in that I've forgotten the pain, and now thinking about how I would do it differently for it to turn out better (and less painful for me to make!).