Neither is it some bush-league Johnny-come-lately gathering with C-list speakers and a shoe-string budget.
Passion, which he financed and produced, grossed $370 million worldwide on a shoe-string budget of $30 million.
1610s, from shoe (n.) + string (n.). As figurative for "a small amount" it is recorded from 1882; as a type of necktie, from 1903; as a style of cooked potatoes from 1906.
gumshoe, white shoe