Evening shoemaking class


A shoe making course where you can learn traditional, hand welted shoe making at your own pace, under the careful guidance of master shoemakers James Ducker and Deborah Carré.

We run a traditional English bespoke shoe making business, working with a highly skilled team of outworkers to make the lasts, footwear patterns and shoe uppers to our designs and measurements. Then we make the shoes here in our workshop using only hand tools - hand lasting, welting, stitching the sole, building the heels and finishing - and the techniques that you will learn with us. 

The shoe making evening courses are for beginners and take place on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 - 9pm, in 10-week terms. There is a waiting list for places so, if you are interested, please email us to let us know which evening you would prefer. (In our experience, students usually take three terms to complete a pair of shoes). 

At the start of the shoe making course you will be given a set of comprehensive course notes and a pack of shoe making materials - lasts to work on in your chosen size (the forms the shoes are made on); leather uppers (you will have chosen either black or dark brown); and “rough stuff” leather for the soles etc.

In the following weeks and months, we will guide you through the 200+ steps in the shoe making process. You will work with specialist hand tools - from the shoe making knife (you best friend or worst enemy depending on how sharp it is), and lasting pliers to welting  awls, square awls , edge irons and a fudge wheel – and traditional shoe making materials – oak bark tanned leather, tar, thread wax and hemp thread.

At the end of the course (some 90 hours of shoe making), you will proudly walk away with a pair of shoes that you have made yourself!

As places become available each term, they are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To see a shoe making course in action, visit our blog. To be added to the waiting list, please email us at courses@carreducker.com along with your name, a mobile telephone number and specifying which evening you would prefer.