One to one shoe making for beginners

shoe making for beginners - MAKE A PAIR OF HAND SEWN shoes 

If you are unable to join one of our scheduled 12-day or Evening shoe making courses, why not come along and make a pair of hand sewn shoes working alongside us in our workshop instead?

You can choose your shoe making course to run over 12 working days (Monday to Friday) or agree a personalised timetable to suit your schedule.  

We run a traditional English shoe making business, working with a highly skilled team 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 - using the techniques that you could learn with us.

At the start of the shoe making course you will be given a starter kit of tools; 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, insoles etc.

In the following days, 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, fudge wheels and edge irons - and traditional shoe making materials; oak bark tanned leather, tar, thread wax and hemp thread.

The course fee is £3400 and after up to 96 hours of shoe making, you will proudly walk away with a pair of shoes that you have made yourself! And we're here to help get you started making your next pair of shoes. We offer plenty of support and advice and our online Tool Shed is a useful resource to buy making kits, tool kits, leather and materials, where students receive a 20% discount.

As I am sure you can imagine, the course is both physically and mentally demanding. But don’t be put off, the majority of our students are complete beginners and the hard work is rewarded by a great and very well-deserved, sense of achievement at the end! 

Call us on +44(0)20 7813 0093 or email us at to discuss suitable dates and for a booking form.

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