Since we started our shoe making courses in 2006, we have met hundreds of wonderful people from across the globe and realised that the courses aren’t just about making a pair of shoes. Learning new skills and challenging yourself can lead to all sorts of changes.

We’re very proud that over the years, our courses have given students new-found confidence; started new careers; fanned an enthusiasm for making; given an appreciation for craftsmanship; and even been the catalyst to go off to do something new.

Here are a few comments from our wonderful School alumni:

“…it was an eye opening experience for me. Definitely interesting to see how much work goes into a pair of handmade shoes and I’m going to treat shoes and shoemakers with newfound respect from now on“.

I really enjoyed the course. It has been a great experience going through the different steps and to end up with a pair of shoes made entirely with my hands. It is really amazing!!”

Wonderful would be the first comment that springs to mind. Certainly felt a little deflated when…I had to go back to my…normal life

Thank you both for your patience and positivity throughout. I enjoyed it immensely. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life and may have altered my life’s trajectory