15 – 17 May 2022



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for news and announcements as the international conference schedule comes together.


25 – 27 February 2022

Kings Court Hotel, Warwickshire, England. Please follow the link here for more information



The International Shoemakers Conference is the sister conference of the annual Independent Shoemakers Conference, bringing news of the local conference and much much more to a global shoemaking audience.  Founded and organised by James Ducker and Deborah Carre of Carreducker in 2021,  it brought shoe makers from all over the world together for the first time, during the covid pandemic, to talk about something that we are all passionate about, shoes and shoe making!

The 2021 Online Conference:

    • Attracted over 230 delegates from across the globe from Seattle to Seoul
    • Featured interviews, demonstrations and workshops by makers, designers, tanneries and organisations from Seoul, Italy, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, the UK, the USA and Canada.
    • The mix of films, Q&As and meeting sessions drew audiences of 70 – 100 delegates
    • Content was available pre and post conference for a month


Carreducker have attended the Independent Shoemakers Conference for over 15 years. Each year the conference is hosted by a different business or maker and the pair finally took the leap and volunteered to host for 2021, envisaging a conference in London with trips to their workshop and to showcase London’s shoemaking heritage. Instead, covid presented them with an entirely different challenge, creating an online conference. They put together a programme of films, live Zoom panel Q&As and Zoom meetings for delegates, fast-learning filming, interview and editing skills. It was a steep learning curve, but the response from delegates has been wholeheartedly positive, so rather than let their new-found skills go to waste they founded the International Shoemakers Conference to continue to bring the global world of shoe makers together. (It follows the UK Conference so that interviews, films and highlights can then be shared online).


A Conversation of Cordwainers

Carreducker made this film with Itch Media, during London Craft Week 2019 to highlight the diverse the world of handsewn, bespoke shoemaking in London, from chunky, avant garde sneakers to sleek West End shoes. James Ducker, Dominic Casey, Sebastian Tarek, James Kearns and Felix Jouanneau talked all things bespoke, under the expert eye and considered voice of writer, author and founder of, Simon Crompton.

A Conversation of Cordwainers

Sponsored by:worshipful company of cordwainers

The Design Museum, London

Shoe making filmWATCH HERE

This film, the Brunswick, champions handsewn shoe making telling the story of the making of a pair of boots. It is shown alongside the completed boots, vintage tools and shoe making materials in the dynamic environment of the Design Museum, London and as part of the museum’s permanent exhibition Designer Maker User