“They (sic) make it easy to get lost in the world of shoemaking. Having attended classes for just over two years, I’ve become a committed life-long shoemaker.”

Derrek, The Netherlands

“I took my shoes to a few makers…re apprenticeships…All of the makers were quite complimentary about the finished shoes which I must put down to your teaching since I had done nothing before the course, so thank you again.”

Ben, USA

“Thank you …for being wonderful teachers and for creating a cosy and fun atmosphere for all of us. I’m even thankful for the blisters now that I can see the results of the hard work”

Beatrice, Brazil

“That course…became one of the most important stages in my life. Thank you for that wonderful time”

Sviatoslav, Ukraine

“I would recommend this course to anyone.”

Natalya, USA

“Thank you for the best three weeks of my education. I feel very fortunate that I had the opportunity to follow your course”.

Carina, Denmark

“I have been craving the know-how to stitch welts and soles – to go a level up from cemented soles – and this was definitely the way to learn how to do it, the traditional way”

Ruben, Spain

“It really is a jumping off point to greater things and encourages you to see your project through to the end.”

Ira, USA

“Whether you know you want to do this professionally or as a hobbyist, you’ll find this rewarding and informative.”

Rob, USA

“I enjoyed my time with James and Deborah immensely. It’s rare to have access to the level of expertise, but also the care and attention available through their courses with a huge amount of time being given to each student. I particularly enjoy the friendships I have built with them and with the other students and will be back to complete the next pair soon.”

Cameron, London


Get started shoe making, find out ‘how to…’ or top up your shoe making know-how with this 6-part series and add Zoom support for £30 p.h. Films available individually for £85 each or as a set for £450

Handsewn Shoe Making ‘How to….’ Films


We run handsewn shoe making evening and day classes for up to four students; one-to-one shoe making; and leather craft experiences for up to 4 people.

If you’d like to schedule a course or arrange an experience please email us with details of your group, your preferred date(s) and activity and we’ll go from there.

Many thanks, Deborah & James


Learning completely new skills is an exciting challenge and working with your hands rewarding, fuelling both heart and soul.

We have taught handsewn shoe making for nearly 20 years, and more recently leather craft, training hundreds of wonderful people from across the globe.

We’re proud to say that our courses are igniting a passion for making; launching new shoemakers; boosting confidence; starting new careers; encouraging career-changes; and giving a new-found respect for makers and making.