12-Day Shoe Making Course



01/06/2018 - 10/06/2018
  • DatesDates:
    • 7 – 19 January 2019
    • 13 – 25 May 2019
    • 8 – 20 July 2019
    • 29 July – 10 August 2019
  • TimeTime: 9:30am – 5:30pm Monday to Saturday
  • Book byBook by: Four weeks before the course starts

This shoe making course is intensive, cramming an exhilarating 96 hours of shoe making into 12 days! It’s been described by students as being the ‘boot camp’ or ‘iron man’ equivalent and you’ll certainly get a great physical and mental workout as you navigate the 200+ processes involved in hand sewing a pair of shoes. But don’t be put off; most students are complete beginners and the hard work is balanced by a great and very well-deserved, sense of achievement at the end!

At the start of the shoe making course you will be given a starter kit of tools, a set of comprehensive shoe making 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 burgundy, black or dark brown); and “rough stuff” leather for the soles etc.

In the following days, we will guide you through 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.

After some 96 hours of shoe making, you will proudly walk away with a pair of shoes that you have made yourself!

Special offer

The 12-Day Shoe Making courses are timed to dovetail with the 5-Day Footwear Pattern Making courses, providing the opportunity for aspiring shoemakers across the world to learn the essentials of these highly skilled disciplines. There is a special discount of £250 if you book the scheduled pattern and 12-day shoe making course together. Please contact us to book.

(Please note that there is a minimum number of students required for the course to run).

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