Make Your Own Shoes – Evening Class


£515 per 10-week term – please note that it usually takes three terms to complete a pair of leather soled shoes or boots and one term to make a pair of sneakers.


  • DatesDates:
      • Autumn 2022: w/c 26 September –  5 December
      • Spring 2023: w/c 9 January – 20 March
      • Summer 2023: w/c 17 April – 26 June


  • TimeTime: 6pm – 9pm on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evening
  • EmailEmail us to check availability and to arrange a start date
You can join at any time during the term if we have a place available!


The definitive handsewn shoe making class, where you can learn traditional, hand welted shoe making or sneaker making at your own pace, under the careful guidance of master shoemakers.

  • Classes are for a maximum of six students, so there is plenty of individual attention
  • They are designed for complete beginners
  • Classes run on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evening
  • Classes run in terms of 10 weeks
  • The hours are 6 – 9pm

It usually takes three terms to make a pair of leather soled and heeled shoes from start to finish, as we guide you through the 200+ steps in the shoe making process – lasting, welting, stitching on a sole, building leather heels and then finishing the shoes, all by hand. At the end, you will proudly walk away with a pair of shoes that you have made yourself!

Or why not dip your toe in and make a pair of sneakers? (The sneakers take up to two terms to make and there is an £80 surcharge for them to be professionally finished i.e. to have the sole attached).

Carreducker shoe making students
Here’s some of our wonderful students and their shoes.

Shoe sizing, styles, leather and details

For your first pair of handsewn leather shoes we recommend visiting us at OXO Tower Wharf to try on an 0743 shoe sample for size; then choose from three shoe styles – a Derby, Oxford or Wholecut; a leather colour of your choice; and a selection of details – toecaps, brogue punch pattern, blind or metal eyelets and a heel counter or dog ear.

For sneaker making, simply tell us your usual UK sneaker size and we’ll order lasts for you to work on.

Once you have made one pair of shoes with us, you can go on to make any shoe or low boot style of your choosing on the same last; or bring along your own lasts and we will have the uppers made for you.


The cost of the first pair of shoe uppers are included in your term fee.

All the materials needed to make the shoes are provided.

There is a fee for subsequent pairs of uppers, dependent on the chosen style and leather; from £180 for a pair of plain Derby shoe uppers.

Sign up

Spaces are available throughout the year as students finish making their shoes, so you can start at any time if we have a place.  Simply email us to let us know which evening you would prefer and when you would like to start and we will send you a booking form. Then we will arrange for you to pop into our workshop to choose your shoe size, style, colour and detailing so we’re all set for when you start.

Terms & conditions

See our full Terms & Conditions here.

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