Make Your Own Shoes – Evening Class
…per 10-week term – it usually takes three terms to complete a pair of shoes
- Autumn Term 2021: 27 September – 10 December (Half term w/c 25 October)
- Spring 2022: 10 January – 25 March (Half term w/c 14 February)
- Summer 2022: 25 April – 8 July (Half term w/c 30 May)
- Time: 6pm – 9pm on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evenings or by arrangement on weekdays or Saturdays
- Email us to check availability and to arrange a start date
The definitive London shoe making evening class, where you can learn traditional, hand welted shoe making at your own pace, under the careful guidance of master shoemakers.
Our classes are for complete beginners and take place on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evening from 6 – 9pm. They run in terms of 10-weeks, but you can start at any time if we have a place!
It usually takes three, 10-week terms to complete a pair of shoes 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!
Shoe sizing, styles, leather and details
For your first pair of shoes we recommend visiting us at Chocolate Studios to try on a 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, medallions, blind or metal eyelets and a heel counter or dog ear.
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.
Everything that you need is provided.
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.