Beginner – Intensive Shoemaking Course – 12 Days


  • DatesDates:
    • 4 – 16 May *
    • 15 – 27 June *
    • 14 – 27 July *
    • 5 – 17 October
  • TimeTime: 9:30am – 5:30pm
  • Book byBook by: Four weeks before the course starts

* This intensive shoe making course follows on immediately from the last making course at Lastmaker’s House; carefully timed so that you get two great courses under your belt in one fell swoop!

* Why not combine our shoe making course with a 4-day lastmaking course at Lastmaker’s House? 
We’ve been teaching handsewn shoemaking since 2006 and now we’re delighted to link up with Steven and Dominic at Lastmaker’s House so that you can get two great courses under your belt, in one fell swoop! Start with four days of lastmaking in Eastbourne, on the south coast of England, as Steven and Dominic guide you through the lastmaking process from measuring and outlining your foot to turning a pair of bespoke wooden shoe lasts to take home. (Groups are small, up to four students, so there’s plenty of tutor-time). Book your lastmaking course here.
Then come up to London and join us for an intensive 12-days of handsewn shoemaking in small groups of up to 6 students at our Shoe & Leather School in Shoreditch. See below for the details and to book.

Course description

Like the last making course, this is an intensive course that packs an exhilarating 96 hours of shoe making into 12 days and includes comprehensive course notes and a starter box of specialist tools.

Handsewn shoes are amongst the strongest construction and can be repaired time and time again. We use Bakers’ oak bark tanned leather for all of the shoemaking components and Italian leather for the uppers.

Through demonstration and trial, and using only hand-held tools, we will guide you through the following techniques:

  • Preparing the insoles and leather components
  • Hand lasting
  • Hand welting
  • Adding a shank and cork
  • Stitching the sole
  • Building the leather heels
  • Finishing the soles and heels
  • Pulling the last and fitting a sock

At the end, you will proudly walk away with a pair of shoes that you have made yourself, a course certificate and your starter kit of tools.


All of the materials that you will need are provided including an apron, comprehensive course notes and a starter kit of tools.

Find out more

There’s a lot to consider, so please do take a look at our blog to see what goes on in class and don’t hesitate to email us if you have any further questions before booking.

Shoe styles

When you do book, you will be asked to specify:

  • Your UK shoe size
  • The style of shoe you would like to make – a Wholecut, Oxford or Derby shoe
  • The leather colour you would like – black, brown or burgundy
  • Any detailing you would like e.g. blind eyelets, a toe cap, counter or medallion
  • Whether you would like shoe trees.

Student discount

Please note: all Carreducker students receive a 20% discount on the kits, tools and materials that we sell in the online Supplies Shop.

See our full Terms & Conditions here.

Burgundy leather
Chocolate leather
Black leather
burgundy shoes
Oxford - full brogue
Plain Derby
Plain Oxford
burgundy wholecut shoe
Detail - blind eyelets
Detail - eyelets
Heel counter
heel tab
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