Make Your Own Shoes – 1-Day Hand Lasting Workshop



On a date to suit (please allow six weeks before your preferred date)


10am – 5pm

Any week day or Saturday by arrangement


Why not learn to make your own shoes from the experts? This is a great way to start. On this one-day shoe making course for beginners you will learn one of the most important elements of shoe making, hand lasting.

Hand lasting is the stage of pulling the leather shoe upper over the last (the forms that the shoes are made on) and securing it in place first with nails and then contact cement. It is one of the most important, because a hand lasted shoe has a beautiful shape, exactly following the contours of the last.

At the end of the day, your shoes will be sent off to our award winning cobbler to be stitched and to have a leather or rubber sole and heel attached, before being carefully boxed up and delivered back to you ready to be worn!


All of the materials to make the shoes are provided, but we do need some important information from you at checkout. We need to know:

What leather colour(s) you’d like – we offer a core range – black, dark brown, mid brown, tan, burgundy, navy and white – and additional colours are available at +£30 per colour

Which style you’d like to make – a Derby shoe, Oxford shoe, Wholecut shoe or Derby boot

Derby shoes with metal eyelets
Derby shoes with brogued toecap
Oxford shoes
Plain cap toe Oxford
Oxford shoe with plain toe cap

Brogued Oxford shoes

Wholecut shoes


Whether you’d like a round or oval toe…

Round on the left / Almond on the right


If you’d like blind or metal eyelets….

Detail - eyelets
Metal eyelets for strength
Detail - blind eyelets
Blind eyelets for subtlety


Finally, if you would like to keep your shoes looking at their best we also offer wooden shoetrees made especially to fit them, which you can have personalised with your name or initials.

Maple wood shoe trees
Shoe trees

Next steps

Book now and then email us to arrange to come in to choose your shoe size, to confirm any extra colours and to arrange your class date. (Please allow a minimum of 6 weeks notice).


See our full Terms & Conditions here.

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