Shoe Making Summer School – Pattern Making, Closing & Shoe Making


Our Shoe Making Summer School courses are designed to follow one after the other. Immerse yourself in one, two or all three of the key disciplines of shoe making – pattern making, closing the uppers and shoe making.

For the first time, we are offering the chance to take you through from the pattern to a finished pair of plain Derby shoes, the ultimate test!

We’ll guide you through trial and demonstration, as you develop the skills and techniques of one of the most challenging and rewarding crafts to learn.

Choose to do one, two or all three parts of the course together.

PATTERN COURSE – 3 days; 25-27 July

Maximum students: 3

Location: Tooting Bec, London

Course content: Working at an intensive, focused pace  you will make a standard forme and then a simple pattern for an Oxford shoe and a Derby shoe. You will be working on one of our 0743 lasts.

CLOSING – 3 days; 29-31 July

Maximum students: 3

Location: Tooting Bec

Course content: You will learn hand skiving and the different seam techniques used in shoe uppers. Then you will close a pair of simple Derby shoes, using the pattern from the previous class.

Shoe Making – 12 days; 2-15 August

Maximum students: 6

Location: Carreducker, Unit 1.20, Oxo Tower Wharf, London SE1

Course content: You will follow the 200+ steps in hand sewing a pair of shoes, using a pair of Carreducker uppers / lasts or your own Derby upper made on the closing course. If you need uppers, you will need to come in to try on a pair of shoes for size at least 4 weeks before the course starts, so that we can have uppers made for you. (If you choose to use your own uppers there is a £90 discount from the cost of the course).

The cost of the course includes all the materials that you need, including a pack of Bakers of Colyton oak bark leather, a comprehensive set of shoe making notes and a starter pack of tools. At the end of the course you will proudly walk away with a pair of shoes that you have made yourself!


All materials included; shoe trees available to order separately.


3 day Pattern Making £1236

3 day Closing £1386

12 day Shoe Making £2495 CD uppers / £2405 own uppers

All three together – Patterns + Closing + Shoe Making £4877


Book now and email us to arrange a time to come in to try on a sample pair of shoes to confirm your size.

See our full Terms & Conditions here.

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