Do you like to be unique, or long to wear something made-to-measure? Have you ever wanted to make your own shoes? Perhaps you know someone who’d be thrilled if you paid for them to learn shoe-making.

I have compiled a list of shoe-making courses in the U.K. for you , so that you or your favourite person can make a very special and unique pair.





From their half-day Summer Sandal Making workshop to the 10 day intensive Mastering Footwear course, I Can Make Shoes offer a variety of tempting opportunities in their London studio.


Prescott Mackay





Prescott & Mackay are another big name in shoe-making workshops, and offer the largest variety of course options. The One Day Moccasin Course is run by the expert in this construction Rose Choules, and they not only offer courses in London, but also in San Francisco, U.S.A. and Melbourne, Australia.





For something outside the norm, go back in time with Sarah Juniper‘s Gloucestershire-based Historical Shoemaking Courses. You can make medieval turnshoes in three days, or Blücher boots in five. Primarily for reenactors, or perhaps anyone interested in historical footwear manufacturing methods.





UAL not only run the famous BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation, but also short courses in shoe-making, pattern cutting and design. Who wouldn’t want this famous institution on their C.V.?





De Montfort: another university famous for its heritage in footwear design tuition, also offers a short course in footwear design and making. You can opt for just the design day, the footwear fundamentals day, or days 3 and 4 when you learn pattern cutting and make a shoe.






Carréducker (run by bespoke shoemakers James Ducker and Deborah Carré) offer their London-based shoe making course in a traditional evening class format (be warned, a pair of shoes will take you three terms to complete). They also offer intensive pattern making and shoe making options, and if you so wish one-to-one tuition.

Green Shoes logo v. smallest



If you fancy travelling to peaceful Dartmoor to learn the craft, Green Shoes offer 1 day shoemaking and 2 day bootmaking options. Be warned: their courses are very popular so you will need to book well in advance.




Paul Thomas offers his expertise in another London-based course. This one caters for those who need to learn flexibly. My tip: ensure you are willing to put in the 80 hours it takes to make your pair before embarking on this shoe adventure.


Let me know how you get on with your shoe education.


If you run a non-web-based course in the U.K. that I haven’t featured, please e-mail the details and your logo to , and I will happily add them to this post.

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6 Responses to MAKE YOUR OWN SHOES

  1. Nicole Laplacette says:

    Dear Sir or Madam,
    I would like to make my shoes designs real. I live in Cirencester and I am studying business management.
    Could you please tell me where is the nearest place I can start? What is you recommendation?
    Thank you very much,
    Your sincerely,

  2. Chidi Udeze says:

    Dear Susannah,

    I am a student of University of Worcester studying a Masters in Business administration.

    I have a passion for shoes and would love to have my own shoe making firm later in the future.

    I would like to learn how to make shoes to know the best practice of shoe making to adopt.

    I will appreciate it if you can recommend a place where i can acquire my desired skill.

    Thank you.


  3. Lauma Bonnefina says:

    Hi there,
    Like Nicole above, I would too be very interested in making shoes. I live in North Oxfordshire area and was wondering where the best place would be to start. Many thanks!

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