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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23 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!

  4. Juliet says:

    Hi Susannah,

    I am planning on starting my own shoe line and I really need your help to know how to do that. Like where to start and how to start.

    Please all the help is needed asap.

    Thank you.


  5. Svetlana Watkins says:

    I live in Birmingham and want to learn how to design and make my own shoes. I cannot travel to London. Is there anywhere in or close to Birmingham I can study or is there an online course that would at least give me an introduction? Thanks

    • Susannah Davda says:

      Hi Svetlana,
      There was a lady in Wolverhampton who taught shoe design and making. I know she has started her own brand now, so I’m not sure whether she is still teaching. I have emailed her and am waiting to hear back.
      Regarding online courses, there is this one. I haven’t tried any of the courses myself, but the reviews are glowing.
      There is also this Bespoke Shoemaking Book which you may find useful.
      If after studying, you are keen to start your own shoe business, please email me and I can help you on the road to success. I provide Skype/Facetime consultancy sessions, so you wouldn’t need to travel.
      I’ll let you know if I hear from the teacher in your area.
      With best wishes,

      • Susannah Davda says:

        Hi Svetlana,
        Unfortunately I haven’t received a reply from the lady in Wolverhampton. I can only imagine she’s focussing on her own brand now. Of course I’ll let you know if she does get in touch.
        I know that Leicester College sometimes offer part-time footwear courses like this one. It’s certainly worth contacting them if you are able to travel there.
        I do hope you find a way to learn this amazing craft. Please let me know how you get on.
        Thanks and best wishes,

  6. Healy(mrs) says:

    Hi, Susannah.
    I would like to make shoes for my husband who has different legs length.
    Is there anyway, I can learn and make a special shoes?
    (I have a great art and craft background as I did Bsc conservation restoration.)

    Thank you for your time.

    • Susannah Davda says:

      Hi Mrs Healy,
      Many thanks for your message. I hope I can help you to find somewhere to learn the craft.
      Where are you located?
      Best wishes,

  7. Stephanie says:

    Hi. Do any of your courses specialise in making children’s shoes? My daughter has disabilities with her feet and it is impossible to find footwear that fits her. That’s why I would like to take a course, so that I could perhaps make shoes for her. I live in Northern Ireland but am willing to travel for the course. Please advise.

    Many thanks

    • Susannah Davda says:

      Hi Stephanie,
      Thank you very much for your message. There doesn’t seem to be a specific bespoke childrens shoe course, so I recommend that you get in touch with some of the companies listed in this feature, to see whether they can accommodate your requirements.
      I wish you the best of luck,

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  9. Sam says:

    I am interested in running shoe making courses as part of an events programme.

    We are based in Somerset – do you know of any shoe making tutors in the area?



    • Susannah Davda says:

      Hi Sam,
      Thanks for your query. That sounds like a lovely plan.
      I have some ideas which I’ll send you by email this evening.
      Best wishes,

  10. frangos skender says:

    Your side is very clear and helpful . congratulation !
    My name is frangos skender i am Master student at UAL .
    i need to design a shoes and someone made it for me do you know any one to close to london ?

    thank you

    • Susannah Davda says:

      Hi Frangos,
      Thanks so much for your message.
      Yes I can certainly help you. I’ll send you an email with more details.
      Best wishes,

  11. Marina Mura says:

    Dear Susannah,

    I am glad I found your website! I have looked into all of the shoe making courses with the different companies you list above, and have also searched online myself and read everything I can get my hands on. But I’m still unsure as to which cours (es) would help me  the most.
    Basically, I’m fed up with the shoe world!
    As it is more or less impossible to buy stylish, comfortable shoes that aren’t completely flat.

    I am disabled and have worn sensible, UGLY, orthopaedic shoes for most of my life. And it just makes me so sad when I see all the pretty shoes that I can’t, or shouldn’t wear.
    So I have come to the conclusion, that I will have to make my own shoes (which does excite me ;o).
    What I would love is to make shoes for myself with a little bit of a (hidden) platform (to give the illusion of being higher, because I love the look of a high heeled shoe), and a maximum height overall of 5 – 7 cm. Anything higher than that is just too uncomfortable for me.
    I wouldn’t mind learning to make boots, or good looking flats either – my shoes just need to fit me very well and be very comfortable.

    I live in Germany now, but I am more than willing to travel to England to attend classes and I have family in Lancasire and Kent.
    My funds are limited, or it takes me quite a while to save up for treats, as I am disabled and can only work part-time, when my health allows, and I don’t have a partner/husband to help with finances etc. So I need to choose very wisely, which course will help me the best.
    I don’t mind saving up for private tuition, if that would be the best option, and you could recommend somebody good.

    I really hope you can help me, and I don’t mind where I have to travel to in the UK, it doesn’t have to be close to my family, but the course does have to be “intense” i.e. on a daily basis for a maximum of 2 – 4 weeks, as opposed to evening classes or classes that are only once or twice a week and run for months.

    Thank you very much in advance, I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kinder regards,

    P.S. I have no experience in shoe or clothes making, but I am an experienced sugarcrafter with some gold medals in der my belt. I am just a bit slower due to my disabilities and I tire quicker than normal, but I am able to get through the day/ week, I just need an extensive recovery period, after I have completed my projects / work /DIY etc.

    • Susannah Davda says:

      Hi Marina,
      Thanks so much for your message. I’m sorry to hear of your frustrations.
      I also feel very strongly that we should all be able to wear comfortable, beautiful shoes.
      I think the best match for your course requirements will be I Can Make Shoes. Their Start Your Future in Footwear course would be a great place to start. They also offer private tuition if you prefer.
      This company are based in London, so perhaps you could commute from staying with your family in Kent.

      I do hope you find a course you love, and that enables you to make your own comfortable, beautiful shoes. If you ever want to start your own shoe company, please get in touch as I help start-ups to become successful shoe brands.

      With thanks and best wishes,


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