MAKE YOUR OWN SHOES

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.

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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 consultant@shoeconsultant.co.uk , and I will happily add them to this post.

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19 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,
    Nicole.

  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.

    Regards
    Chidi

  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!
    Lauma

  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.

    Juliet

  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

      • 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,
        Susannah

  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.
    Toshi

    • 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,
      Susannah

  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,
      Susannah

  8. MR A AHMED says:

    DEAR SIR,MADAM
    WE ARE A NEW BRAND OF CHILDRENS CLOTHING DESIGNERS.
    ALSO INTERESTED IN LAUNCHING OUR OWN BRAND OF SHOES.

    IN SEARCH OF SHOE DESIGNERS TO TO DEVELOP OUR BRAND OF SHOES.

    HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON
    MR A AHMED

  9. Sam says:

    Hi,
    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?

    Thanks

    Sam

    • 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,
      Susannah

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