A closely directed learning experience where students can focus on applying the techniques and skills necessary to design and make one pair of shoes.
We appreciate that every student is different and tuition is guided to suit your skill level.
The 5-day course is designed for the beginner student (no experience necessary) who wants to experience every facet of the shoemaking process. Students are expected to research at least 3 styles of shoe/boot they would like to make. These shoe styles or designs will become their project for the course. Upon completion of the course, the student will have made and designed one pair of shoes.
All materials to make your first pair of shoes on the course will be supplied.
Materials for additional pairs made will be charged accordingly.
Specialised materials and leathers can be sourced at your request: prices on application.
Pattern-making / Design
A pattern is made on the Last (i.e. the foot model). This design is drawn on the last then transferred to a cardboard pattern. A test of this pattern will be made from scrap leather to ensure fit and design. This is called a “Pullover” or test shoe. The pullover is assessed and tweaked for fit and style. A pattern is then made which represents the design and appropriate measurements.
Cutting / Clicking
The Leather. Choosing your leather and cutting the pattern pieces.
All the pieces that comprise the upper part of the shoe are skived,
folded and stitched together to create your upper.
Lasting / Making
Is the process where the stitched upper is pulled over the Last and fastened to the insole.
Once the upper is attached and the stiffeners are inserted and set, the sole and heel are attached.
This is where the sole and heel is trimmed cleaned and stocked ready for wear.
All shoes made by the student are for the student to keep.
The course starts at 10 am Monday then runs through to 4 pm daily until Friday with a one hour break for lunch.
All Classes are limited to one student per course.
The five-day course fee is $3300.00 AUD.
Payment in full on enrolment is required to secure your place.
March : 12-16, 19-23
April : 9-13, 16-20
May: 30-4, 7-11, 14-18, 21-25
June : 4-8,18-22, 25-29
July : 2-6, 9-13
August : 6-10, 13-17, 20-24
This sizing chart is designed as a comparison to commonly used sizing systems . The systems differ in what they measure , what unit of measure they use and where the size 0 is positioned . The english system for mens shoes that i use is based on the length of the last measured in barleycorn 1/3inch . If you are uncertain of your size and how it translates to my sizing system please email and we will endeavour to assess your size .