Shoemaking Workshop ~ Make Leather or Vegan Shoes
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About the Course
One Day Workshops
Maximum of 5 students on each workshop.
What Can I Make?
This fun workshop is suitable for complete beginners and gives all the support, tuition and materials you need to make your very own pair of
simple shoes or sandals from our range.
For unique style and total comfort, you will use a natural crepe sole
(either Traditional Crepe soles - flat with a low heel, or a Crepe Wedge).
Choose any Leather or Vegan material you want from a wide range in our workshop.
You can decorate your footwear with punched-out patterns, sewn on applique shapes or stitching.
Choose from any of the following styles;
For Women: Any open sandal, Laurel Shoe, Foxglove or Hollyhock Pump, Heather Shoe, Willow Shoe, Holly Boot, Violet Mule, Vintage Bar sandal, Vintage T-Bar, or simple sandals from our pattern archive.
For Men: Modbury Shoe, Field Boot, Vintage Buckle Boot, Staverton Mule, Vintage T-Bar, Prawle Mule, Salcombe Sandal, or Branscombe Sandal
What time do the workshops start & finish?
Your workshop will run from 9.30am to 5.00pm with a short break in the morning and at lunch.
Please note: We may finish a little later if it’s a very busy day!!!
What should I wear?
Aprons are provided to protect your clothes, but do bear in mind you will be working with glue and sharp tools so don’t wear your favourite things! As it’s an old chapel it can get chilly even on sunny days so do wear a warm layer.
What do I need to bring with me?
If you want to decorate your shoes, you can also bring along your favourite buttons / beads / ribbons to make them even more unique!
Accommodation and meals are not included - we are near to shops and cafes should you need to buy some lunch.
N/B - We also run two day boot making workshops, please see our website for more details.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All tools and materials are included as are hot drinks.
This was my fourth course in the space of about 10 years and I still wear the shoes I made on my first workshop! I would thoroughly recommend this course because not only do you learn a lot about shoe construction, but you also get to take home a pair that YOU made and are custom-fit for your own foot size and shape. These shoes will last you a lifetime and will become your 'goto' item for every occasion. Excellent quality materials, lovely atmosphere and a beautiful end product. 5 stars!
Jimenez - - #9565
Fantastic, personalised and practical course with wonderful tuition from Alison and Sarah. This was exactly what my soul needed! Many thanks
Hayley.R - - #7427
I booked the two day boot making course. Absolutely loved it. So informative and hands on.
Alison is a great teacher and keeps the process moving along at a good pace. The working environment is friendly and fun, a great two days, far exceeded my expectations, and I just love my boots!
Thank you guys!!
Susan Scott - - #5814
I had a superb day, enjoying every moment of it. I got the chance to do stuff that just wouldn't be possible anywhere else. The staff have a knack for knowing when you need help and when to leave you to get on with it. So, I really felt like I had made the shoes myself. The resulting pair of shoes were worn at work the following week. They were admired by everyone. Even those people who had not understood why anyone would attempt to make their own shoes had to admit to being rather impressed. The most difficult part of the day was making choices about style, colour, sole, and laces!
In addition, it's a lovely village with a nice little campsite 10 minutes walk from the workshop.
Kim - - #5777
I loved making boots at Greenshoes! It was a great weekend with super friendly and helpful people who guided us through all of the techniques with plenty of tea breaks. I made long pull-on boots which I've been wearing non-stop ever since. It's such a great feeling to be able to say 'thanks, I made them!' when people compliment you on your shoes! I'm hoping to go back and make some summer shoes for when it gets too hot to keep wearing my boots
Emily - - #4997
I thoroughly enjoyed my shoe making day and couldn't believe how much we achieved given how relaxed it felt. There were four of us in the group and two tutors, so we had constant support and attention if we needed it, and I really enjoyed the insight into the everyday life of a shoemaker. I was also surprised at the amount of choice we had. Given that the course was only one day, I expected to turn up and be told everyone was making the same style and we had a choice of x, y and z colours. Far from it! There were two shelves full of different shoes to make and any leather you could find in the store room. And the piece de resistance? I was allowed to freehand cut and sew bats onto my shoes!!! So I am absolutely thrilled with my unique and perfectly fitted shoes and cannot thank Alison and the team enough. The one thing I would recommend (as I was recommended by a friend) is to expect to leave the shoes behind on the last to stretch into shape and have them posted. It's a little extra time and money but it made the day more relaxed not having to rush to finish them and it was like Christmas having the finished shoes arrive in the post! I would definitely recommend this course to anyone.
Lorraine - - #3880
I had a fantastic time making shoes - really would recommend it. Me and my mum had a lovely day that was really enjoyable and informative - I never felt out of my depth as a complete novice at working with leather!
Amy and Alison were amazing! They were very helpful and incredibly knowledgable. I am so happy with my unique shoes that fit perfectly. They have received many compliments up here in Edinburgh!
Will be saving up to make some sandals!
polly - - #3585
As a fairly experienced leather worker, I wanted to try my hand at a pair of shoes, if only to see how easy or difficult it might be to make them at home.
Alison and Emily have got this day sorted down to a T. We had clear objectives, clear instruction and all the right tools and equipment on hand to complete the task.
It was a fun way to learn, not at all intimidating and even a novice could feel confident with Alison and Emily on hand to offer help when needed.
I came home with a cracking pair of desert boots that look great and fit comfortably. I think the thing I learnt was, there's more to making shoes than I realised, and, without the specialist knowledge, tools, machinery and experience at your fingertips, this would not be as easy away from the workshop. Still, it's wetted my appetite to explore making some moccasins next, so maybe I will start making shoes at home!
Thank you for a great day and a great pair of shoes!
Graham Richards - - #3581
A really fun weekend course with friendly and helpful tutors who gave just the right amount of guidance and help. I had high expectations of the course and they were met - I now have a bespoke pair of boots that fit my feet perfectly and are in my own chosen colour scheme! The course was well paced, with enough time for breaks and lunch whilst also keeping up the boot-making progress. Alison and Sarah were careful to give each of us the attention we needed but let us get on and do each stage of the process ourselves. The venue and location were also really nice so it was a pleasure to stay there for the weekend. I'd very much recommend the course - definitely worth the money.
Issy Reading - - #3420
What a great day, with excellent help from Alison and Emily. I made a pair of 'Willow' shoes which fit extremely well. Our feet were measured and we had the chance to try on different styles and sizes to help work out what was right for me.
I would recommend this course for anyone who is interested in making shoes and I would love to learn more. Thank you.
Elizabeth Bond - - #3130
The course was very enjoyable, challenging and interesting. The workshop leaders Alison and Emily were enthusiatic, helpful and friendly. The pace of the course was good and I was able to select the leather and colours to use myself. You are guided on how to make the shoe rather than handheld through the process, which was great and as an inexperienced sewer, was given the freedom to practice on the sewing machines first. At the end of the day I had created my own pair of shoes and left feeling very proud of what I had achieved.
A very nice way to spend a Saturday - i'd recommend the workshop to anyone and everyone!
Luke Tinklin - - #3124
An absolutely excellent workshop and now I have a brilliant pair of shoes to show for it. A great environment to learn and work in and pitched at the right pace to complete the shoes in one day but not feel rushed at the same time. This is a great course if you just love hand crafts or are a shoe fanatic. A great insight into how shoes are made and the skills needed to do so. Alison and Emily were great on the day and couldn't be more helpful. Well worth the money and I would definitely go back for the longer boot making course. Thank you for a wonderful experience.
James Roulston-Eldridge - - #3044
The workshop was so fun and surpassed my high expectations! The pace was fabulous and nothing was too rushed - I always felt someone was on had to answer my questions and guide me through difficult bits. Everyone was lovely - the staff and my fellow students.
My only suggestion is that it might be handy to have a handout for those that want one which gives a few of the basic terms, techniques and methodology - I know it couldn't be too specific as we all choose to make different shoes. However, having a reference to get a bit of a sense of the bigger picture before delving in could be helpful in knowing which mistakes are easy to fix or cover up or are not important! It would have been helpful to know which bits were the trickiest and most important while I was doing them. Now that I've completed a pair of shoes I have a sense of those but starting out it was so mysterious.
I am very happy with my shoes and will recommend this and also I think I will come again!
Kris Rothstein - - #2884
I made the Iris boots and am so proud of them! Alison, Ami and Sarah were there with me all the way and helped me with such a sense of fun and companionship. They really are experts in this field. Especially Alison who knows her stuff from years of experience.
Anna Ash - - #2473
I had such an amazing time, the girls there are amazing and know exactly what they are talking about, I had such a great time I am going to get my wife to take the course.
mitchell Fawcett - - #2309
The course was fun and well paced. Loved the three evening sessions, which gave me a chance to ask more questions.
Alison and Sarah were both so knowledgeable and friendly, giving the sessions an informal and relaxed feel. Thank you so much.
Emily - - #2272
A great workshop!
It was with some trepidation that I began the day.Me,shoemaking?Something I had wanted to do for so long and now there I was surrounded by gorgeous shoes and leather in myriad colours.
The whole day sped by so fast what with the excellent tuition,friendly fellow students,lovely charity lunch at a nearby pottery and most of all a pair of purple and avocado ankle boots which I made myself.
For anyone who loves shoes so much that they want to make a pair to call their own- this one day workshop is a must.
Fiona Lowe - - #2181
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