Ever found yourself wondering, ‘Can I make my own shoes?’ Our answer is Hell Yes! 🌟

Learning how to make your own shoes is much easier than you would think and can easily be done from the comfort of your own home. Home shoemaking is very similar to traditional shoemaking with a few upgrades when it comes to materials and technique. Over the past decade we’ve taught thousands of total beginners how to make shoes from home and the best part is you don't need any prior knowledge of the industry or any sewing experience!

When shoes are produced in a factory setting there is a lot of heavy-duty, intimidating machinery involved but this is mostly just to speed up mass-production. If you are making your own shoes from home, there is actually very limited equipment needed and it can be done with a small at home kit. Since the world is starting to pay attention to sustainability and becoming more and more against fast-fashion, it’s never been a better time to learn how to make your own shoes in a sustainable and conscious way, whether it’s for producing a small run of shoes to sell or just making shoes for your own personal wear.

So, other than for sustainability reasons why would someone learn how to make their own shoes? Well, lots of people start off their shoemaking journey for different reasons, some reasons to get started include;

- Learn a new skill

- Have the freedom to make and wear your own shoe designs

- Create bespoke fitting shoes 

- Can’t find shoes in the right size, width or to accommodate orthotics

- Start a shoe business and make money as a shoemaker

So what’s the difference between being a shoe designer and a shoe maker? Well, they go hand in hand, as a shoe designer it is very important that you have a basic understanding of how shoes are made even if you don’t ever intend on making the shoes yourself. Understanding how shoes are made will help inform your design decisions and help you to understand what is and isn’t possible in the shoemaking process. Above all else, it will help you be able to communicate with your factory properly.
So with this in mind, every great shoe designer must have basic shoemaking skills. 

So you might be wondering, ‘Ok so how do I become a shoemaker?’ 

The simplest way to get started is to book yourself onto our Online Footwear Masterclass. This course is designed for complete beginners and comes with a free shoemaking starter kit delivered right to your door no matter where you are in the world. (free worldwide shipping included)!

The course covers various shoe styles, including high heels, stilettos, mid heels, derby and oxford style mens shoes as well as zip boots, lace up boots, pull on boots, chelsea boots, sneakers, sandals, patternmaking and a bonus course on how to start your own shoe brand.

I hope this has been helpful and happy shoemaking!