Karol Oyanader
I always dreamt about making shoes but never expected that it would be so much fun and challenging. I enjoyed every hour of the 10 day course, the teachers are super knowledgeable and always willing to provide the best advice and to help you achieve your design in the simplest way possible. This experience has been unique and formidable I will praise it forever!!

10 Day Footwear Masterclass Program


*Due to Covid-19 restrictions in the UK we are running limited courses at the moment. If you would like to be put on a waiting list for this course, please email us at info@icanmakeshoes.com

Over this 10-day intensive course, students will design and make a collection of 4 - 6 pairs of shoes. We teach accessible methods of shoemaking within the course, meaning that you will learn the skills to make shoes from home with limited equipment and no heavy-duty machinery.

There is also an element of theory in this course, ensuring students know how the industry works and the best practices for getting started.

This course also comes with free unlimited access to the Online Footwear Masterclass (not including kit).

*Please note that we operate a strict no refund policy but if any courses have to be postponed please rest assured that we can have you along at a later date that works for you.

See the full course breakdown below.

10 days: Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm.
  • 10 days: Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm.
  • London
  • Included
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Here is what will be covered in this 10 day intensive course: 

Day One:
  • Footwear components and construction overview
  • Design
  • Factory specification sheet
  • Material selection
  • Collection assessment and design refinement
Day Two:
  • Pattern Making for the full collection (This is one of the most important aspects of footwear design, especially when dealing with factories).
Day Three:
  • Construction of uppers
Day Four:
  • Construction of uppers continued
  • Preparation of insoles
  • Lasting Lining for 2 - 4 pairs
Day Five:
  • Stiffeners for 2 - 4 pairs
  • Lasting Uppers for 2 - 4 pairs
Day Six:
  • Attaching soles and heels for 2 - 4 pairs
  • Insole socks and memory foam insoles for 2 - 4 pairs
  • Finishing touches on 2 - 4 pairs
Day Seven, Eight, Nine & Ten
  • Repeat all shoemaking steps for additional pairs of shoes or boots.
There is also an element of theory in this course, ensuring students know how the industry works, including;
  • Footwear terminology
  • 3D Design
  • Pattern making
  • Footwear materials and supplies
  • Choosing the best leathers for your design
  • Factory procedures & international factory contact list.
  • Sampling procedures
Course Certificate and Letter of Recommendation available upon request.
All of the materials are included in the price, however if you have something special you would like to use feel free to bring it along with you. We use the highest quality leather, with a range of colours to choose from. We also have vegan alternatives including Piñatex available. If you are vegan please let us know beforehand so we are suitably prepared.For a full list of supplies, view our suppliers list
Our studio is located a short walk from Bethnal Green underground station in East London. The Pill Box Studios is a hub for all things creative, including shoe making! The closest hotels in the area are Travelodge (1 min walk away, cheap and cheerful) and The East London Hotel (5 min walk away, a more boutique stay). There are cafe options for lunch nearby including Carmel by the Green, Second Shot Coffee, Starbucks and Sainsbury's as well as The Pill Box cafe.The Pill Box Studios,Unit G05, 115 Coventry Road,Bethnal Green,London E2 6GGPhone:+44 (0)207 183 4174