3 Day Intensive Shoe Making Course


*Due to Covid-19 restrictions in the UK we are running limited courses at the moment. As the restrictions can change week by week in the UK we will be scheduling in course dates at short notice when we have more confidence that they will go ahead. If you would like to be put on a waiting list for this course, please email us at info@icanmakeshoes.com

*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.

Design and make your own shoes during our 3 day intensive shoe making course. This course is suitable for both mens and womens shoes and includes notes, tuition and all materials needed to make your shoes. In this workshop you will learn how to make a pair of shoes from start to finish, meaning that once you finish the course, you can gather a few supplies and get started from home. No heavy machinery or specialist equipment needed.

This course is a popular choice for those who are considering a career move into fashion / footwear but want to test the water before jumping in the deep end. Also a great choice for people who have difficulty finding the right shoes.

Please let us know in advance if you would like to use vegan materials on the course.

*Please note this course does not include the D’orsay style where there is a separate enclosed back section. This is style is not suitable for beginners or achievable within the time frame.

See below for a full course breakdown.



3 days: 10am - 4pm


: £625

  • 3 days: 10am - 4pm
  • London
  • Materials included
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Here is what will be covered in this 3 day course: Day One:
  • Footwear Components
  • Design
  • Pattern Making (This is one of the most important aspects of footwear design, especially when dealing with factories)
  • Construction of uppers
Day Two:
  • Construction of uppers cont..
  • Preparation of insoles and heels
  • Lasting Lining
  • Stiffeners
  • Lasting Uppers
Day Three:
  • Lasting Uppers cont..
  • Sole patterns and sole attachment
  • Attaching heels
  • Insole socks and memory foam insoles
  • Finishing touches.
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 6GG Phone:+44 (0)207 183 4174