Fabulous Shoes: Shoe Making Workshop for Beginners
Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 9:30 PM - Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 12:30 PM (EDT)
Have you ever thought about making your own shoes but didn’t know where to start?
You’ll walk out if this class in a new pair of shoes of your own design!
When: Five Saturday mornings beginning Saturday, October 15th
9:30a.m.-12:30p.m. (donuts and coffee provided)
Where: Studio Crossings 14 Spring Street
Waltham, MA 02451 (accessible via commuter-rail and bus)
Cost: $250 Tuition $100 all inclusive material fee ($350 total due at registration).
Studio Crossings members receive %15 off.
Shoes that fit like they were made for you, because they were!
How: To build a shoe perfectly tailored to you, we'll need to begin with a model of your foot.
We'll take a cast of your feet the first day, and turn it into a wooden model called a shoe "last".
A custom shoe last will ensure that your shoes will be a perfect fit, even for problem feet.
What's even better is that the shoe lasts are yours too keep so you can continue to make shoes
well into the future. A pair of custom shoe lasts typically cost a minimum of $150, but members
of this class will get the lasts at no extra charge.
Why: To Discover the joy of designing and crafting your own shoe.
Imagine being able to make a shoe look exactly the way you want. From selecting the materials,
to the height of the heel and the shape of the toe, your shoe will be your own design.
For students looking to get into the field of shoe design, this class will be an introduction to
designing a pattern on a shoe "last". And for students looking to make special occasion shoes,
this course will teach you how to source materials and create a one-of- a –kind formal classic
pump that will look as good as a the professionals make.
This is a hands-on and action packed class, so we'll begin by designing our shoes and developing
our pattern on week one, and will be building our shoes starting week two. Because of the
fast pace of the class, we will focus on pumps. The skills you learn will enable you to to make
sandals, strappy and more.
Crafting your shoes.
You will learn to identify the parts of the shoe, and will begin sewing the "uppers", leather
crafting the toe and "counters", and "lasting" the uppers--the technique of pulling the
uppers over the last and securing to the sole material. This technique is a traditional, standard
and respected method of shoemaking. If you plan to continue onto men's shoemaking, the
women's technique is a good introduction to general lasting. We will finish our shoes by making
the heel, or attaching a supplied heel depending on the design of the shoe. We will also cover
leather finishing, dyeing, and edging techniques.
Getting ready to make shoes on your own.
We will supply you with all the materials you need for the class, you will not need to bring
anything but your creative spirit. You will also be able to use our tools during the class. If you
would like to purchase your own set of tools, discounted kits will be available to class members
as well as information about how to get additional sets of shoe lasts and shoemaking material.
All students will receive a certificate of completion for the course.
-Understanding Shoe Lasts
-Taking a plaster mold of your feet.
-Designing the shape and height of your shoe.
-Sketching your shoe design.
-Deciding on shoe material.
-Drawing our pattern on our shoe lasts.
-Cutting our soles out of leather.
-Tracing our pattern onto material.
-Cutting and sewing the shoe uppers.
-Cutting the counters and toe puff out of leather.
-Sizing our insoles.
-Sizing our insoles
-Leather working tools and techniques.
-An overview of lasting tools and supplies.
-Forming the counter and toe box.
-Lasting our uppers and assembling the shoes.
-A review of different heel techniques.
-Forming our heels.
-Attaching our heels and taps.
-Edging our soles.
-Polishing and Finishing the shoe.
-Shoemaking supply lists and other resources.
When & Where
Sixsmith Workshop (6smith)
Sixsmith & Company makes shoes, provides resources to other shoemakers, and works with fashion designers to provide prototoytpes of their designs.