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Our shoe design course has had a major refresh and is more amazing than ever.

We’ve extended the time frame and now include more drawing techniques, tips for getting your proportions right and how to do a factory ready spec sheet.

This is the perfect course for anyone thinking of starting a career or hobby in shoe design.

During this one day shoe design course we will teach you how to design footwear from both a creative and technical point of view. This course is suitable for beginners and is super friendly to those who don’t feel like they are naturally “good at drawing”.

Using our templates and simple techniques we will teach you how to become a skilled footwear designer and how to communicate your ideas visually on paper.

This is a hands on course, each student will leave with their finished designs, a basic footwear pattern with measurements and notes, the full range of design templates and the factory spec sheet template. In addition to this we also provide each student with contact details for a shoe design agency for further career progression.

Here’s what will be covered in the course:
Parts of a shoe - explanation and demonstration
3D designing on a shoemaking last (block)
Basic pattern-making skills
Footwear design templates - explanation, demonstration & examples
Drawing shoes - techniques, tips and tricks
Student design time - with teacher assistance and advice
How to prepare a shoe design into a factory ready spec sheet

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What you need

Equipment: Just bring yourself! All supplies will be provided.

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Next class

Saturday 27 April at 10:00 to 16:00

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Cancellation Policy

You may cancel this booking up to 24 hours in advance.

Wheelchair Accessible

This experience is wheelchair accessible. In order to be wheelchair accessible, all of the following criteria must be met.

Please note that the host is responible for ensuring that the criteria above has been met.

Did you know?

There is an Old Icelandic tale which claims the Yule Cat will eat you if you arent lucky enough to receive new clothes on Christmas Day.

Find your way there

115 Coventry Road, London, United Kingdom

Ratings & Reviews

5 ( 1)

Introduction to Shoe Design

I absolutely loved it and had so much fun. Everything was broken down into steps and it made the task of making shoes from home feel so much more achievable. Im now busy buying materials so I can do just that. Thank you for such a great weekend!

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The Host

After studying traditional footwear in Australia, Amanda wanted to bring the shoemaking craft to the 'made at home' space. In 2010, she launched I CAN MAKE SHOES, a private shoe making school in London utilising techniques that requires no heavy machinery and has complete beginners making their own shoes from their kitchen tables in no time at all.

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