Handmade Shoes

This shoe making course teaches you all the processes from start to finish. You will make a simple pair of slingback heeled or flat shoes, in your size, guided by shoe designer Hetty Rose. Hettys signature style of recycling vintage Japanese kimono fabrics will be available for you to create shoes that are truly unique or bring your own fabric for a really special pair of shoes handmade by you.

Who is this course for

This course is for those interested in find out the basics of how shoes are made and how to create your own unique pair of shoes. You do not need any experience but knowledge of using a sewing machine will be helpful for the stitching processes.

When you enrol, you will need to inform us of the size of shoe that you intend to make.

What does this course cover

This shoe making course will teach you all the processes from start to finish when making a simple pair of slingback heeled shoes, in your size, all guided by bespoke shoe designer Hetty Rose. Hetty's signature style of recycling vintage Japanese kimono fabrics will be available for you to choose your fabric for your shoes to create something truly unique and completely hand made.

Course content:
Students will be given an introduction & brief background to the designer with information on how the business was created and the inspirations behind the designs with examples.

Shoe Making Workshop, the first stages of the shoe making workshop will be based on creating a simple sling-back shoe. The students will create use the pre-made patterns to cut their chosen upper fabric & linings in preparation for closing (stitching) with folding edge techniques. They will also prepare their insoles (binding and forepart covering).

The next stage of the making will include the closing (stitching) of the upper to the lining. The students will be guided through each stage, the designer will give examples and discuss each stages importance in creating shoes.
After completion the uppers are ready to be moulded into a shoe shape. Students will begin the lasting process with assistance from Hetty Rose. When completed, students will forepart fill the base and prepare the other components for the next stages.

The final stage in the workshop will include attaching the sole and choosing their heels. Other topics covered are heel covering and attaching, then the finishing stages including the sock making inside the shoe and checking over the quality of the shoe to finish.

What will it be like

Examples will be shown by the designer to explain the various processes. Assistance will be given at every stage with time for questions and understanding the processes. We move onto each stage together with support given to each student individually and as a group.

What else do you need to buy or do

Just bring an apron! I will need to know shoe sizes prior to the course.

What this course could lead to

People can go on to make more shoes with their new basic shoe making knowledge. I can provide supplier information so people can practice making their own shoes at home with the correct components, tools and materials.
This is an ideal course to study if people are thinking of completing a longer footwear course, as a taster to see if they enjoy the processes.

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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’