Shoe making courses with I Can Make Shoes
If learning to make shoes makes you think of dusty, dirty workshops packed with old machinery; you’re in for a surprise. I Can Make Shoes have been teaching the tricky but wonderful art of making shoes for a whole decade. Their courses take place in their beautiful studios in East London. They also teach in New York, and online.
In October 2019, they published their book I Can Make Shoes: A Guide to Home Shoemaking. This weighty hardback is an easy-to-follow, attractively illustrated guide to making your own footwear. High heels, flat shoes and sandals all feature in the step-by-step guides along with design, pattern cutting, and leather selection. Did I mention the paper? The high print- and paper quality of this book make it a great gift for yourself or someone you like a lot.
If you’d love to learn to design and create shoes you can actually wear, I Can Make Shoes will show you how. Their lovely founder Amanda believes in making the ancient craft of shoemaking accessible to everyone. It’s easy to book courses, buy gift vouchers, shoemaking supplies and the book online.
The studio is highly Instagrammable, with every detail a delight to any shoe-lover’s eyes. From the lasts, to the leathers, artwork on the walls and even the furniture; everything is carefully considered. I couldn’t stop taking photos when I went to meet Amanda and I Can Makes Shoes’ Studio Manager, Tessa.
I also love their sustainable approach to waste: check out the free scraps in this basket!
If you’ve caught the shoemaking bug, and want to turn your skills into a business, I’d love to help. Supporting start-up shoe brands to achieve their goals is one of my passions. Have a read of my start-up consultancy page, and book your free call. I can’t wait to speak with you.
Making shoes is a complex business. Luckily, there are companies like I Can Make Shoes, and The Shoe Consultant who would love to welcome you into the footwear business.