we are passionate about passing on the delight and excitement of such an important and unusual skill. Shoemaking has been described in our culture as a “lost art”.
There are two main techniques for fabricating shoes. One is the Lasted Technique, which translates best toward the manufacturing industry, and the other is the Out-stitch Technique, best used by craftspeople who want to have the independence and flexibility to make shoes from home or in a small shop environment.
In the Beginning Shoemaking Class: Basic Tie Shoe , we teach you how to make a pair of desert boots by hand. The school provides the patterns you will use for leather uppers, midsoles and soles based on your shoe size. You’ll cut out the leather, prepare the materials and stitch the leather uppers to the midsoles, glue those to the soles and then form the upper to the shape and size of your feet. After a few finishing details, you’ll be walking away with a pair of shoes you made yourself that are resoleable and will last for many years. This class is a great start in the art and craft of shoemaking.
For students who want to make shoemaking a profession or to support a sustainable lifestyle, advanced classes are available.