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Shoes and Craft

A shoemaker's blog about shoemaking

We are thrilled to announce the schedule for the 2016 Summer Courses here, in our Koronya workshop in Savannah, Georgia. We will be offering a variety of courses aimed to expand your shoemaking knowledge whether you’re an experience maker or just starting out. Please make sure to check back for updates! We’ll be announcing new courses continuously!

To register, send us an email to info(at)shoemakingcourse.com!

Skill Course
for beginners and footwear industry professionals

June 7-11 (5 days)

If you’re at the beginning of your shoemaking journey, you’ll soon realize just how many facets of the craft there are and every single one of them require different sets of skills. Or you might be a professional working in the footwear industry with extensive experience in your particular field and you’re interested in knowing more about the other stages of footwear making.

The Skill Course offers a comprehensive overlook of the process and the techniques involved in the handmade shoe making from design to the finished product.

Curriculum:

Design
Pattern making
Upper making
Handmade shoe making techniques
Materials
Footwear industry vocabulary
+ Making of a sandal

Participants will be doing plenty hands-on experiments, and will be shown demos and given detailed presentations. At the end of the course, all participants will leave with a sandal that they made.

Stitched-down construction
for all levels

June 12-16 (5 days)

The stitched-down technique is a great introduction to hand-stitching in shoe making. A versatile construction, it is one of the most popular choice for makers of all levels. All hands-on, intensive learning experience, with demos on design and pattern making. By the end of the course, you will have a pair of handmade shoes.

If you register by May 15th, you’ll be able to choose men’s or women’s last in the size you prefer.

English welted construction

for experienced makers

July 4-14 (10 days + 1 day rest)

The welted construction is a must in anyone’s shoe making journey. If you have already made a couple pairs of shoes, you should consider trying your hands at the welted technique. The English welted construction is an elegant and classic choice for men’s or women’s dress shoes. All hands-on, all stages are made by the participants which makes this course intensive and challenging. Demos of design and pattern making will also be included in the curriculum.

If you register by June 6th, you’ll be able to choose men’s or women’s last in the size you prefer.

Cemented construction

for beginners

July 21-25 (5 days)

The cemented construction is an universal technique used in the footwear making industry. We’ll show the participants the handmade way of making a pair of cemented shoes. All hands-on, intensive learning experience, with demos on design and pattern making. By the end of the course, you will have a pair of handmade shoes.

If you register by June 20th, you’ll be able to choose men’s or women’s high heel last in the size you prefer.

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