Screen Shot 2013-01-02 at 15.11.04Hello and thank you for your interest Shoes & Craft, a blog about handmade shoes. I am Marcell Mrsan, master shoemaker and owner of Koronya. Koronya is a family name from my mother’s side and has been our family-owned leather goods business for numerous generations. More recently we focus on producing handmade shoes of the highest quality. Inheriting a family business is something I consider to be a great responsibility. I must not only continue the proud tradition started before me, but carry these traditions and techniques into modern times to create beautiful products for today’s demanding customer.

As a master shoemaker, my goal is to make the perfect shoe possible. Nothing less will suffice. Not only do I want to make my family proud, but exceed my customer’s demands.

It is also very important to me that I help preserve the craft of shoemaking. We don’t live forever. I don’t want the secrets and techniques I have acquired to go with me to the grave. That would be selfish and is something too many shoemakers have done. The craft must survive and this is why I teach. I teach all aspects of shoemaking and accessory design in my workshop in Savannah, Georgia (USA). Teaching is definitely not as profitable as making bespoke shoes — trust me — but some things you cannot put a financial value on.

If you enjoy my blog and are interested in learning the craft, I recommend you checking out my other websites:

Shoemaking Courses Offered: 

ECommerce for Tools & DVDs:






Behance Portfolio: 

And if you are interested in purchasing handmade shoes, please check out my website:


Thank you and please enjoy the blog!

**Please note: I am not accepting any additional apprentices at this time, but am available for private courses, upon request. If you are interested in a private course, please contact me at Otherwise, you may consider one of my workshop classes offered at Thank you.**

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  1. Hello Marcell!
    For a long time looking for your work. Thank you for this valuable opportunity!

    Please, where buy metal toe plates? In the Internet or delivery of the world.

    Thank you in advance for your reply.
    Happy holidays!

      1. I apologize for the obsession, but maybe you know some online stores where i could buy them or e-mail adress of a specific store? I am in Russia, and here, unfortunately, nowhere to buy them. And in the Internet I could not find such proposals, in fact, your knowledge – the last hope.

  2. What you are doing is fantastic and very admirable. I and some friends are interested in your intern program. However, the dates will be difficult for us this year. Is it possible to have private instruction for only our group? Thank you and look forward to hearing from you.

    Hello from Vancouver, BC.
    I just had a pleasure to find your videos on YouTube and found myself breathless and still – looking at Mastery in motion.
    Your shoes are pieces of art, and I am simply writing to let you know that I appreciate them for what they are, and you for a great Master that you are.
    Thank you for sharing your gift.
    Thank you!

  4. Hi , I’m a italianshoemaker, I see the your blog and Ilike to cnow where I can search the tools , edge iron , weist iron ………….. for finishing shoes, I look the web site but they do not send me a pictures , send me only the prices,and I don’t know how many tipes of tools have.

    sorry for my english.

    let me know please

    Riccardo bestetti

  5. Do you have any advice for someone looking for a pair of custom-made boots? I have wide feet, wide calves, but narrow ankles and prefer perfectly flat shoes; this combination means I’ve never had a pair that truly fit. Seems like custom is the only way to go! I’m hoping to pay someone to make them for me, but am also considering making them myself if one of your courses would work for that.

    I’d be grateful for any ideas!

    1. I would suggest to order one. On the road learning this, you will spend way more than the price of 5-10 pairs. But if you would like to learn it… you are welcome in my summer courses!

  6. Hi Marcel, I am so happy to know you are in Savannah! I would love to know
    if you are offering any courses outside SCAD this summer. Hope you enjoy
    Savannah as much as we have the times we have been there.

  7. Hi there!

    I just wanted to know what courses you have available and their fees for classes in Hungary. how does one be an apprentice in your shop in Budapest?

    thanks you for your time

  8. Hi,
    Great blog! I would like to give my husband a pair of custom made shoes, would that be possible and where are you located?

  9. Hi Marcel – I like your blog and your videos on YouTube are wonderful – thank you for sharing your craft.

  10. Hello Marcell!

    I am writing from Australia and am interested to find a shoemaker here, is there anyone you could recomend?

    Hannah 🙂

  11. Hi Marcell,

    Could you please let me know which countries you are planning to have the courses for 2014? Do you provide course for women’s shoe making also?

    Thank you

  12. Good morning to all of the forums … I do my biggest compliments to the master Marcell for his skills and meticulousness in his own work. .But not only: his dedication to teach his knowledge is remarkable.
    Indeed it’s a long time since I follow his tutorials , the tips, the forums, the videos ..and I must tell you that I was really passionate about.
    My name is Fabio and I’m Italian . For nearly 18 years working in the footwear field and , ignoring the details, unfortunately I have to tell you that the situation in Italy , politics , government and the actual state of economy , is really tragic .

    That’s why i’m here to write looking for someone, a person who, over the ocean , is passionate as I am in making shoes , as Mr marcell and have desire and determination to create something unique and get involved.
    I am attaching a few links of my creations and my e-mail address . Anyone interested can come forward and we can discuss it freely.

    Best regards and
    Thank you.

  13. Sunt din romania si cum pot invata sa produc incaltaminte de calitate mai intai cred ca trebuie sa invat sa fac tipare ?

  14. Hi, I am Kare Länsivuori from Finland and I would like to know if there is the possibility to come as an apprentice, to work and learn with you. I could send to you more informations about me and my work. I hope to hear from you. Kare

    1. If you look for an apprentice course – I will post it right here, whenever I know the next time I have it. I don’t do long apprenticeships now.

  15. I run a footwear consultancy company in Los Angeles and work with manufacturer’s here in the US as well as in China and Italy. I saw your post on starting a shoe brand and would love to connect with you ~ I help people bring their designs to life in a realistic capacity and perhaps we would be able to benefit mutually from referrals between the two of us ~ ~

      1. I have a vacation coming up, and want to use the opportunity to broaden my knowledge in shoemaking. I know only how to make flats and wish to learn how to make heel.
        I wish to know if you offer apprenticeship program and how much it’s going to cost.
        Best regards

      2. I will announce the courses ahead (although you need to hurry to register – those are full in hours usually). Long term apprenticeship – not yet. I have one apprentice now so I don’t plan to have more.

  16. Hi
    I just found your website through Instagram. I’m a trained footwear designer and did my degree in footwear design. Where are you based? My love lies in bespoke and handmade footwear but hate the fact the industry doesn’t appreciate it and the uk handmade industry barely exsists now. X

  17. Hi there! I was just wondering if you do apprenticeships, and if so, how much does your course cost? Also, where are you located? I’m sure you have this information somewhere, but I’m terrible with technology and haven’t been able to find it.
    Thank you so much,

  18. please were are from,i have always want to learn how to make shoes just like u are doing,so how much will it cost me to learn this shoe making, thank u.

  19. Hi I need someone who can make one pair of sneakers and heels for me that I personally designed and you make them is that possible?

  20. I am a huge fan of your work and I know you are a very busy man but can you recommend a couple of sewing machine models for making uppers? Thank you!

  21. Hi Marcell, I am very interested in taking a course this coming year, will you be offering courses in the 2017 summer? Thanks!

  22. Top of the day Marcell. I hope you weren’t affected by Hurricane Irma. Two questions:
    1. When will you produce a pattern making DVD?
    2. When will you have another opening for a pattern making course?


  23. Hello Marcel,

    Great insides you do offer here:).

    I have a difficulty in finding a tool, all I could find is in old catalogues from tool companies which today are defunct.
    I am looking for a tool to cut a flap (channel) about 1 cm in the leather outsole to cover the stitches.

    An example of a machine used for this job:

    I really appreciate your help.


  24. Hey there, just found out about this blog, i’ve been hungry to get myself into shoe crafting for the past 5 years but there is only one school around here that teaches us how to… This is probably my main chance to learn the craft, thanks a lot 🙂

  25. Hello. Im am interested in making a pair of childrens saddle shoes for an art project I’m working on in my MFA program and I would like to know if you have an oxford pattern I could start with?
    Thank you.

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