Two-Day Beginners Shoemaking, Berkeley, USA

Duration: 14 hours
Class times: 10am - 6pm
Course tutor: Melissa Needham
Booking procedure: Click the course date at the bottom of the page to put the course into your shopping basket, then follow the steps indicated to complete payment to guarantee a space.

Prescott & Mackay runs the Two-Day Beginners Shoemaking Course in Berkeley, USA as a satellite to the London course. We have been traveling to the States for the last 10 years. Shoemaking in the US is always such a pleasure to teach, with great enthusiasm from all of our students who have traveled from as far as Georgia, Ohio and Ontario, Canada to learn the art and craft of shoemaking. Students vary from keen hobbyists to serious business professionals, looking to enter or further a career in the footwear industry.

This two-day shoemaking course is aimed at newcomers to shoemaking, looking to learn the basics. You will study the fundamental techniques of shoemaking allowing you to complete a pair of ladies mules by the end of the session. No better way to dip your toe in and find out if shoemaking is right for you.

Shoemaking patterns are provided and the emphasis is on the making rather than design. You will leave with a much better understanding of what shoemaking entails.

The course price includes specialist shoe components and the use of tools. Shoe lasts are provided for use in the class. You will work with a square-toe, 2 inch heel last.

Things you need to bring with you

  • Material that you wish to use for your shoe uppers, either a lightweight leather skin such as pig, calf or goat, or ½ meter of fabric which should not be too stiff or too transparent.
  • Please click the Useful Links to view the US supplier list for leather and fabric
  • Sharp fabric scissors
  • Notebook and pen
  • Any trimmings you wish to use i.e. ribbon or feathers and lining material if you have a specific lining in mind

You can find here a women size chart for UK, US and EU shoe sizes. In the unlikely case that the shoe size requested is not available, we will provide you with the nearest available size last and components to the one requested.

No previous shoemaking experience is necessary. Class maximum: 8 students.

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Prescott & Mackay in the US Press: Last year LA Fashion wrote about our courses and this year we gave away a place with SF Weekly. Would you like to create your own label? Have a look this article where one of our Berkeley students told us how she made her footwear dreams come true.

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