Many styles of sandals will be available to customize for yourself during this class. A variety of soling and strap designs will be explored and students will create a pair of sandals with a wide selection of hardware and leathers. You will learn how to create and install straps, attach buckles or other closures and decorate with the findings and hardware available. You’ll be able to wear your sandals home after class. Check out our gallery of photos on facebook. Only 6 students per class.
You will learn how to make a pair of desert boots by hand. The school provides patterns for you based on your feet measurements for a custom fit. These patterns are used to create leather uppers, midsoles and soles for the shoes. 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. After a few finishing details, you’ll be taking home a pair of shoes you made yourself. Includes upper leather (8 color choices), midsole leather, insole pad, thread, glue, eyelets, rivets, shoelaces, sole material, patterns, 2 full days of instruction and use of tools on site.
Looking for folks to help out at the Chicago School of Shoemaking Booth–Renegade Craft Show. We’ve got a workshop booth and will be helping people make something cool out of leather and hardware during the show. Wanna come and play? Perks offered!
Show is September 8-9 hours 11-7pm 2-3 hour shifts
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Katie Hastert may have found a new calling. She was a model student in her first class at the Chicago School of Shoemaking and has now signed up for the Intermediate Shoemaking Class. We’re excited to see her next pair of shoes–of her own design.
As you know–not only are we teaching at the school but making shoes for all ages of people and sizes of feet. Yesterday, one of my younger customers came in to pick up his new shoes at the studio.
I also began a conversation with a much admired colleague in Massachusetts to come to the school as a guest teacher–perhaps as early as this fall. Here’s some of her work. El Diablo Handmade Shoes. I love her styling and the traditional lasting technique she uses allows for some very refined shoes and boots.
Our (next!) “15 minutes of fame” is scheduled for tonight on the CBS channel 2 news show at 10 o’clock. How fun is that!!! Tim, Meg and James joined Sara and the CBS crew at the school for an in depth interview about making shoes and the Future Cobblers of America–hmmm the FCA. Time to start a new club. :))
“In the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes.” Andy Warhol. -
On Sunday the 15th from 12-5pm, The Chicago School of Shoemaking will be at the ReBuilding Exchange showing an array of Shoemaking tools and processes for the DIY Fair. Now people who’ve always dreamed about making their own shoes can make this a reality at the school.
Please come visit us and see people displaying amazing skills of sustainability and conscious living.
On another note:
There’s something magical about shoemaking. How many of you know the story of the Shoemaker and the Elves?
We’re not only training shoemakers at the school. We’re creating excitement about art and design and edgy decorations on leather. We’re teaching the qualities of leather and how it can be formed. We’re introducing new tools and how to use them. We’re refining skills and having fun. Come by and see us–Sign up for a class. Soon we’ll be posting a Sandalmaking class–now that’s exciting!