Beginner Shoemaking Workshop (4 Day Intensive) | June

Lonsdale Leather School of Shoemaking - By Nina Rozin

Beginner Shoemaking 4 Day Intensive Course 


The beginner shoemaking course is a very comprehensive course that will allow you to learn all aspects of hand made shoemaking from drawing on the shoe last, through developing a pattern, cutting and working with leather, sewing, lasting the shoe, attaching the sole and heel and finishing techniques.


You will be able to craft one of three shoe styles: Oxford, Chelsea, or Pump! Please select your chosen style and shoe size in the drop down menus. 


The class will take place on these dates:

10:00AM - 6:00PM: Thursday June 20th
10:00AM - 6:00PM: Friday June 21st
10:00AM - 6:00PM: Saturday June 22nd
10:00AM - 2:00PM: Sunday June 23rd


What will we learn?

In each lesson we will progress with our own pair of oxford shoes, going through the entire process from pattern to finishes shoes. Through this project each student will gain knowledge and hands on experience in order to continue making shoes and exploring the craft of shoe making on their own or with one of our intermediate or advanced courses.

It is important to understand that the shoemaking profession is very complex and requires the knowledge of several different techniques:

  • Pattern Making- how to choose a shoe last, draw the model and create patterns for each section.
  • Clicking- how to work with leather (or other materials), cut the sections and prepare them for sewing (skiving and folding)
  • Sewing- how to operate different leather sewing machines and achieve clean seams.
  • Lasting- how to pull the sewn model back onto the last.
  • Shoe components- how to measure and prepare: insoles, stiffeners, soles and heels.
  • Finishing- how to clean and finalize the pair of shoes to look fabulous (insert sock lining and leather treatment).

Course outline:

1. Pattern Making-Introduction to the world of shoe lasts, taping and marking the base points on the last, drawing the shoe model.

2. Pattern Making- Peeling the model, developing the patterns – mean form, working standard, upper patterns.

3. Pattern Making- Developing the lining and stiffeners. Choosing leather for the project.

4. Clicking- Understanding leather, placing and cutting the model patterns.

5. Clicking- Preparing the parts of the shoe for sewing – skiving, folding, gluing and adding reinforcing tapes.

6. Closing- Sewing the model – Upper and Lining sewing, the right order and techniques.

7. Closing- Attaching the lining to the upper. Positioning the insole and sewn model onto the last.

8. Lasting- Hand lasting the lining and attaching stiffeners (toe and counter).

9. Lasting- Hand lasting the upper, sanding and preparing for sole attachment.

10. Finishing- Attaching the sole and heel, cleaning techniques and inserting the insock.

Time to walk home with your new pair of hand made shoes!


Who is it suitable for?

For anyone who wants to learn how to make handmade shoes - no prior knowledge is required.

Students with previous experience in shoemaking can enjoy this course while completing a more complicated version of their prior shoe.


About Nina Rozin.

I am Nina Rozin, shoe designer, shoemaker and teacher for over 20 years.

A little about me:

  • I have a degree in design and technology for the footwear industry from the famous college: CORDWAINERS AT LONDON COLLEGE OF FASHION.

  • In 2002 I was accepted as a member of THE GUILD OF MASTER CRAFTSMEN in England

  • I worked as a last maker for the prestigious shoe company JOHN LOBB THE BOOTMAKER in London, where I even repaired shoes for Prince Charles.

  • For about two years I worked in a crazy studio in London where we created unconventional shoes for fashion shows for LONDON FASHION WEEK.

  • In 2003 I worked in stunning Venice, Italy, as an assistant shoe maker in a unique boutique offering custom shoes for art and fashion. My work took me to Florence, Bologna and Milan.

  • In 2005 I established my studio offering design, development and consulting for shoe companies, in Tel Aviv, Israel.

  • In 2007 I established “The Guild” school of footwear and accessory design. I held my position as a professional manager (developing study programs, teaching, community management, professional guidance and content) until 2018.

  • In 2016 I established a professional consultancy agency “FASHION SOLUTIONS” which provides solutions for companies in the fashion industry (small to medium). I also expanded to providing services to hi-tech companies whose products are aimed at the fashion market.

  • One of my greatest loves, all these years, is to create shoes and leather accessories with my own hands. There is no substitute for touching the material.

  • In 2018 I decided to open my own private workshops and teach everything I know. My shoemaking courses travel the world and I collaborate with various studios in teaching the craft. My courses are a combination of traditional work with a modern shoemaking approach.


  1. Pattern Paper
  2. Leather, thread, eyelets, laces, soles, insoles and all other materials for shoes
  3. Lasts to BORROW (also available for purchase)
  4. All tools will be supplied, to be used at the studio (also available for purchase)

If you would like to purchase all the tools used in this course, click HERE.

Reach out with any questions and our team will be happy to help!




Admin Fee:

There is a non-refundable $120 admin fee for all shoemaking workshops. This helps us cover the cost of charges accrued from cancellations. 


 Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations or rescheduling must be made at least 14 days in advance. Refunds will not be given if cancellation or rescheduling happens within that window.

Sick Policy:

In the case of a student becoming sick for this course, please get in touch with us as soon as possible, and our instructor will get in contact with you to figure out an alternative make-up session.


Rescheduling Policy:

If you need to reschedule, please email us no sooner than 14 days prior to the start of the course. Rescheduling may not be possible if notice is not given at least 2 weeks out.

Age Policy:

Participants must be 15 years of age or older to take this class.


 - By signing up for L.L. workshops you acknowledge that you've read and understand the above policies. 

Thank you for your understanding and we so look forwarding to teaching you the art of footwear design and shoe making!


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