Five-Day Intensive Shoemaking Course

Event has passed (Mon Oct 28, 2013 - Fri Nov 1, 2013)
4th Street Fine Art
10am to 6pm
Clothes and Accessories, Clothing Designer, Fashion School


Prescott & Mackay runs the Five-Day Intensive 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.

This course is aimed at beginners and improvers looking to gain knowledge and learn specific techniques over a short, intense period of time.

Course Outline:

Day 1: Materials and Design. Brief identification and understanding of the material types and end uses of leather for upper and lining, insoles, seat pads, shankboards, shanks, socks, toe puffs, stiffeners, fastening systems, zips, touch and close, laces, etc. Start working from the last. The emphasis is on construction but, depending on individual ability and skill level, it may be possible for students to interpret their own design ideas. The tutor will discuss this with each student on day 1 and 2.

Day 2: Pattern Cutting. Understanding the pattern cutting process for a full pair of ladies shoes, including: cover the last, flatten shell, pattern cutting, mean form, allowances, grading patterns.

Day 3: Closing. Prepare the shoe upper, including cutting pattern pieces and stitching upper pieces together. Machinery used.

Day 4/5: Making the Shoe. Basic understanding of the whole shoemaking process. The handmade process from lasting to making and finishing. Machinery used.

Learning Outcome:

Students will be able to identify the main materials and components used for shoemaking and demonstrate an understanding of the whole shoemaking process with the aim of completing a pair of fully-closed shoes by the end of the session.


  1. 4th Street Fine Art 2000 4th Street, Berkeley, CA