SHOEMAKING WORKSHOP - Jurga's Asymmetrical Sandals

SHOEMAKING WORKSHOP - Jurga's Asymmetrical Sandals

Jurga's Asymmetrical Sandals

In April, Jurga joined our 3-Day Shoemaking Workshop in London, where she crafted a pair of asymmetrical sandals with beige lizard effect leather. Our 3-Day Shoemaking Workshop is designed for both beginners and seasoned shoemakers alike.

Day 1: Introduction to Shoemaking

Our shoemaking workshop kicks off with an in-depth introduction to the art of shoemaking and shoe components. The students start by selecting their leather colours, with Jurga opting for a beige lizard effect leather for her sandals. Key techniques such as closing—sewing the leather pieces together to form shoe uppers—are covered, alongside the preparation of insoles, patterns, and lasts.

Day 2: Shaping the Uppers

Under expert guidance, day 2 focuses on shaping the shoe uppers over shoemaking lasts (shoe blocks), known as 'lasting'. As Jurga opted to do a sandal style, her lasting process was a little easier as she didn't need to include any stiffeners. When making sandals, you can either choose to last your shoe over a last, or you can last it directly over your foot. 

Day 3: Final Assembly

The last day is all about putting the pieces together and adding those special final touches. Jurga glued the soles onto her shoes leaving space to drill and screw in the heels for a perfect finish. She then tried them on to make sure they fit her perfectly. 

Here's what Jurga had to say about her experience:

“With the help of two shoe fairies – Amanda and Kate, I managed to make my first pair of shoes. Amanda managed to dissect and make the sophisticated shoe-making process understandable and manageable. And it was really fun! Thank you both!”

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The 3-Day Shoemaking Workshop is designed for complete beginners, and teaches the step-by-step process of making a shoe from start to finish. We maintain small class sizes to ensure personalised attention from our dedicated instructors. Each day builds on the previous one, guiding participants from selecting materials to the final assembly of their shoes. The course offers over 15 shoe styles to choose from, allowing for a diverse learning experience.

For those interested in shoemaking, this workshop offers a structured, supportive environment to learn and create.