London Sneaker School is committed to making the manufacture and making of sneakers accessible and transparent. Sneaker's history and contribution to UK culture, and subcultures around the world, is unprecedented. Yet the knowledge, materials and construction of our shoes that we put so much into exists 1000s of miles away on the other side of the world. We believe in bringing this production closer to home we open up new opportunities for creativity and expression by understanding our sneakers on a new level and making our own.
We teach traditional shoemaking techniques, we cut no corners in training people to get to a factory standard. Our processes involves us reverse-engineering footwear mass-manufactured for short term use into patterns suitable for hand-making and long lasting footwear made with premium leathers.
LSS is kitted out with everything you need to make your own sneakers. From the patterns, materials and lasts. To the post-bed sewing, skiving and sanding machines. Based in Stoke Newington in London, LSS is also home to a number of shoemakers. If you're interested in a space at LSS get in touch.
Based in Stoke Newington in London, LSS is also home to a number of shoemakers. If you're interested in a space at LSS get in touch.
Thomas Rowe has over 10 years shoemaking experience, moving from Canada to London in 2009 where he discovered his passion for shoemaking. After working for Slack Shoe makers factory in London Thomas moved away from the factory setting and created his own bespoke shoe making business The Parachute Collective in the Autumn of 2013 where has taught and made for many including London College of Fashion, Pentland, Netflix and Disney. Thomas also performs in a London based band called Mass Datura.
Originally trained as a footwear designer, Jase's design career has moved from industrial design, to graphic design for a variety of UK based record labels, well known sports and fashion brands and tech companies. 3 years ago Jase set out to return to the footwear industry with his own brand Coup by learning to handmake sneakers with Thomas. Coup launched in 2019 and has since exhibited at the British Fashion Council Fashion Week Showrooms and is available at a number of retailers.