LEARN
TO MAKE
SNEAKERS

Shoemaking
Workshops

Learn how to make shoes by constructing the classics
  • Intensive 5 day workshop suitable for all levels
  • Expert traditional cordwainer tuition — over 15 years shoemaking experience
  • Unlock the industry methods to hand make your own sneakers

WORKSHOP
SYLLABUS
BREAKDOWN

Learn more about LSS Shoemaking Workshops with our PDF breakdown— includes workshop schedule and full workshop syllabus

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Workshop
Breakdown

Sign up to download a course breakdown of what you'll learn throughout the workshop. The PDF will be sent to your email.

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YOUR 
WORKSHOP

Suitable for all skill levels including beginners
Instalment payments available
Expert shoemaking tuition
1 teacher for every 3 students

What You Get

1
5 days expert shoemaking tuition with 15 years shoemaking and footwear design experience
2
hand made pair of sneakers you make from scratch throughout the week
3
All materials included — a wide range of premium leathers to choose from
4
free pair of lasts and patterns to take home
5
Practise upper — we spend the first day on you can refine those skills
6
Information pack listing all tool and material suppliers we use
7
Shoemaking support after the workshop through our Discord Alumni channel
8
Lunch provided everyday from our favourite Hackney spots
Matt Soczywko
I've never sewn, I've never 'clicked' (cut) leather, I've never lasted. The teaching was so hands-on, so detailed and supportive, I was able to emerge with a great pair of shoes from scratch.
Damon Ma
Couldn’t have done this without the chaps at LSS. They were knowledgeable, experienced and most importantly been very approachable throughout.⁠ I would recommend it to anyone interested in making their own sneakers.⁠
Danny Hillman
Made these from scratch. I had never cut leather or used a sewing machine before this so I’m extremely happy with my first reconstruction. Can’t Incredible teaching and hospitality by the LSS team. I would highly recommend it to anyone that wants to get involved in this craft. What a week!

FAQ

Are the courses suitable for beginners?

We cater for all skillsets. We will have plenty of time for practice and get you to point where you will feel confident with the process.

What leathers do you have? Can I bring my own?

We have a wide range of materials for you to pick from. You're welcome to source your own leathers and bring them with you. With footwear you can use a lot of different types of materials but some work better than others, for leather please ensure it isn’t too thin or soft/large. It needs to be between 1mm-1.4mm. Cow or horse hides works best. If you want to use fabric or synthetic material it will need a heavier cotton driller backer ironed on. If in doubt bring it with you and we'll take a look.

What do I need?

We'll provide everything you'll need on the day. Have a think about your design — on enrolling we'll be in touch to see what you had in mind. We provide all leather, but if you'd like to something you've found yourself you're welcome to.

Shoemaking is a craft and requires skill and patience, all we ask is you bring a positive attitude to learning and we'll help you with the rest.

Can I pay in installments?

Yes. We're flexible as long as all workshop fees are paid before the workshop starts. If you'd like to setup a recurring payment running up to your course please get in touch.

I can't make the workshop date, when is the next workshop?

If you can't make the date of the course then get in touch. We're always adding new courses and happy to give you a heads up on future dates.

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QUESTIONS

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SEIZE
THE
MEANS

At LSS we teach you the in's-and-out's of shoemaking by handmaking the classics. Based in Hackney, our goal is to equip our students with the skills, resources and community to go forward to build their own brands, reconstructions and customs.

We teach traditional shoemaking techniques and take no shortcuts. You'll learn the difference in techniques between a hand made vs mass-manufactured — with your strong shoemaking foundation you will be able to go on and make more pairs.

Our goal is to making shoemaking more accessible. We believe when you bring the means of production closer to the culture interesting and exciting opportunities open up.

WORKSHOP
SYLLABUS
BREAKDOWN

Learn more about LSS Shoemaking Workshops with our PDF breakdown— includes workshop schedule and full workshop syllabus

Download
Workshop
Breakdown

Sign up to download a course breakdown of what you'll learn throughout the workshop. The PDF will be sent to your email.

SELECT 
YOUR 
WORKSHOP

Suitable for all skill levels including beginners
Instalment payments available
Expert shoemaking tuition
1 teacher for every 3 students