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I flew from Toronto, Canada to London to attend the course and it was one of the best decisions I ever made, hands down. This shoemaking course is the real deal - traditional techniques for shoemaking from actual cobblers. I found many of the courses in North America to be more focused on customization and used a lot of short cuts in their approach. If you want to learn actual shoemaking and understanding how sneakers are engineered from start to finish I would recommend LSS over the others.

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Learn how to make sneakers in 5-days at our London factory

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Unlock the shoemaking skills and knowledge to make your own sneakers. Hand craft your dream pair with our expert hands-on teaching at our shoemaking factory in Hackney, London.
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Join this course to create your dream design,
start your brand and learn the craft.

  • Hands-on teaching — make sneakers the same way the factory makes them
  • Invest in the skills to start your own brand
  • Discover everything you need to know to continue making sneakers at home
  • Create unique bespoke customs from premium materials
  • Learn a new craft with like-minded people and the LSS team
  • Take control of the sneaker industry — design your vision and make it
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On your course you'll have the option to make the sneaker of your choice.
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  • Expert traditional cordwainer tuition
  • Suitable for all levels
  • Small class size — 5 students
  • Unlimited premium leathers to choose from
  • Free lasts, patterns and copy of Shoemaking Handbook
  • Exclusive access to L.S.S Discord community chat app

Design your sneaker

Choose from our wide array of premium leathers to hand make your dream pair.

Hands-on tuition

Learn the complete process to make your sneaker from scratch with our expert team.

Shoemaking supports

Expert advice during and after course to continue shoemaking

ALSO INCLUDES

FREE lasts, patterns + Shoemaking Handbook

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After
London
Sneaker
School

Our courses are designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to continue making and we are incredibly proud of all of our students that have continued with their shoemaking journey.

Check out some of the shoes that everyone has come up with over the years...

MEET 
OUR 
STUDENTS

Most of our students are beginners have never made a shoe before — all these students were complete beginners!
I flew from Toronto, Canada to London to attend the course and it was one of the best decisions I ever made, hands down. This shoemaking course is the real deal - traditional techniques for shoemaking from actual cobblers. I found many of the courses in North America to be more focused on customization and used a lot of short cuts in their approach. If you want to learn actual shoemaking and understanding how sneakers are engineered from start to finish I would recommend LSS over the others.
Lux Yogasegaran
Shoemaker
I’ve been wanting to go on LSS’s sneaker making courses for ages!! I’m so glad I was finally able to because I loved every minute. Thank you so much for so patiently teaching, keeping everything on track and helping me out when I got stuck. I learned some really invaluable skills and knowledge about shoemaking I can’t wait to take forward. This course was well worth it and I finished feeling confident to pursue shoemaking as new skill!
Stella Stockbridge
Custom artist
I was offered the opportunity to attend LSS from well known street band, Broken Planet to join the 5 day Jordan 1 course. I really liked the creative space we were in and the friendly staff. It really helped me understand the structure behind my favourite Jordan silhouette.
Jordan Mullings
Sneakerhead and musician
I was searching for shoe making courses and i’ve seen many courses but the course that attracted me was London Sneaker School course, their website is simple and straightforward, no complications at all. I really loved the atmosphere and the energy of the instructors, they explain any point to the furthest and tiniest detail so you get the point.
Ali Alwazzan
Designer
An intensive and SUPER FUN 5 days sneaker making course with a small class of 5 students. Very equipped studio with other shoes designers and you can get a glimpse of their shoe making progress. The team are experts and super helpful in guiding all of us during the course. You can do whatever design you want and they would try their best to make your ideas come to life! I learned so much in such a short time and really encourages me to make sneakers on my own. Highly recommended!
A
‍‍
Artist
The course was totally amazing! Gotta say it was one of my best weeks I’ve ever had. Very cool teachers and students. I always wanted to take customs to the next level and that course exactly reached me that, how to be creative and design and make my own pair of sneakers. I learned how to sew, glue and much more. I would recommend it because in comparison to other sneskerschools the price is stunning! Also it‘s an amazing experience for everybody who wants to create something with their hands.
Aris Remund
Custom Artist
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.⁠
Damon Ma
Custom Artist
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.
M
‍‍
Custom Artist
Aris first handmade pair of Air Jordan 1sLatyas first handmade pair of Air Jordan 1sArthurs first handmade pair of Air Max 1Jailans first handmade pair of Air Jordan 1sJoshs first handmade pair of Air Jordan 1sHandmade pair of Air Jordan 1sEmmas first hand made pair of Air Jordan 1sBettinas hand made pair of Air Jordan 1s

WHO'S 
THIS 
FOR

All our courses are suitable for beginners. Start your shoemaking journey today...
  • Custom artists
    Take your custom work to the next level with shoemaking. Hand make sneakers and make 100% bespoke custom made pairs.
  • Collectors
    Design and make a unique pair for your collection. A wide range of materials and leathers to bring your vision to life.
  • SNEAKER BRAND
    Starting a shoe brand? Sample, prototype and manufacture your own designs. You'll be able to apply what you learn with us to any original sneaker.
  • Footwear designers
    Deepen your design expertise with shoemaking craft and knowledge.

create your sneaker dreams

Hand craft whatever design vision you come up with.
book now

WHAT 
YOU'LL
LEARN

  • Patterns — the technical know how and how to use them
  • Clicking — cutting leather the traditional English way for perfect cuts
  • Leather + materials — identify good leather vs. the bad stuff
  • Stitching — how to use an industrial post-bed sewing machine
  • Skiving — ensuring your leather is correctly skived to reduce bulk
  • Upper construction — follow us step-by-step as we show you how to construct uppers
  • Lasting — pulling your shoe over your last and lasting using traditional hand lasting methods
  • Design — how to bring together your design and select the right leather for certain parts of the shoe
  • Outsole removal — remove your donor soles safely and cleanly
  • Outsole application — applying your outsole — the final step!
  • Continuing shoemaking — we'll teach you how to continue on your shoemaking journey with suppliers, equipment checklists and next steps

ABOUT
OUR 
TEACHING

Our goal when teaching is to give you transferable shoemaking skills for you to apply to your own customs, brands or career. We take no shortcuts in the process to make teaching easier — our methods are based on traditional manufacturing process for sneakers from this period.

Our teachers are lead and taught by London Sneaker School founder Thomas J. Rowe. Thomas has been making footwear in London for over 12 years and currently makes shoes for films and productions such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Marvel and more.

At London Sneaker School our 5 course will give you an immersive learning experience and is the perfect place to start your shoemaking and custom journey.

We teach you the methods that will make your a better shoemaker.

We use traditional leather clicking knives. No scissors.

We teach you how to use leather properly — tight to toe.

Our assembly methods translate cheap-to-make sneakers into bespoke, premium shoes through our construction quality and material selection.

And we use no seamstresses or shoemakers to finish your shoes. It's all you. But we are here to help!

And above all the vibe is always on point. Our workshop is a relaxed environment to learn and hang out in. There's plenty to learn, but equally a lot of fun. We hope to see you at the workshop!

Thomas J Rowe
Thomas J Rowe
Lead teacher + co-founder

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Student preparing his upper

THE 
WORKSHOP

Our workshop is kitted out with everything you need to make shoes and more. East London is home to London's creative industry with Shoreditch and Dalston down the road and our warehouse also being a home to a variety of creatives in fashion, customising and artists.

27B Belfast Road
London N16
UK

FAQ

Where are you based?

We are in Hackney, London.

27b Belfast Road
London N16 6UN

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.

Is there an age limit?

The age limit is 16 and above.

If 14 or 15 please get in touch. We have had students as young as 14 that have been more than capable. Although the course does require high levels of concentration as well as handling heavy machinery and knives.

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

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Do you offer group discounts?

Use the discount code ROLLDEEP at checkout for 10% off when booking for 2 or more people. If booking for 3 or more please get in touch for further group discount.

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FREE 
GUIDE

How to make sneakers

A beginners guide to hand making shoes

Unsure if shoemaking is for you?

Start here!

This series of articles is a starting point for anybody who has dreamt of hand making their own sneakers.

This guide won't teach you how to make shoes — we provide courses in London and online to do that. But it is a starting point for you to learn everything you need to know to get up and running.

This guide includes....

1. Why make shoes?
2. What tools and supplies do I need?
3. What sewing machine do I need?
4. Are customs legal?
5. How to build a sneaker brand and blow up?
6. Next steps

Sign up now to access the guide

learn how to make sneakers

Online shoemaking courses from expert shoemakers

Learn how to make custom Jordan 1s, Dunks and Air Max 1s from home.

  • Step-by-step expert shoemaking video tutorials — perfect for beginners
  • Complete guide to setting up your home shoemaking workshop
  • Includes FREE pattern to get started today
Check out this free chapter...

What
you
get

Step-by-step video tutorials
We have been making and design shoes for over 12 years. You’ll recieve expert tuition on traditional cordwainer and manufacture techniques.
Patterns in your size
Download your PDF patterns and print out at home to get started making shoes today.
Shoemaking handbook
This handbook includes everything you need to get your home workshop up and running to start making shoes.
Upper assembly walkthrough
Follow along with our step-by-step checklist covering every step of the upper assembly. Useful for intermediates as well as beginners.
Access to the LSS Members-only Discord
You'll receive access to our Discord where you'll be able to ask the LSS team and a community of shoemakers any questions you might have.

GET
STARTED

£ 300.00 GBP
One time payment, life-time access
Follow the London Sneaker School teachers step-by-step as we teach you how to make a pair of the classics. Choose between a Dunk, Jordan 1 or Air Max 1.

+ Step-by-step video tutorials
+ Patterns in your size
+ Shoemaking handbook
+ Upper assembly walkthrough
+ Exclusive access to our members-only Discord

Select
your
course

Dunk SB Low
Online Shoemaking Course
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Air Max 1 OG / Patta
Online Shoemaking Course
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Air Jordan 1 Hi
Online Shoemaking Course
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Why make sneakers?

A message from London Sneaker School
In all honesty, we wanted to see some change in sneaker industry...

Resell prices.
Bots.
Same shoes in the same shops.
Content concepts.

We want to switch things up with like-minded people.

So London Sneaker School was born to teach you how to make your own sneakers, so you can start your own brand, under your name.

Or create bespoke customs, putting your stamp on it.

Or for the craft, making your dream colourways and designs.

And when you get that question...

“where u get those”

You can proudly tell them.

“I made them.”

Footwear manufacture is an expertise hidden from us on the other side of the world.

We are bringing it back and rooting it into the cultures that got us caring about these shoes in the first place.

How we teach you to make shoes is very close to how they are made in the factory, but without the heavy machinery.

We teach you to make the classics with the goal of enabling you to go on to make your own classic.

Don’t just own the culture. Make it.

ready to start making?

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Get access to LSS Online...
Your online dashboard for everything shoemaking.
Includes complete assembly instructions
As well as step-by-step video guides you'll get our
handy assembly cheatsheets to ensure you don't miss a single step

WHO'S THIS FOR

Our courses are suitable for all abilities. Start your shoemaking journey today.
  • Custom artists
    Take your custom work to the next level with shoemaking. Hand make bespoke trainers.
  • Collectors
    Design and make a unique pair for your collection. A wide range of materials and leathers to bring your vision to life.
  • Entrepreneurs
    Starting a shoe brand? Sample, prototype and manufacture your own designs. You'll be able to apply what you learn with us to any original sneaker.
  • Footwear designers
    Deepen your design expertise with shoemaking craft and knowledge.
  • Crafts people
    Shoemaking is a timeless craft you can master over time — a perfect

WHAT 
YOU'LL
LEARN

  • Patterns — the technical know how and how to use them
  • Clicking — cutting leather the traditional English way for perfect cuts
  • Leather + materials — identify good leather vs. the bad stuff
  • Stitching — how to use an industrial post-bed sewing machine
  • Skiving — ensuring your leather is correctly skived to reduce bulk
  • Upper construction — follow us step-by-step as we show you how to construct uppers
  • Lasting — pulling your shoe over your last and lasting using traditional hand lasting methods
  • Design — how to bring together your design and select the right leather for certain parts of the shoe
  • Outsole removal — remove your donor soles safely and cleanly
  • Outsole application — applying your outsole — the final step!
  • Continuing shoemaking — we'll teach you how to continue on your shoemaking journey with suppliers, equipment checklists and next steps

make sneakers.
make
the culture.

enrol now

MEET 
YOUR 
TEACHERs

This course is bought to you by Thomas J. Rowe and Jase Cooper. After teaching shoemaking for over 10 years at his shoemaking workshop where Thomas produces shoes for film and production for the likes of Marvel, Disney, Star Wars and Harry Potter, he teamed up with footwear + multi-disciplinary designer Jase, an ex-shoemaking student of his who at the time was working on motion graphics for a Nike campaign.

London Sneaker School was born with the goal of making shoemaking more accessible to inspire and enable people to start their own footwear brands and projects. Thomas and Jase are committed to teaching traditional shoemaking techniques similar to that used in factories around the world, as well as the production shoes made at the workshop. Cutting no corners, these transferable shoemaking skills can be applied to any type of footwear. The in-house footwear development at LSS translates sneakers designed for athletic usage and mass-manufacture into patterns suitable for premium bespoke customs using premium leathers.

FAQ

What tools, equipment and materials will I need for this course?

We've put together a complete Shoemakers Toolkit and Equipment list free for you to download on the course.

Is this course suitable for beginners or intermediates?

This course is for all skill levels of shoemaking. The large majority of our students, both online and in London are new to shoemaking and our goal is always to provide shoemaking skills that are transferable to future shoes you'll make as well as the footwear industry.

How long is the course?

The course is designed for you to take at your own pace. Perfect for working on in the evenings or if you prefer to dedicate some time, schedule 2-5 days to complete (depending on your experience).

Will I be able to access the course once I've finished it?

Yes - you will have life time access to the course and all the material.

Will I be able to ask questions or get feedback?

Expert advice and answers to your questions is available form the Discord where the LSS team and community hang out daily. You'll find a community of shoemakers here willing to support and help as well as access to the LSS Online Channel.

This course includes:
  • Step-by-step expert video tutorial to create a pair of Air Jordan 1s, Dunk SB Lows or Air Max 1
  • Pattern in your size as PDF download
  • Expert traditional cordwainer tuition — over 15 years shoemaking experience
  • Exclusive access to private Discord for community + support
  • FREE Shoemaking Handbook available as PDF

With over 10 years shoemaking experience we are bringing our shoemaking process and techniques online.

On our online course you will learn how to make a pair of Air Max 1 from scratch.

This course has been designed for beginners and intermediates so you can make shoes from your own home. You will learn the shoemaking fundamentals and finish the course being able to handmake the designs and colourways you've always wanted.

This course is perfect for custom artists, fashion designers, sneaker heads looking to get deeper into the culture or anyone looking to get into shoemaking as a timeless craft.

Thomas J Rowe
Lead teacher + co-founder

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WHAT
YOU'LL
LEARN

Tools + equipment
We'll run you through all tools and equipment you'll need as well items you may want to invest in in the future as your shoemaking skills develop.
Leather, materials + components
There is a lot of leather out there not suitable for footwear. Learn all materials found throughout shoes and where to buy them — from the upper to the internal components.
Patterns
Learn the ins and outs of shoe patterns. From the technical know how to how to use them.
Clicking + tracing
Learn how to cut leather the LSS way! We use clicking knives — the traditional English cordwainer tool for cutting leather, perfect for getting those curves cut smoothly.
Skiving
When shoemaking skiving raw edges of leather is essential to reduce material bulking. We'll teach you our skiving techniques and how to approach this with different types of leather.
Stitching
During our stitching module you'll learn the sewing machine fundamentals as well as the specialised stitches such as double stitch, butt seam and bagged stitch.
Upper assembly
You'll learn step-by-step how to construct and assemble an Air Max 1
Outsole removal + attachment
Here you'll learn our process for removing the outsole and then attaching it to your new upper.
Includes FREE patterns in your size
The course comes with patterns in the size of your choice — free to download!

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What's included

Step-by-step tutorial video

Step-by-step tutorial video

  • Learn how to make a pair of Air Max 1 Pattas using traditional shoemaking methods
  • Life-time access to online course — learn at your pace
  • Suitable for all skill levels
Air Max 1 Patta Patterns

Air Max 1 Patta pattern

  • PDF pattern in men or womens size of choice
  • Free access to any pattern updates
Shoemaking Discord

Exclusive access

  • Connect with the LSS team and community in our LSS ONLINE Discord channel
  • Get your questions answered and share your progress

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Trailer

WHO'S THIS FOR

Our courses are suitable for all abilities. Start your shoemaking journey today.
  • Custom artists
    Take your custom work to the next level with shoemaking. Hand make bespoke trainers.
  • Collectors
    Design and make a unique pair for your collection. A wide range of materials and leathers to bring your vision to life.
  • Entrepreneurs
    Starting a shoe brand? Sample, prototype and manufacture your own designs. You'll be able to apply what you learn with us to any original sneaker.
  • Footwear designers
    Deepen your design expertise with shoemaking craft and knowledge.
  • Crafts people
    Shoemaking is a timeless craft you can master over time — a perfect

Enrol today

SIGN UP
  • Life time access to step-by-step video tutorial
  • Suitable for all levels
  • PDF patterns in your size to download today and get started
  • Full list and breakdown of tools, equipment and suppliers
  • Access to private Discord for community + support

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FAQ

What tools, equipment and materials will I need for this course?

We've put together a complete Shoemakers Toolkit and Equipment list free for you to download.

Download here.

Is this course suitable for beginners or intermediates?

This course is for all skill levels of shoemaking. The large majority of our students, both online and in London are new to shoemaking and our goal is always to provide shoemaking skills that are transferable to future shoes you'll make as well as the footwear industry.

How long is the course?

The course is designed for you to take at your own pace. Perfect for working on in the evenings or if you prefer to dedicate some time, schedule 2-5 days to complete (depending on your experience).

Will I be able to access the course once I've finished it?

Yes - you will have life time access to the course and all the material.

Will I be able to ask questions or get feedback?

Expert advice and answers to your questions is available form the Discord where the LSS team and community hang out daily. You'll find a community of shoemakers here willing to support and help as well as access to the LSS Online Channel.

Step-by-step tutorial video

FREE LESSON

Try before you buy.
Learn how to cut leather.
Sign up for a free lesson on how we cut leather at LSS with our traditional English cordwainer technique.

MEET 
OUR 
STUDENTS

We are bringing our London courses online. Check out what our London students say about our courses. The majority of the students started as complete beginners...
I flew from Toronto, Canada to London to attend the course and it was one of the best decisions I ever made, hands down. This shoemaking course is the real deal - traditional techniques for shoemaking from actual cobblers. I found many of the courses in North America to be more focused on customization and used a lot of short cuts in their approach. If you want to learn actual shoemaking and understanding how sneakers are engineered from start to finish I would recommend LSS over the others.
Lux Yogasegaran
Shoemaker
I’ve been wanting to go on LSS’s sneaker making courses for ages!! I’m so glad I was finally able to because I loved every minute. Thank you so much for so patiently teaching, keeping everything on track and helping me out when I got stuck. I learned some really invaluable skills and knowledge about shoemaking I can’t wait to take forward. This course was well worth it and I finished feeling confident to pursue shoemaking as new skill!
Stella Stockbridge
Custom artist
I was offered the opportunity to attend LSS from well known street band, Broken Planet to join the 5 day Jordan 1 course. I really liked the creative space we were in and the friendly staff. It really helped me understand the structure behind my favourite Jordan silhouette.
Jordan Mullings
Sneakerhead and musician
I was searching for shoe making courses and i’ve seen many courses but the course that attracted me was London Sneaker School course, their website is simple and straightforward, no complications at all. I really loved the atmosphere and the energy of the instructors, they explain any point to the furthest and tiniest detail so you get the point.
Ali Alwazzan
Designer
An intensive and SUPER FUN 5 days sneaker making course with a small class of 5 students. Very equipped studio with other shoes designers and you can get a glimpse of their shoe making progress. The team are experts and super helpful in guiding all of us during the course. You can do whatever design you want and they would try their best to make your ideas come to life! I learned so much in such a short time and really encourages me to make sneakers on my own. Highly recommended!
A
‍‍
Artist
The course was totally amazing! Gotta say it was one of my best weeks I’ve ever had. Very cool teachers and students. I always wanted to take customs to the next level and that course exactly reached me that, how to be creative and design and make my own pair of sneakers. I learned how to sew, glue and much more. I would recommend it because in comparison to other sneskerschools the price is stunning! Also it‘s an amazing experience for everybody who wants to create something with their hands.
Aris Remund
Custom Artist
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.⁠
Damon Ma
Custom Artist
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.
M
‍‍
Custom Artist
Aris first handmade pair of Air Jordan 1sLatyas first handmade pair of Air Jordan 1sArthurs first handmade pair of Air Max 1Jailans first handmade pair of Air Jordan 1sJoshs first handmade pair of Air Jordan 1sHandmade pair of Air Jordan 1sEmmas first hand made pair of Air Jordan 1sBettinas hand made pair of Air Jordan 1s

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Dunk SB Low
Online Shoemaking Course
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Air Max 1 OG / Patta
Online Shoemaking Course
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Air Jordan 1 Hi
Online Shoemaking Course
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Includes complete assembly instructions
As well as step-by-step video guides you'll get our
handy assembly cheatsheets to ensure you don't miss a single step

WHO'S THIS FOR

Our courses are suitable for all abilities. Start your shoemaking journey today.
  • Custom artists
    Take your custom work to the next level with shoemaking. Hand make bespoke trainers.
  • Collectors
    Design and make a unique pair for your collection. A wide range of materials and leathers to bring your vision to life.
  • Entrepreneurs
    Starting a shoe brand? Sample, prototype and manufacture your own designs. You'll be able to apply what you learn with us to any original sneaker.
  • Footwear designers
    Deepen your design expertise with shoemaking craft and knowledge.
  • Crafts people
    Shoemaking is a timeless craft you can master over time — a perfect

WHAT 
YOU'LL
LEARN

  • Patterns — the technical know how and how to use them
  • Clicking — cutting leather the traditional English way for perfect cuts
  • Leather + materials — identify good leather vs. the bad stuff
  • Stitching — how to use an industrial post-bed sewing machine
  • Skiving — ensuring your leather is correctly skived to reduce bulk
  • Upper construction — follow us step-by-step as we show you how to construct uppers
  • Lasting — pulling your shoe over your last and lasting using traditional hand lasting methods
  • Design — how to bring together your design and select the right leather for certain parts of the shoe
  • Outsole removal — remove your donor soles safely and cleanly
  • Outsole application — applying your outsole — the final step!
  • Continuing shoemaking — we'll teach you how to continue on your shoemaking journey with suppliers, equipment checklists and next steps

FAQ

What tools, equipment and materials will I need for this course?

We've put together a complete Shoemakers Toolkit and Equipment list free for you to download on the course.

Is this course suitable for beginners or intermediates?

This course is for all skill levels of shoemaking. The large majority of our students, both online and in London are new to shoemaking and our goal is always to provide shoemaking skills that are transferable to future shoes you'll make as well as the footwear industry.

How long is the course?

The course is designed for you to take at your own pace. Perfect for working on in the evenings or if you prefer to dedicate some time, schedule 2-5 days to complete (depending on your experience).

Will I be able to access the course once I've finished it?

Yes - you will have life time access to the course and all the material.

Will I be able to ask questions or get feedback?

Expert advice and answers to your questions is available form the Discord where the LSS team and community hang out daily. You'll find a community of shoemakers here willing to support and help as well as access to the LSS Online Channel.

This course includes:
  • Step-by-step expert video tutorial to create a pair of Air Jordan 1s, Dunk SB Lows or Air Max 1
  • Pattern in your size as PDF download
  • Expert traditional cordwainer tuition — over 15 years shoemaking experience
  • Exclusive access to private Discord for community + support
  • FREE Shoemaking Handbook available as PDF

With over 10 years shoemaking experience we are bringing our shoemaking process and techniques online.

On our online course you will learn how to make a pair of Air Max 1 from scratch.

This course has been designed for beginners and intermediates so you can make shoes from your own home. You will learn the shoemaking fundamentals and finish the course being able to handmake the designs and colourways you've always wanted.

This course is perfect for custom artists, fashion designers, sneaker heads looking to get deeper into the culture or anyone looking to get into shoemaking as a timeless craft.

Thomas J Rowe
Lead teacher + co-founder

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WHAT
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Tools + equipment
We'll run you through all tools and equipment you'll need as well items you may want to invest in in the future as your shoemaking skills develop.
Leather, materials + components
There is a lot of leather out there not suitable for footwear. Learn all materials found throughout shoes and where to buy them — from the upper to the internal components.
Patterns
Learn the ins and outs of shoe patterns. From the technical know how to how to use them.
Clicking + tracing
Learn how to cut leather the LSS way! We use clicking knives — the traditional English cordwainer tool for cutting leather, perfect for getting those curves cut smoothly.
Skiving
When shoemaking skiving raw edges of leather is essential to reduce material bulking. We'll teach you our skiving techniques and how to approach this with different types of leather.
Stitching
During our stitching module you'll learn the sewing machine fundamentals as well as the specialised stitches such as double stitch, butt seam and bagged stitch.
Upper assembly
You'll learn step-by-step how to construct and assemble an Air Max 1
Outsole removal + attachment
Here you'll learn our process for removing the outsole and then attaching it to your new upper.
Includes FREE patterns in your size
The course comes with patterns in the size of your choice — free to download!

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What's included

Step-by-step tutorial video

Step-by-step tutorial video

  • Learn how to make a pair of Air Max 1 Pattas using traditional shoemaking methods
  • Life-time access to online course — learn at your pace
  • Suitable for all skill levels
Air Max 1 Patta Patterns

Air Max 1 Patta pattern

  • PDF pattern in men or womens size of choice
  • Free access to any pattern updates
Shoemaking Discord

Exclusive access

  • Connect with the LSS team and community in our LSS ONLINE Discord channel
  • Get your questions answered and share your progress

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WHO'S THIS FOR

Our courses are suitable for all abilities. Start your shoemaking journey today.
  • Custom artists
    Take your custom work to the next level with shoemaking. Hand make bespoke trainers.
  • Collectors
    Design and make a unique pair for your collection. A wide range of materials and leathers to bring your vision to life.
  • Entrepreneurs
    Starting a shoe brand? Sample, prototype and manufacture your own designs. You'll be able to apply what you learn with us to any original sneaker.
  • Footwear designers
    Deepen your design expertise with shoemaking craft and knowledge.
  • Crafts people
    Shoemaking is a timeless craft you can master over time — a perfect

Enrol today

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  • Life time access to step-by-step video tutorial
  • Suitable for all levels
  • PDF patterns in your size to download today and get started
  • Full list and breakdown of tools, equipment and suppliers
  • Access to private Discord for community + support

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FAQ

What tools, equipment and materials will I need for this course?

We've put together a complete Shoemakers Toolkit and Equipment list free for you to download.

Download here.

Is this course suitable for beginners or intermediates?

This course is for all skill levels of shoemaking. The large majority of our students, both online and in London are new to shoemaking and our goal is always to provide shoemaking skills that are transferable to future shoes you'll make as well as the footwear industry.

How long is the course?

The course is designed for you to take at your own pace. Perfect for working on in the evenings or if you prefer to dedicate some time, schedule 2-5 days to complete (depending on your experience).

Will I be able to access the course once I've finished it?

Yes - you will have life time access to the course and all the material.

Will I be able to ask questions or get feedback?

Expert advice and answers to your questions is available form the Discord where the LSS team and community hang out daily. You'll find a community of shoemakers here willing to support and help as well as access to the LSS Online Channel.

Step-by-step tutorial video

FREE LESSON

Try before you buy.
Learn how to cut leather.
Sign up for a free lesson on how we cut leather at LSS with our traditional English cordwainer technique.

MEET 
OUR 
STUDENTS

We are bringing our London courses online. Check out what our London students say about our courses. The majority of the students started as complete beginners...
I flew from Toronto, Canada to London to attend the course and it was one of the best decisions I ever made, hands down. This shoemaking course is the real deal - traditional techniques for shoemaking from actual cobblers. I found many of the courses in North America to be more focused on customization and used a lot of short cuts in their approach. If you want to learn actual shoemaking and understanding how sneakers are engineered from start to finish I would recommend LSS over the others.
Lux Yogasegaran
Shoemaker
I’ve been wanting to go on LSS’s sneaker making courses for ages!! I’m so glad I was finally able to because I loved every minute. Thank you so much for so patiently teaching, keeping everything on track and helping me out when I got stuck. I learned some really invaluable skills and knowledge about shoemaking I can’t wait to take forward. This course was well worth it and I finished feeling confident to pursue shoemaking as new skill!
Stella Stockbridge
Custom artist
I was offered the opportunity to attend LSS from well known street band, Broken Planet to join the 5 day Jordan 1 course. I really liked the creative space we were in and the friendly staff. It really helped me understand the structure behind my favourite Jordan silhouette.
Jordan Mullings
Sneakerhead and musician
I was searching for shoe making courses and i’ve seen many courses but the course that attracted me was London Sneaker School course, their website is simple and straightforward, no complications at all. I really loved the atmosphere and the energy of the instructors, they explain any point to the furthest and tiniest detail so you get the point.
Ali Alwazzan
Designer
An intensive and SUPER FUN 5 days sneaker making course with a small class of 5 students. Very equipped studio with other shoes designers and you can get a glimpse of their shoe making progress. The team are experts and super helpful in guiding all of us during the course. You can do whatever design you want and they would try their best to make your ideas come to life! I learned so much in such a short time and really encourages me to make sneakers on my own. Highly recommended!
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Artist
The course was totally amazing! Gotta say it was one of my best weeks I’ve ever had. Very cool teachers and students. I always wanted to take customs to the next level and that course exactly reached me that, how to be creative and design and make my own pair of sneakers. I learned how to sew, glue and much more. I would recommend it because in comparison to other sneskerschools the price is stunning! Also it‘s an amazing experience for everybody who wants to create something with their hands.
Aris Remund
Custom Artist
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.⁠
Damon Ma
Custom Artist
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.
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Custom Artist
Aris first handmade pair of Air Jordan 1sLatyas first handmade pair of Air Jordan 1sArthurs first handmade pair of Air Max 1Jailans first handmade pair of Air Jordan 1sJoshs first handmade pair of Air Jordan 1sHandmade pair of Air Jordan 1sEmmas first hand made pair of Air Jordan 1sBettinas hand made pair of Air Jordan 1s

Get an eXTRa 10% off

Pre-order available December 12

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