ONLINE COURSE

Learn to make Air Max 1 Pattas from home

Learn how to make shoes at home by hand crafting a pair of bespoke Air Max 1 Pattas.
  • Step-by-step video tutorials suitable for all levels
  • Expert traditional cordwainer tuition — over 15 years shoemaking experience
  • Course includes free last and patterns in every size

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
Air Max 1 Patta Patterns

Air Max 1 Patta patterns

  • The size fo your choice — men or womens
  • PDF downloads
  • Free access to any pattern updates
Component kit

Air Max 1 last

  • All the specialised internal materials you'll need
  • Includes foam, toe puffs, counter stiffeners and midsole board
  • Pair of AM1 Patta lasts in your size
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

Also included

 Shoemaking
toolkit

Every specialised tool you'll need worth £350

Shoemaking Toolkit
We've sourced all the specialised shoemaking tools you'll need to hand make shoes including a clicking knife, the traditional and LSS preferred knife for cutting (clicking) leather here in England.

The LSS Shoemaking Toolkit includes:
  • Shoemaking hammer
  • Hole punch
  • Lasting pliers (wide)
  • Lasting pliers (narrow)
  • Hand skiver
  • Bone folder
  • Clicking knife + blade
  • Silver pen
  • Rubber crepe
  • LSS Shoemaking Toolkit bag
Shoemaking tools

ONLINE SHOEMAKING COURSE: AIR MAX 1 PATTA

Enrol today

PRE-ORDER

£750

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  • Step-by-step tutorials suitable for beginners
  • Shoemaking toolkit
  • Component kit
  • A pair of AM1 Patta shoe last
  • AM1 Patta pattern in every size
  • Expert support from the LSS team

LIMITED AVAILABILITY

EARLYBIRD ENROLMENT CLOSES IN

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When does the course start?

The course will start on February 1 2022.

You will have received your toolkit, last, components and online tutorial.

Use this time to prepare your work space and get those design ideas sketched out.

We'll provide you with a list of supplies and equipment you'll need to pick up so you can jump straight in.
LSS Earlybird Zine

Enrol now for an exclusive Christmas gift

Receive an exclusive LSS ONLINE zine that you can gift to a loved one on Christmas Day.

The zine will outline everything they'll receive with the course as well as information to prepare them for February 1 2022 when the course is available.
Syllabus

WHAT 
YOU'LL LEARN

Sign up for the full syllabus

Sign up to access the syllabus for a complete breakdown of every module in our Online Shoemaking course.

MEET 
OUR LONDON
STUDENTS

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!
LSS student LatyaLSS student TeddyLSS student DexteneLSS student EmmaLSS student AfroKickzLSS student SebLSS student MattLSS student

About
London
Sneaker
School

Since opening our doors in the Summer of 2020 we have seen over 40 students jump into shoemaking on our London 5-day shoemaking courses.

It has been a pleasure teaching every one of our students and we are proud of the community that has resulted in bringing shoemakers all over London and the UK together.

In 2022 we are expanding the community world wide with our online courses.

Learn how to make shoes from home and become a part of LSS.

Our Discord will be the heart of the community — connect with the LSS team and fellow shoemakers as we teach you how to hand craft your own shoes, starting with the Air Max 1 Patta.

We can't wait to see the crep you hand make!

MEET 
YOUR 
TEACHERS

Thomas Rowe

thomas Rowe

LSS lead teacher Thomas Rowe has over 10 years shoemaking experience, moving from Canada to London in 2009. Learning his craft on the factory floor Thomas later went on to found The Parachute Collective where he continues to this day producing shoes for the likes of Marvel, Netflix, Disney and Pinewood Studios. Thomas also performs in a London based band called Mass Datura.
Jase Cooper

Jase Cooper

Originally a footwear designer working with the likes of Salomon and Pentland, Jase's design career has moved from industrial design, to graphic design for a variety of UK based record labels and well known sports, fashion and tech companies. Jase met Thomas 6 years ago when Thomas taught Jase to handmake shoes.
Sam Awoyemi

Sam Awoyemi

Sam graduated from London College of Fashion in 2020. As a footwear designer and shoemaker Sam has previously worked with Pull&Bear and NoTwoWays. If he's not knocking together a pair of shoes he's likely upcycling a donor pair into something new.
London Sneaker School team

FAQ

When will the course be available?

The course will be available on February 1 2022. Your toolkit, last, patterns and component kit will arrive in time for this.

By pre-ordering now you will save £150 with the Earlybird discount.

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.

I am gifting the course as a Christmas — what can I wrap?

If you enrol before 12 December you will receive an exclusive LSS ONLINE zine that you can gift to a loved one on Christmas Day. The zine will outline everything they'll recieve with the course as well as information to prepare them for February 1 2022 when the course is available.

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.

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

The course comes with a free shoemaking toolkit providing all the specialised shoemaking hand tools you will need to make shoes as well as an Air Max 1 shoe last and component kit.

You will need the following additional tools and equipment.

  • Sewing machine

  • A pair of Air Max 1 (for their outsole)

  • Various easy-to-find hand tools e.g. scissors, scalpel etc.

  • Your materials and leathers to make your shoe out of

On signing up to the course you will be provided you with a complete list of our recommendations and suppliers.

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.

ONLINE SHOEMAKING COURSE:
AIR MAX 1 PATTA

Enrol today

PRE-ORDER

£750

£750

Enrol Now
  • Step-by-step tutorials suitable for beginners
  • Shoemaking toolkit
  • Component kit
  • A pair of AM1 Patta shoe last
  • AM1 Patta pattern in every size
  • Expert support from the LSS team

LIMITED AVAILABILITY

EARLYBIRD ENROLMENT CLOSES IN

00
Days
00
Hrs
00
Min
00
Sec

When does the course start?

The course will start on February 1 2022.

You will have received your toolkit, last, components and online tutorial.

Use this time to prepare your work space and get those design ideas sketched out.

We'll provide you with a list of supplies and equipment you'll need to pick up so you can jump straight in.

Air Jordan 1 Hi Shoemaking Course: 5-9 September 2022

£ 1,850.00 GBP

Air Jordan 1 Hi

Shoemaking
course

DATE
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Sep
22
COURSE FEE
£ 1,850.00 GBP
LOCATION
LONDON, N16
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Learn how to make shoes over 5 days with our intensive shoemaking course.

You'll learn the complete shoemaking process providing you with the skills and knowledge to go on and craft your own shoes.

We will deconstruct an original pair and attach the outsole on an upper that you'll make throughout the week.

You'll design your own colourway from our wide range of premium leathers and materals.

This course is perfect for either complete beginners or intermediates looking to brush up on their skills with traditional cordwainer techniques. Or for anyone looking to experience the age old craft of shoemaking.
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Student shoemakers at London Sneaker School
WHAT
YOU'LL
LEARN
There are many steps when it comes to hand making shoes with many areas for you to perfect and refine your craft. We'll be running over every step in detail.
  • Leather + materials — knowing the right leather and materials to use when shoemaking is vital. Learn when to use nappa vs cow, how to find bias, what to use, what to avoid and more.
  • Tools + machinery — shoemaking requires a wide range of specialised tools and machinery that you'll use through your 5 days with us.
  • Clicking + tracing — learn to cut leather using the traditional English clicking knife. A knife especially designed to cut perfect curves.
  • Upper assembly — while many shoes follow similar constructions, the upper assembly is always different. Learn the steps and methods used to assemble and stitch your upper.
  • Mass-manufacture vs Hand Made — shoes produced in factories use different methods and materials designed to optimise the volume of production. As a craftsperson, your shoemaking process will follow a slower more considered approach. Learn the differences in process and material between a factory shoe vs the shoe you'll make.
  • Lasting — lasting is a process in which you'll pull your upper on a shoe last to give the upper its 3D form. Learn this age old technique without the use of any expensive machinery.
  • Deconstruction — you'll learn how to remove outsoles from original pairs of shoes to use on your own.
  • Outsole application and finishing— The last step of the process, applying your outsole on to your upper. A fresh pair, hot off the sole press, ready for you to walk home in.

DOWNLOAD THE
FULL SYLLABUS

Download our course syllabus for a complete breakdown of everything you'll learn on our shoemaking course.

Download now
What
You'LL
Get
  • 5 days expert shoemaking tuition — we keep classes small to maximise your time with our teachers.
  • A hand made pair of Air Jordan 1 High's or Air Max 1's — an original pair will be provided for your outsole.
  • All materials and leathers — select from a wide range of premium materials for your to design your dream shoe.
  • Upper assembly — while many shoes follow similar constructions, the upper assembly is always different. Learn the steps and methods used to assemble and stitch your upper.
  • Free patterns and shoe last for you to take home
  • Practise upper — we spend the first day and a half on a practise upper using scrap material so you can familarise yourself with the process and tools
  • Deconstruction — you'll learn how to remove outsoles from original pairs of shoes to use on your own.
  • Outsole application and finishing— The last step of the process, applying your outsole on to your upper. A fresh pair, hot off the sole press, ready for you to walk home in.
  • Information pack listing all tool and material suppliers we use
Student shoemakers at London Sneaker School

MEET 
OUR 
STUDENTS

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!
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.
  • Craftspeople — Experience the age old craft of shoemaking by handmaking your own pair of shoes.
Why
Learn
TO Make
Shoes
Shoes have been made the same way for centuries....

And while mass-manufacture specialised machinery has come a long way, with a bit of know how, you can unlock these manufacturing secrets and hand make the classics.

On this 5 day shoemaking course you’ll learn everything you need to know to hand craft your own shoes.

With over 15 years shoemaking and footwear design experience, you’ll learn traditional cordwainer shoemaking techniques.

You’ll leave the course with a hand made pair as well as the shoemaking knowledge and skills to continue your craft.

With a wide range of premium leathers and materials to choose from, you’ll be able to bring your design vision to life.

There has never been a better time to become a shoemaker...

Daily SNKR app L's.

Reseller prices.

Customers looking for the next new.

The age old craft of shoemaking has become relevant again.

Whether you are looking to take your customs to the next level, start your own brand or get into the footwear industry now is the time to develop the skills required to handmake premium, high quality, highly sought after sneakers.
Frequently
Asked
Questions

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.

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.

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.

Inside
The
Workshop

About
London
Sneaker
School
The 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  exists 1000's 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.

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to make
shoes

5 day Shoemaking Course Syllabus eBook
Download our course syllabus for a complete breakdown of everything you'll learn on our shoemaking course.
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Shoemaking
course

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Spots Available
Date
5
-
9
Sep
22
COURSE FEE
£ 1,850.00 GBP
Learn how to make shoes over 5 days with our intensive shoemaking course.

You'll learn the complete shoemaking process providing you with the skills and knowledge to go on and craft your own shoes.

We will deconstruct an original pair and attach the outsole on an upper that you'll make throughout the week.

You'll design your own colourway from our wide range of premium leathers and materals.

This course is perfect for either complete beginners or intermediates looking to brush up on their skills with traditional cordwainer techniques. Or for anyone looking to experience the age old craft of shoemaking.
Any questions?
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AIR FORCE 1

CUSTOM WORKSHOP

WORKSHOP FEE
£ 1,850.00 GBP
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Pay half now, half later
Pay half now and secure your spot. The other half will be paid before your workshop starts.

If you'd like to setup an alternative payment plan don't hesitate to get in touch.

AFRO KICKZ AF1

Create an Afro Kickz Air Force 1. Aida aka Afro Kickz will teach you how to make her signature style. Select the colours for your brush stroke underlay and then craft your own message on the top layer in black.

100% CUSTOM

Create an 100% unique custom Air Force 1. Aida aka Afro Kickz will teach you the in's-and-out's of shoe customising and you'll leave with a truly unique pair.