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  • Shoe School 247 Riddiford Street Wellington, Wellington, 6021 New Zealand (map)

Surely the best thing about shoemaking is the workshop right? That smell of leather, the weight of the tools, the history and the possibilities... tis' the stuff of magic, truly.

You're warmly invited to an Open Day at the Shoe School workshop. Sketch the shoe-of-your-dreams using Shoe School templates. Touch the delicious smelling leather. Handle the custom-made tools. Talk design with shoemaker and owner Louise Clifton and ask yourself what you’ve never dared: If you could, what shoes would you make?

Since School opened in October 2017 the workshop has been humming with creative energy. Shoemaker and owner Louise Clifton honed her skills in Japan and Australia, training with bespoke shoemakers Keitaro Takano and Luna Newby. Shoemaking has all but disappeared in NZ and Louise is doing her best to start a resurgence of the craft, one pair at a time.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of materialising a pair of shoes out of thin air, and at Shoe School each shoe is crafted to fit (around) your feet. You choose the design, you choose the materials and Louise will guide you, step by step to create them. Choose from 5 day Shoe, 2 day Sandal or 1 day Pattern workshops.

Shoe School is located in Riddiford St, Newtown, a vibrant community and creative hub of artisan businesses.

Future Spring/Summer workshop dates can be found  

Earlier Event: May 2
Later Event: March 9