Get Lou to Tokyo & Hong Kong
Jun 15

Get Lou to Tokyo & Hong Kong

And now for my next shoemaking adventure - I'm travelling to Tokyo and Hong Kong for a internship and workshop tour. To get there I've launched a crowdfunding campaign. Please share with your friends and family, because no matter how big my dreams are, I'll never be able to achieve them without a little help from my community!

Sun, Summer & SANDALS in Nelson!
Nov 7

Sun, Summer & SANDALS in Nelson!

Sun, Summer & SANDALS! 
Louise will be travelling from chilly Dunedin to balmy Nelson in November to teach a series of 2 Day workshops. Students will create a pair of custom made leather sandals. 

2 Day Sandal-making Workshops
Founders Heritage Park, Nelson
4-5th Nov OR 6-7th Nov 2016
$350.00 (materials included)
Bookings required. To register, email

OPEN NIGHT at Shoe School
5:30 pm17:30

OPEN NIGHT at Shoe School

On Thursday 18th August the Shoe School studio will be opening it's doors!

Come and tinker with the tools, smell the leather and fawn over handmade shoes. I'll also be there! To answer your questions about the process of creating a handmade shoe.

This open night is part of the City Art Crawl OUSA Art Week 2016. This is also an opportunity to check out some of the fabulous galleries and studios of Dunedin's artists and craftspeople. 

Shoe School open studio - as part of the
OUSA Art Week City Gallery Crawl.
Allbell Chambers, 127 Lower Stuart St, Dunedin 9016

For the full list of participating spaces:

Japanese Handmade Shoe by Master Takano Keitaro
10:00 pm22:00

Japanese Handmade Shoe by Master Takano Keitaro

Internationally renowned shoemaker Takano Keitaro of 'Clematis Ginza' Japan, will exhibit a selection of handcrafted luxury shoes in the Great Hall at Olveston.

Mr Keitaro makes custom and bespoke footwear and ready to wear collections. In Japan, he is regarded as a 'Master' craftsman. An Associated Event of iD Dunedin Fashion Week.

An exhibition of Mr Keitaro's handcrafted shoes will take place in the Drying Room at Olveston. The exhibition will include a selection of handmade shoes, photographs, and shoemaking ephemera.
Tuesday, 15 March - Saturday, 19 March 10am - 3pm daily. Admission Free.

Mar 13


Bring your old shoes BACK TO LIFE by re-assembling and re-imagining them!

In these workshops you will be cutting, glueing and stitching together shoe components to create a pair of up-cycled shoes. You'll be encouraged to create innovative, experimental objet d'art, which will combine an unlikely juxtaposition of styles.

Separate workshops will run for both Adults (Friday -Saturday) and Children ages 8-14 years (Sunday). This event is part of the 2016
Dunedin Fringe Festival.

Join our crowdfunding campaign!
Feb 20

Join our crowdfunding campaign!

Shoe School is bringing Master Shoemaker Takano Keitaro to Dunedin for an event at Olvetson Historic Home in March!

Takano's beautifully handcrafted shoes provide a link to the shoemaking traditions of New Zealand's past and this Boosted campaign is your opportunity to revive them. Thank you for your donation and for sharing this with your friends and family.