In-person classes

Visit our 2500 sq ft studio and learn everything from shoe construction to bag making and general leather work.

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Virtual classes

Design and build your own shoes or sneakers in the comfort of your own home. Our virtual classes are facilitated via Zoom.

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Select leather working tools and kits, or shop our line of premium leather goods. We’ve got a new line of leather products!.

About us

Built with leather

Chicago School of Shoemaking & Leather Arts (CSOS) provides in-person and online leather arts workshops and courses. CSOS is conveniently located in Ravenswood for students at all levels to learn the “lost art” of leather arts and shoemaking.

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combined years of shoemaking experience


combined years of leatherwork experience


shoes, boots, and sandals created

We’ve reached a 10 year milestone with our footwear programs.

Chicago School of Shoemaking was founded by Sara McIntosh, a Master Cobbler. Sara has made more than 10,000 pairs of shoes and is delighted to share the excitement of creating a first pair with her students.


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