Spend 5 days working from start to finish on a pair of shoes formed around a last in your size. We will tape the last, draw the style of shoe on the last, create a pattern, cut sew and glue the vamp and lining to the midsole and more. Learn a myriad of details about shoemaking and leather working while you work on your shoes.
Advanced Lasted Shoemaking Course
34 Hours, 5 Days
Put your design elements into the shoes.
Draw the basic pattern with your class, then add your own spin.
This is an experience for a dedicated maker
Some machine sewing experience is required. Please check with us if you have questions. Info[at]chicagoschoolofshoemaking.comSelect your course Dates
Advanced Lasted Shoemaking
In this course you will explore shoemaking in a traditional way incorporating some modern techniques. Utilizing skills you have obtained from previous footwear courses, you will build shoes on lasts and gain an understanding of how classic shoes are made.
- Beginning with taping and sketching a pattern directly on the last
- Adding seam and lasting allowances to the flat patterns
- Preparing leather pieces by cutting, skiving and gluing
- Preparing toe and heel counters, skived and stiffened
- Stitching the vamps together.
- Adding the linings
- Wetting and lasting the shoes
- Adding a welt
- Cutting and shaping the sole and heel
- Finishing touches, trimming, sanding
You will learn the inner workings of the shoe such as how to construct an insole, toe-box, and heel-counter of leather and how to make them rigid enough to keep the shoe’s shape over time. Upper pattern placement and lasting, shank placement, the application of cork filler to the midsole and the addition of decorative leather welting to the outer edge of the shoe, leather outsole shaping and attachment and stacked leather heel assembly, shaping and attachment. The final day you will remove the lasts from your shoes and add a padded sock (insole pad), trim the linings off the pattern and add finishing touches to your completed pair of shoes.