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Learn hand lasting techniques


hand cutting or 'clicking'


machine stitching uppers or 'closing'




DESIGN AND CREATE a pair of shoes from scratch in 6 days

$1670 pp (1 - 2 persons per session) no previous experience needed, but an affinity to crafting and sewing, is useful. There is also an advanced shoemaking course available on application



Most slip-on or lace up styles - derby, chukka boot, maryjane, pump or simple loafer are suitable for this course. ADVANCED - projects with one on one tuition for those with previous shoe-making experience, $1950 - $2340 pp bespoke course tuition with some added STUDIO time where you are not instructed as such but get use of studio equipment at your own speed, while I am available for guidance


If you are keen to do a short course, add your name to my waiting list with a brief note re course interest and preferred times and bookings are offered accordingly so I can arrange for a couple of participants per session.

MAKE a pair of sneakers or sandals in 2 days

Make a pair of simple leather sneakers, hand stitched with patterns supplied.

Fees $280 pp basic - $370pp premium,inclusive of all materials and a light lunch. No previous experience needed.


Hand stitch the upper to new sneaker soles with cushioned inserts - Vegan and upcycled options can be arranged (premium allows for 3 hrs added to cut and machine sew). Early bookings are a must - the foot sizing is essential to take part in the sneaker course as soles are pre-ordered accordingly ( sizes 34 to 43)


Make a pair of simple leather sandals over 2 days. Fees $290 pp basic - $350pp premium, inclusive of all materials and a light lunch. No previous experience needed.

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(premium allows for 2 hrs added to dye or colour the rawhide)

MAKE a pair of ballet flats or slippers in 3 days

$995 pp no previous experience needed, but an affinity to crafting and sewing, is useful. Patterns and materials supplied. Sizes 34 - 44 (larger sizes slippers only )

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follow on purchases for working from home for any "course graduates" of The Shoemaker's Shed

LEATHER PIECES and various shoe components, can be bought direct from the studio. There is also a large box of upcycle-able leathers and offcuts (koha)

STUDIO TIME for those returning students, or with previous shoemaking experience who would like to access the workshop for some extra making time, you are very welcome to enquire, rates from $20 pr hour

TOOL KITS from $120, including a pair of shoe lasts in your size can be sourced for you on request.

Courses - Mailing List

sueshoeTo find out more please send your details to: studio@sue-engels.co.nz  

Let me know which course you would like to take, the shoesize and style you are keen to make, when you would like to attend (month) and if you are available for weekday &/or weekend classes. I will send you a course outline with booking details and available dates to suit.

Visit Waiheke Island and learn shoemaking

Just a 35 minute ferry ride from down-town Auckland makes for a great daytrip. The island is a beautiful place to visit with art studios and vineyards galore, not to mention the gorgeous beaches and bush walks! Increase you knowledge of this craft while you spend a few nights & absorb some local flavour.

There's a great choice of places to stay, from camping & glamping to studio apartment or villa stays .

Session times are usually from 10.30am to 5.30pm with an hour for lunch

Every so often my studio transforms into a tiny shoe-schoolroom, hosting various shoe design courses and tuition sessions, in a tranquil garden setting.


Lasts, handmaking tools & all you need.


Materials are provided, or you are welcome to bring along your own if you have something specific in mind.



Already have some shoe making basics under your belt?

Create that masterpiece with one-on-one tuition .

Spend quality time in a fully equipped, bespoke shoemaking studio, book some extra studio time to boot!






Specific modules in pattern cutting , closing, skiving, last adjustinging, or any other shoemaking skill you wish to harness. Sessions can be booked @ a half day from $200 pp.




REPAIR and REMAKE (weekend bookings)

3 hour sessions ... $100 (excl materials) - learn to punch, sew, glue and hammer together your leather components.remake

Bring along a small wallet, belt or bag that you wish to renew or replicate and I will guide you through the steps, to help you learn how to make your own and repair rather than discard - keep your accesory wardrobe more sustainable.

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