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For the last ten years I have enjoyed putting away my bespoke apron and sharing some craft time. Every few months this tiny, fully equipped studio with all the handmaking tools you will need in learning the fundamentals in the art of shoemaking, becomes a learning hub.

course_adv2Advanced module : making soles and heels for classic t-bar

toolsMy own shoe philosophy is inclined towards the intrinsic comfort of natural materials and traditional hand-making methods which allow for a product that can be repaired - creating less waste for the planet!

There are a number of modules to choose from depending on your skillset.

All materials are provided, although you are welcome to bring along your own selection of leathers.

Learn to create a pattern for a specific style and take those individual components to hand make a pair of shoes.

This knowledge is also applicable to aspects of mass production and outsourcing (sampling and quality control).

Cordwainer`s College of London training & prior teaching qualifications help me to provide you with a high level of instruction, designed to suit different levels of skill and experience

DESIGN & MAKE your own uppers for a pair of simple sandals, slides or ballet flats on kit set soles

Make a pair of sandals or slides in 2 days- $560 pp


OR make a pair of simple ballet flats or closed toe slides in 3 days- $880 pp


(1 - 2 persons per session) no previous experience needed.

DESIGN AND CREATE a pair of slip on or simple tie shoes from scratch in 6 days

$1670 pp (1 - 2 persons per session) no previous experience needed, but an affinity to sewing, crafting and practical ability is useful.



Workshop skills introduced


making counter stiffeners and insoles






Mailing List

sueshoeTo find out more about each module and when bookings may be available, please send your details to: studio@sue-engels.co.nz   and I will send you a course outline with available dates.

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Shoe School on Waiheke Island

This is a beautiful place to visit with art studios and vineyards galore, not to mention a number of gorgeous beaches and bush walks. There are various accommodation options available to suit. Just a 35 minute ferry ride from down-town Auckland, makes for a great daytrip too.

Check out the Go Waihekeapp for more information.

MAKE a pair of sandals in a day

Cost $280 pp for the day (2 or 3 persons per session) no previous experience needed. Using a very basic toolkit and pre made patterns you can make yourself a pair of fitting sandals

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organise a group day workshop with a couple of friends



you can add a little motif or colour too, if you stay a bit longer !


Design and hand make a pair of shoes or boots from scratch - hone in your previously gained skills to create your masterpiece !

Pre-requisite: A six day module or sufficient previous shoemaking experience is essential to take up this module.

Cost between $1950 and $2600 pp including materials and depending on your skill level





Further one on one tuition sessions

Pattern cutting , sewing, skiving, last adjustinging, or any other shoemaking skill you wish to harness. Sessions can be booked @ a half day from $150 pp.