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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 sewing, is useful.




Most slip-on or lace up styles - derby, chukka boot, maryjane, pump or simple loafer are suitable for this course.


MAKE a pair of sneakers or sandals in 2 days

Make a pair of simple leather sneakers, hand stitched with patterns and materials supplied. 2 sessions to complete, 10 am till 3pm. Fees $340 pp, inclusive of all materials and a light lunch. No previous experience needed, usually between 2 & 5 per session


Hand stitch the upper to new sneaker soles with cushioned inserts - Vegan and upcycled options can be arranged. Early bookings are a must - the foot sizing is essential to take part in the sneaker course as soles are ordered in accordingly.


Make a pair of simple leather sandals. Patterns and materials supplied. No machine stitching. 2 sessions to complete, 10 am till 3pm with a lunch break. Fees $290 pp, inclusive of all materials and some simple refreshments. No previous experience needed, usually between 2 & 4 per session)

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MAKE a pair of ballet flats in 3 days

$995 pp (1 - 2 persons per session) no previous experience needed, but an affinity to sewing, is useful. Patterns and materials supplied, with kitset options available to order after the course. 10am to 5pm with an hour for lunch.

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

STUDIO TIME for those with 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

For "course graduates" TOOL KITS (from $135) and SHOE LASTS ( from $30 pr) can be sourced for you on request.

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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

Every so often my studio transforms into a tiny shoe-schoolroom, hosting various shoe design courses and workshop 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.




Courses - Mailing List

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

Early bookings are advised - course spaces and sized components are limited.

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.

please note:

* All course shoes are made on standard lasts and patterns without an allowance for any with made to measure sizing. That would be an optional extra.

* At certain times of the year accomodation can be in short supply on the island so its a good idea to book in advance!