one on one tuition from an experienced hand in a fully equipped artisan studio

Every so often, my workbench is cleared in this tiny garden studio to put on my teaching hat.

individual tuition - tailored to suit your skillset

3 day, 6 day or leathercraft sessions

follow on modules available

simply email your course choice with preferred dates

if a booking is available - confirmation payment can be done online - easy!!


hand lasting in a shoe design module

hand cutting - leather craft course


Create that masterpiece with one-on-one tuition over 6 days

Already have some shoe making basics under your belt?

Spend quality time with specialised guidance




Book private tuition sessions

pattern cutting , closing, skiving,

last adjustinging, handsewn welting,

or any other shoemaking skill you wish to harness.

Sessions can be booked @ 3hrs from $150 pp

simply email to check for availabity.


RETURNING students who would like to follow on - options available to book extra STUDIO TIME using studio equipment at your own speed., weekend rates from $20 pr hour



2 hr tuition sessions

anyone with an interest in learning BASIC LEATHERCRAFT

What you can learn: cut, dye, punch, glue, hand-stitch,

choosing leathers, tools & components

2 hour sessions @ $95 max 2 sessions per day,

advance bookings essential

excludes materials

continue at home in your workshop, using your new skillset to repair and maintain your accessory wardrobe

If you have a particular repair project in mind, perhaps even a simple wallet to fix, a few bag handles to renew?

you are welcome to consult with me to book a short session for one on one tuition


Leathercraft Supplies

Available direct from my studio

LEATHER PIECES per square foot

SHOE COMPONENTS and materials,

There is also a large box of upcycle-able leathers and offcuts (koha)

and SHOE LASTS $40 online purchases available from my stocks of used lasts, availablity to be confirmed

send me size and shape to check if I have in stock

blues lasts

moda lasts

Spend a little time on the beautiful island of Waiheke, honing your creative skills as you learn more about the art of leather craft, from a London trained bespoke shoemaker. A qualified teacher with years of experience using traditional equipment and methods of construction. Learning to design and handmake a shoe with repairable components is the beginning to creating sustainable footwear


A bit of R & R in between classes is highly recommended - great outdoors activities and a with wide choice of places to stay.



Lasts, handmaking tools & all you need to learn about hand making shoes.

tools2bottom stock

Materials are provided

DESIGN AND CREATE a pair of shoes from scratch in 3 to 6 days

$995 to $1670 pp

no previous experience needed but an affinity to crafting and sewing, is essential

This is the most extensive course I offer which includies instruction in all aspects involved in creating a shoe from scratch, by hand

Pumps and slippers - make from KITSET patterns 3 days

OR 6 day course for classic styles including - derby, chukka boot, maryjane or simple loafer

with option of EITHER pattern cutting OR heel building modules included

what you will learn:

clicking, closing, hand-lasting - 3 day

ADDITIONAL upper design and bottom stock - making soles and heels - 6 day

Please enquire with your choice of style of shoes / length of course and preferred dates

I will send you a booking form and sizing guideline with calendar of available times

to book you pay a deposit online...easy as that!

Beginners to advanced - designed to suit your skill level

You are welcome to visit or SKYPE to discuss your requirments first


leathercraft skills

learn some basic leathercraft and make a pair of veg tanned sandals

what you will learn:

cut, punch, skive, bevel, dye,

glue, buckles, rivets

fees $340 pp inclusive of all materials

2 afternoon sessions 6 hrs


Send me contact details and I will email booking form

with style choices and foot outline guide

Bookings taken minimum 2 weeks in advance

making sandals, from here


to here ... on a weekend visit


one example from 9 simple styles



BELT MAKING class 3hrs

what you will learn:

cut, punch, skive, bevel,

dye, buckles

fees $160 pp inclusive of all materials


Mailing List

sueshoeTo get a newsletter every so often please send your name and email address to: studio@sue-engels.co.nz   and I will add you to my mailing list. If you would like to arrange a course tailored to suit , let me know what you would like to make, when you would like to attend (month) and the size you hope to use so I can offer an individual course outline to suit.

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