Shoe making courses

on Waiheke Island

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


individual tuition - designed to suit your skillset

basic leather-craft courses 1 to 2 days

shoe design & make modules 3 to 6 days

simply email your course choice from below outlines

Tell me you size if you want to do a sneaker or sandal course

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 or more days

Already have some shoe making basics under your belt?

Spend quality time with specialised guidance in a fully equipped, bespoke shoemaking studio.

Fees from $1670 for 6 days

- cover all the steps for your advanced level projects

- follow on options available to book extra STUDIO TIME using studio equipment at your own speed.




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 $180 pp

simply email to check for availabity.


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



learn some basic leathercraft skills and make a pair of sandals

what you will learn:

cut, punch, skive, bevel, dye,

glue, buckles, rivets

fees $340 pp inclusive of all materials

2 afternoon sessions


Send me contact details and I will email booking form

with style choices and foot outline guide

Bookings taken minimum 2 weeks in advance- so I can prepare your individual patterns!

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


REPAIR and RENEW 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

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 The Shoemaker's Shed.

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 island honing your creative skills as you learn more about the art of leather craft and shoe making.

A bit of R & R in between classes is highly recommended - great outdoors with wide choice of places to stay - camping & glamping to studio apartment or villa stays .



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

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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



Lil Sneakerkit a 3 hour class

what you will learn :

cut, punch and sew

no glue or machines

@ $160 pp all materials included

only one size # 20 (about 12 months)

make a tiny pair of sneakers in an afternoon

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lil sneaker

create a pair of sneakers

for a little person close to your heart

Email your details with lil sneakerkit in subject line to BOOK a SPACE


adult leather sneakers

a fun filled craft experience where you get to make your own shoe

8 hrs over 2 afternoons making time for some R&R on the island in between

Make a pair of simple LEATHER SNEAKERS hand stitched with patterns supplied.

what you will learn:

cut, punch, hand sew (easy awl or needles)

no glue or machine

Fees $340 pp inclusive of all materials

Email your details with adult sneakerkit in subject line and the size to check availability to


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Early bookings essential - soles are pre-ordered accordingly (sizes 35-45 subject to availbility).

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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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