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Make a pair of leather sneakers in a day

Join me on in my Bristol studio for a day of making and craft yourself your own pair of bespoke leather sneakers. This is a fun yet challenging day of learn...
£160 pp
6hrs 30min
What happens in this class?

Join me on in my Bristol studio for a day of making and craft yourself your own pair of bespoke leather sneakers. This is a fun yet challenging day of learning new skills. The class size is limited to a maximum of 4 people to ensure you get plenty of one to one attention!

You will first cut out the leather uppers from a pattern before making stitching holes and lacing holes with specialist leather tools which are provided. You will then have the option to sew on additional details and fix metal eyelets on the lacing holes. Finally, you…

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Things to remember

Please let me know which sole size you will need. I order in the soles and will need to know your size no less than one week prior to the workshop date.

Size 36 is 23.9cm long Size 37 is 24.6cm long Size 38 is 25.1cm long…

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Is this suitable for beginners?
Yes! I shall guide you through each step of the process so that you'll feel confident and learn the basic skills needed to make your sneakers.
I'm not very strong or able bodied, will I struggle?
Cutting leather, punching holes in leather and sewing leather can be hard work physically and requires some degree of strength and mobility in your hands. I can help with some of these aspects.
Is your workshop wheelchair accessible?
Yes, my studio is on the ground floor and there are no stairs. I have a normal height table for wheelchair users to work at. The toilet is on the same floor but hasn't been adapted for wheelchair users.
Do I get to choose the colour of my sneakers?
Yes! I have a wide range of coloured leather for you to choose from. You can add a back tab in a different colour and/or choose contrasting or matching thread to sew your leather uppers to your soles.
Is there parking?
There are only 4 parking spaces for the building which unfortunately cannot be booked. On street parking with parking tickets are available (max time is 3 hours but you can pop out and move your car to another bay!)
What do I do for lunch?
I'll provide teas/coffee and cake/biscuits and we'll take a short lunch break. There are plenty of independent cafe's nearby in Stokes Croft to grab lunch.
Booking Options
Private BookingFor groups of 2 to 4 guests

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Flexible cancellation policy

Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.
Your Teacher

Esther set up Leather Needle Thread in 2016 teaching handbag making workshops in Bristol, UK. Having guided over 300 people to make their own DIY leather bags (and the odd espadrille and leather sneaker!) from scratch she learnt what they found challenging, what they enjoyed and how they developed a sense of pride in their abilities.

Esther has been a leatherworker for over 10 years and studied bag design and construction at the London College of Fashion before going on to work in the industry as a leatherworker and sample maker. The bag making kits were dreamed up because she…

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Class Location
Leather Needle Thread
Studio 2, Apperley Studios
1 St Andrews Road