Shoe Making - Shoe Shine Masterclass

Learn how to clean, nurture and polish your favourite pair of leather shoes.

Shoe Making Class

2.5 hour workshop

Beginner

Hoxton N1

Shoe Making - Shoe Shine Masterclass
by Carréducker Shoe & Leather School
2.5 hour workshop
£45 per person
Flexitime
from £270 per person

Classes

2.5 hour workshop

Evening

Beautiful leather shoes are a great investment, but they do need looking after. What better way to learn than a shoe polish masterclass or “Shoe shine and moon shine” as we’ve nicknamed it!

Over a relaxed evening, we’ll show you just how satisfying cleaning and polishing a pair of shoes can be; and what amazing results you can achieve. Bring along a pair of your favourite leather shoes (no Nubuck, suede or patent please) and we’ll show you how to give them a new lease of life, whilst enjoying a glass or two of your favourite tipple – we’ve a well-stocked drinks cabinet!

You’ll be shown how to:

  • Brush off the dirt and dust
  • Clean and nourish the leather
  • Fill in the scuffs and scratches
  • Give a base polish
  • Create a military shine on the toes – glaçage

There’ll be plenty of time to chat and ask questions and, with no sharp tools involved, you’ll be perfectly safe buffing and imbibing!

(If the dates we have listed don't suit you or you'd like to bring a group of friends or colleagues along, please do email us cd@carreducker.com to see if we can find a convenient date for you).

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Thu 28 Nov 2019, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Hoxton, N1 7LJ
7 slots left

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Flexitime Class

This is a Flexitime class, which means the teacher can run this class around your schedule.

Number of people in an Obby Flexitime classYou need to be a group of 6
Days notice required in an Obby Flexitime classI need 14 days notice
Days available in an Obby Flexitime classI am only available on Thursday, Friday
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William
10 Feb
We learnt how to renovate, moisturise and feed leather shoes, followed by a complete mirror shine finish. Teachers Deborah & James are super friendly and relaxed, the atmosphere is all the more enhanced by the group and a jovial drink. The venue is great and easily accessible (Central London). It's a nice way to do something a little different, meeting new people and of course useful if you are interested in shoes and want to make sure you are looking after yours well. I highly recommend it!
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Ian Synge
21 Feb
Polishing our shoes is something we all notionally know how to do, but Deborah and James over the course of a couple of hours and accompanied by a good glass of Scotch show you that it's something to savour, to take delight in doing well, and start to understand that the very act of doing it builds a sense of content that strips away the underlying stress in life just as the polish removes dirt, wear, and tear from your shoes.

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William
10 Feb
We learnt how to renovate, moisturise and feed leather shoes, followed by a complete mirror shine finish. Teachers Deborah & James are super friendly and relaxed, the atmosphere is all the more enhanced by the group and a jovial drink. The venue is great and easily accessible (Central London). It's a nice way to do something a little different, meeting new people and of course useful if you are interested in shoes and want to make sure you are looking after yours well. I highly recommend it!
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Ian Synge
21 Feb
Polishing our shoes is something we all notionally know how to do, but Deborah and James over the course of a couple of hours and accompanied by a good glass of Scotch show you that it's something to savour, to take delight in doing well, and start to understand that the very act of doing it builds a sense of content that strips away the underlying stress in life just as the polish removes dirt, wear, and tear from your shoes.
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Adrian
26 Apr
It was an excellent evening - informative and fun. Deborah was a fantastic teacher and host, passing on her here extensive shoe-knowledge . the conversation and banter flowed as we all gave new life to well-loved favorite pairs of shes.

Class location

Hoxton
50 Chocolate Studios
7 Shepherdess Place
N1 7LJ
London

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About your host, Carréducker Shoe & Leather School

Carreducker are master handsewn shoemakers based in historic Clerkenwell, London who learned their craft the traditional way, as shoe making apprentices. Today, they make bespoke shoes for private customers and deliver the bespoke shoe service at Gieves & Hawkes on Savile Row and at James Purdey & Son in Mayfair, London.

Passionate for the heritage, handsewn craft and keen to share their skills, Carreducker have been teaching shoe making since 2006. James Ducker originally taught shoe making at Cordwainers College and Deborah Carre was a visiting lecturer in shoe and accessory design at the London College of Fashion, so teaching has always been important to them.

Since they started teaching, the number and variety of courses has grown from one three-week course to a year-round syllabus of evening, short and longer classes and courses taught by industry experts. All subjects have handsewn shoemaking and craft at their heart from footwear pattern making, shoe care & polishing, 1-to-1 tuition and shoe making masterclasses to small leather accessory saddle stitch classes. Their 12-Day intensive shoe making course is the longest running and one-of-a-kind. In just 12 days students are guided through the 200 plus steps of hand sewing a pair of shoes; starting with a rough pack of leather, a pair of shoe uppers and a pair of lasts (the blocks the shoes are made on) and finishing up with a pair of handsewn shoes they have made themselves.

Courses are taught at the Carreducker Shoe & Leather School on the Islington, Shoreditch, Hoxton borders housed appropriately in a converted factory with metal Crittal windows and exposed brickwork hinting at the buildings heritage. It is a warm, friendly and relaxed space to work in - with shoe and leather work tools hung along a long peg wall in the main work space, next to the bespoke work table and leather hides hung from the rafters in the neighbouring work room - making for a creative and inspiring space in which to learn.

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Notes

Everything is provided for the class including an apron, you just need to remember your shoes!

Age Requirement

18

Flexible cancellation policy

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

Shoe Making - Shoe Shine Masterclass
by Carréducker Shoe & Leather School
2.5 hour workshop
£45 per person
Flexitime
from £270 per person
2.5 hour workshop
from £45 per person