Shoe Making Course

Learn to sew and make your own shoes at this class in London.

Eli Wislocka

Eli Wislocka
(Love and Salvage)


2 x 5 hours Class size 1 to 2     label £145 - £170 (£170 per guest when you book for 1 guest, £155 for 2 guests, £145 for 3+ guests)

Whether you're a self-confessed sneakerhead looking for a challenge or you're just on the hunt for fun things to do in London with a friend, this two-day shoemaking workshop could be just for you!

Learn from a fantastic local teacher, who'll show you how to design and make your perfect kicks from start to finish. From basic sewing techniques and leather cutting to assembling your finished shoe, you'll pick up a selection of new skills and get to grips with every stage of the creative process.

Day one:

  • Deciding on your shoe style.
  • Cutting the pattern.
  • Designing details.

Day two:
  • Choosing and cutting leathers.
  • Understanding construction.
  • Learning to hand-stitch leather.
  • Assembling your shoes.

Got a partner that's obsessed with sneakers? Bring them along and master the sewing basics as a pair, it's one of the best London activities for creative couples!

By the end of your two-day course, you'll have an amazing pair of DIY shoes that perfectly reflect your style and all the knowledge you need to continue crafting in the future.

Please note:
  • This course needs to be booked three weeks in advance as soles need to be ordered.

Knowledge required
What you'll get
  • All materials and equipment needed to create your shoes.
  • Refreshments including tea, coffee and snacks are provided.
What to bring
  • Just yourself.
Session repeats

After the first session, subsequent sessions can be arranged with the teacher, at a time that suits you.

Eli Wislocka is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines. They won't run this class if they've had a continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in their normal sense of taste or smell, in the last 14 days.

Additional precautions taken: Provide hand sanitiser; Disinfect equipment


Unit 12, 17 Argall Avenue, E10 7QE

Your teacher
Eli Wislocka
Eli Wislocka
(Love and Salvage)


Hi! I'm Eli, a designer-maker and the founder of Love and Salvage, a brand that transforms waste leather into beautiful handmade accessories. Our mission is to use what we have to create fun and functional accessories, keeping potential waste out of the landfill and in circulation for as long as possible.

I run workshops for anyone that is interested in creating their own designs, no matter the skill level - complete beginners are welcome! Classes are kept small, with lots of guidance and one-to-one support. You'll learn all about patterns, work with different materials and get to grips with a variety of tools. The workshops are a friendly ethical way to get into leather crafting. So please get in touch if you would like to do a workshop or have a project idea in mind.

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