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Make your Own Shoes

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Make your Own Shoes

  • SEFAA 3420 West Hospital Avenue Chamblee, GA, 30341 United States (map)

Make one-of-a-kind leather shoes for your feet using up to three colors of leather! Start with tin patterns for Pathfinder-style Oxford Shoes (designed in the 1920's by Edward Mathews, founder of the Cordwainer Shop), and learn the art of shoemaking by hand, including pattern making, leather cutting, hand-lacing, and lasting. You'll leave with unique, truly comfortable footwear that you'll wear proudly for years.

Molly Grant saw her first Cordwainer Shoes at the NH Craftsmen's Fair when she was 10 years old. She began her own leatherworking journey in her early 20's, first on her own and then as an apprentice at the Black Swan Leather Shop at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth New Hampshire. In 1989, she was juried into the League of NH Craftsmen, selling her handbags at the annual Fair. There she met Paul Mathews, owner of the Cordwainer Shop, and within months was learning the cordwainer craft. She still makes handbags, but these days her focus is on teaching shoemaking and handbag workshops across the country.

Cost: $600 course fee ($250 supply fee); discount for Homestead Atlanta Members (with Member Discount Code.); student scholarship available - follow link to find out more.

Your support helps us provide the education to build a more resilient Atlanta. Save on workshops by becoming a member today for only $5 a month!

Earlier Event: October 27
Weaving 101 [Sat & Sun]
Later Event: November 1
Serger 101