Shoe Making: Creating Footwear by Hand


42 hours




Brunswick Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


Are you interested in the craft of designing and making footwear by hand? Learn the art of shoe making with an industry expert and make yourself an amazing pair of low heeled ballet flats or unisex Derby simple lace ups. Over this 42 hour foundational footwear course you will have the opportunity to familiarise with the skills and techniques required for shoe making. The course is conducted in a fabulously equipped specialised leather working studio at RMIT's Brunswick campus where traditional technique combines with state-of-the-art resources and expert tuition.

Course content

  • Pattern making
  • Cutting leather by hand
  • Leather skiving
  • Leather folding (beading)
  • Leather sewing
  • Hand lasting
  • Finishing


There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

More details


No prior knowledge or experience is necessary for this introductory course.

Materials supplied

All materials, including black or brown leather, for the course are supplied. Tools will be available for use within the department.

Materials to bring

Please bring a sketchbook and pencils to sketch with and an eraser.

Suited to

Participants who wish to gain the basic skills making shoes.


Students will learn how to make a pair of low heeled court shoes (ballet flats) OR a pair of Derby shoes (simple unisex lace-ups) from pattern cutting to completion.

Upon finishing the course you will receive a RMIT Certificate of Completion. You can use this as a record to demonstrate the outcomes covered in the course.

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