Shoe Making 

4 Day Fall Course
Course is full!

December 1 - 4, 2021

Learn the craft of shoe making in this challenging new four-day course, held in the Boots and Shoes department at the Stratford Festival. 

Create a pair of basic leather oxfords for your own feet, based on personal measurements you provide in advance of the course.  Patterns will be drafted for you, in accordance with these measurements. 

The oxford provides the foundation for all styles of shoes; and skills you learn here may be applied to repairs on most theatrical or street shoes. 

In this course students will learn and expand on the following skills:

  • Discover the anatomy of a shoe and learn how all the parts fit together 

  • Cut pieces of leather for the upper of the shoes, and sew them together

  • Attach insoles to the lasts and pull the leather uppers over the lasts

  • Add soles and heels to the shoes  

The end product will be a pair of oxfords students can proudly wear home.

Because of the specialized tools and machinery provided, class size will be limited to four students. Note: as a follow-up, shoes may also be sewn by hand, as long as the maker has the use of lasts.


All students are expected to show proof of vacination!

Cost: $625

Cost: - includes leather and materials needed to make a pair of shoes


Time:  9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Factory 163

163 King Street

Stratford, On

N5A 4S2

Target enrolment: 4 students

For more information, contact:
Susan Starkweather, Program Advisor