Once you’ve arrived the morning of the class, we’ll review material and color options and once you’ve decided on those, cut the uppers from our existing patterns. You’ll then sew the upper pieces together and pull the sewn uppers around the shoe last (this is called “lasting”). Next step is to attach the pre-prepared outsoles to the lasted uppers, then remove the partially-completed shoe from the last, slip in a comfort insole, and you’ll have a completed pair of vegan shoes to wear home and brag about on Instagram! Please note: the first step actually occurs after you’ve signed up for the class, and before you arrive for class. With at least two days’ notice, I’ll need to know your shoe size and design choice so that I can prepare your outsoles (this takes me about 3-4 hours per pair, so I wouldn’t be able to do this on the day of class). The style options available for women are an almond-toe flat, casual oxford and a sneaker. Men can choose between a chukka boot and a sneaker. If you’re having a hard time deciding, just let me know and we can discuss it!
I'm a professional shoemaker who studied the craft briefly in pursuit of my bachelor's degree, deciding to make it my lifelong pursuit when I enrolled at the London College of Fashion in 2009. Upon completion of the shoemaking program in 2011, I moved to New York City to work in corporate footwear until 2015 when I went out on my own to make shoes full-time. I went vegan in 2017 and launched a vegan shoe line called Loyal Footwear, the only one of its kind in the United States. I have spent the last two years traveling the world sourcing the best vegan materials available for my own line, successfully crowdfunding $50K+ via Kickstarter and Indiegogo in the summer of 2019. I have taught shoemaking for years, and I am excited to share my experience and my small shoe factory with others to help them make their own vegan pair of custom shoes!
Sewing machine, cutting tools, gluing station, respirator, vegan leathers, components, inserts, etc. — everything you need to…
We'll be working out of the bright, quiet studio I make shoes in every day. You'll have access, with my guidance, to the equipment and tools I use to make the entire Loyal Footwear line (from mules and sneakers to boots and booties).
No need to bring anything at all!
The class will run from 10:00am to approximately 7:30pm, with a break for lunch at around 2:00pm. My gentle greyhound is sometimes with me, and people love him. But if you're uncomfortable with dogs for any reason just let me know and I'll keep him at home!