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The Princess Royal College of Animal Management and Saddlery, London.
Head of School: Christina Bevan
Tel: 0303 003 1234
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Start: September
Duration: 1 year full-time
Available at: Enfield

If you have any questions about this course, please call us on 0303 003 1234 or email Sue Saunders.

This in-depth shoemaking course offers a unique introduction to the industry and an opportunity to learn all aspects of footwear pattern-cutting and making. Before beginning the production of footwear you will be introduced to:

  • footwear pattern cutting
  • foot anatomy
  • size-fitting systems
  • using contemporary lasts and last measurements.

You will also be guided through the many styles of shoe, the types of leather used in the shoe industry and what leather works best with what shoe.


You will:

  • have access to the full range of industrial equipment used in the shoemaking process
  • learn how to click (cut leather by hand)
  • prepare and fit the many components involved with shoemaking, including the linings, insoles, stiffeners and heel coverings.

The course is taught through practical demonstrations and hands-on workshops.
It will cover information on suppliers and tools as well as how to create and complete a sample specification ticket used in the industry.

At the end of the course you will have produced 4 or 5 pairs of shoes, a comprehensive set of reference notes and supporting patterns for all the shoes.


Entry requirements
You will need at least one of the following:

  • at least four GCSEs at grade 4 and above (A* to C)
  • overall Distinction in a Diploma (Level 2) or equivalent
  • an interest in craft, fashion or creative skills
  • elevant prior learning or experience gained in an appropriate professional environment will be considered.

What next?
Successful completion of this course will allow you to begin a career in shoemaking or progress to a footwear design foundation degree at De Montfort University, the London College of Fashion or University of Northampton. If you want to move into fashion or leatherwear you could take our Worshipful Company of Cordwainers’ Diploma in Saddle, Harness and Bridle Making.

Last updated: 11 Sept 2019