PAUL THOMAS SHOES

Courses

Paul offers unique courses in Made to Measure Handmade Shoemaking; ideal for beginner and experienced students.

Courses are run from his Studio in Bethnal Green, London.

The course covers Last Alteration, Pattern Cutting, Clicking and Closing (preparation and construction of shoe upper), Lasting (moulding and construction of shoes), and Heel design specification and production. Additional costs for heel production £100 - £150 approx.

Students are allowed freedom of design; this course does not operate on set styles to make or generic teaching. All components of the shoe are made by the student, no pre-made components are used on the courses.

Classes are kept to a maximum of six students, allowing plenty of one to one tuition in a relaxed and informal environment. Students progress at their own speed.

It takes 80-120 hours to complete one pair of shoes depending on the complexity of the students design. With a selection of times and days to attend, allowing flexibility of attendance, classes are bookable in blocks of four sessions.

Outcome of the course is to produce a pair of self designed made to measure shoes/boots, from 2D idea through 3D mock-up; to check pattern fit and to enable students to see their design in a 3D form, at this stage design lines can be changed. The mock up is also used to check the fit of the shoe/boot.

The real pair of shoes in then cut out and made, learning and applying procedures and techniques of handmade shoemaking.

Materials provided include leather lining and leather soles, and leather for the the stiffeners, but students will be expected to purchase their own upper materials/fabrics, this will be discussed during the classes, to make sure the appropriate leather/fabric is purchased for the chosen design.

A large collection of ladies and gents lasts in all sizes are available for use.

Courses operate all year round, e-mail paul@paulthomasshoes.com for current dates of classes.


Wednesday Evening Course

Course times: 6pm – 8.30pm

Sessions: 32 - 40 sessions are required to complete one pair of shoes, depending on complexity of students chosen design.

Fees:

£195 per block of four sessions. (Monthly Payment)

or

£1560 - £1950 in total to complete one pair (Full Payment)


Friday Course

Course times: 12pm – 5pm

Sessions: 16 - 20 sessions are required to complete one pair of shoes, depending on complexity of students chosen design.

Fees:

£390 per block of four sessions. (Monthly Payment)

or

£1560 - £1950 in total to complete one pair (Full Payment)


Saturday Course

Course times: 12pm – 5pm

Sessions: 16 - 20 sessions are required to complete one pair of shoes, depending on complexity of students chosen design.

Fees:

£390 per block of four sessions. (Monthly Payment)

or

£1560 - £1950 in total to complete one pair (Full Payment)


Intensive Course

Course times: 11am – 5pm

Fees: £1940 (All materials are included additional costs for high heel production £100 - £150)

Dates: 2016

  • January 4th - 22nd
  • March 14th - 1st April
  • June 6th - 24th
  • August 1st - 19th
  • October 3rd - 21st