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Shoemaking Schools/Colleges

Shoemaking Schools, Worldwide.

Finding a school to learn shoemaking is difficult as there are not very many of them anywhere in the world. This list was started to help students find a place to study. If you know of a school that is not
on this list, please let me know and I will add it.

I do not endorse any of these establishments specifically, this list is purely to assist people wishing to access a school which teaches footwear manufacture.

Obviously shoemaking/boot making can be learnt at home, but if you can get some sort of assistance when starting out, it will make your job easier.

There is so much information to absorb, like the use of tools, and how to hold them, that are difficult to grasp from a book, and learning from an experienced teacher can be of immense help, and cut down the learning time.





Douglas Mawson Institute of Tafe - Adelaide
RMIT - Melbourne
Luna Newby - Hobart
CAE - Melbourne
Andrew McDonald - Sydney
Tactile Learning Centre - Brisbane
Steppin Out - Sydney
Prescott and Mackay- Melbourne
School of Footwear - Sydney


Sorrell Custom Boots - Oklahoma
Jeanne Bjorn - Denver, Colorado
Shoe School - Port Townsend, Seattle
Simple Shoemaking - Shutesbury, MA
Hunter College - NY
D.W. Frommer 2 School of Western Bootmaking - Redmond, OR.
Tex Robin - Western Boots.
Green Country Technology Center - Okmulgee, OK.
Don Atkinson's Bootmaking School - Ingram, TX
R.I.Merrell Institute of Bootmaking - Vernal, Utah
Jewish Community Center in Manhattan - NY
Healthy Handmade Shoes - Lexington, VA
FIT - NY or - Eustace Curt Robinson, lecturer
C.T. Chappell Bootmaking School - Saint Jo, TX
The Shoe College - Jerome, AZ
Tex Robin Cowboy boot Seminars - Abilene, TX (email to trboots AT sbcglobal DOT net)
Llorraine Neithardt's ShoeFineArt - NY
Bonney and Wills School of Shoemaking and Design - Ashland, OR
Western Bootmaker - Ashland, OR
The Cobblettes with Emily Putterman-Handler - NY
Carreducker Shoemaking School- USA
Schwarz Custom Boots - Dillon, Montana
Chicago School of Shoemaking - Chicago
Prescott and Mackay- San Francisco / New York.
Shoemaking Course - Marcell Mrsan
RISD - Rhode Island School of Design
Anne Verploegh Chasse - NY
Ars Sutoria - NY & Boston
K* Shoes & Brooklyn Shoe Space - New York
Romango Shoes- OR
Mattimore Theatre Costumers- Wyoming


Nasser Veis - Toronto
The Art & Sole Academy - Toronto


Paul Thomas Shoes
London College of Fashion- All courses
London College of Fashion- Short courses
Prescott and Mackay
Leicester College of Technology - Leicester
University of Northampton - Northampton
Trading Places Footwear Courses - Northampton
BLC Leather Technology Center - Northampton
University of Bolton - Bolton
De Montfort University - Leicester
Carreducker Shoemaking School - London
The Parachute Collective - London


Snug Shoe School
Kagami Method Shoe school

Saruwaka Footwear College
 - Saruwaka
Moge Workshop

Hiro shoe workshop

Hirata-Oug workshop

Zendai shoe workshop

Cool Strutting

Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry
 - (Tokyo school offers shoemaking)
Vantan Career School

Institute of Footwear Design & Technique

Shoe Design and Craft School


Ars Sutoria - Milan
 - San Mauro Pascoli Polimoda 
Footwear & Accesories Design
 (undergraduate level) - Firenze Polimoda 
Masters in Advanced Fashion Footwear Design
- Firenze Polimoda
Master in Shoe and Bag Collection Design - Firenze Polimoda
Istituto Europeo Design
 - Rome.
Scam Training
 - Montegranaro
Politecnico Calzaturiero
 - Capriccio di Vigonza
IPSIA Filippo Bottazi
 - Casarano
 - Verona
Accademia Riaci
 - Firenze
Moda Pelle Academy
 - Milano
Art e School
 - Florence
Università IUAV di Venezia
- Venezia
Ceseca Innovazione SRL. - Lucca
Manuela Mari Studio - Nr Florence


Escuela de Diseño y Artes Aplicadas - Palma de Mallorca


Deutsche Schuhfachschule- Pirmasens
Paul-Ehrlich-Schule - Frankfurt am Main


Koronya Handmade Shoes - Budapest, Marcell has classes in other parts of the world too.


Central Footwear Training Institute (cfti) - Agra
Computerised Footwear Design Centre
Footwear Design & Development Institute
 (FDDI) - Noida
Central Footwear Training Centre
 - Chennai, Tamil Nadu
K.A.R. Institute
- Ambur
List of Schools in India

Fashion and Technology Colleges in India

A.P. Footwear Design Centre
 - Hyderabad
NIFT Campus
 - Chennai
N.I.F.T. Institute
 - Chennai
More Schools
 - India
Prannath Parnami Institute of Footwear Technology - Hisar


B.C.L.T. - Bangladesh College Leather Technology - Dhaka


S.H.R.D.C. - Selangor Human Resource Development Centre - Kuala Lumpur


TFRI - Taichung

South America

C.I.A.T.E.C - Mexico
Leather and Footwear Technology Center - Brazil
Centro Nacional del Calzado y Manufactura del Cuero
 - Colombia
Centro de Treinamento Senai
 - Goias, Brazil
 - Bogotà, Colombia
Universidad Industrial de Santander
 - Bucamaranga, Colombia


Melker shoes - Hackå
Ludvig Gustafsson- Linköping, Medieval shoemaking whithout lasts, only.


CVO Waas en Durme - Lokeren
Syntra West - Roesselare, Brugge
Academie Sint Niklaas


Shaanxi university of science and technology - Shaanxi
Cita Clothing Industry Training Authority
 - Kowloon, Hong Kong
Guangdong Baiyu
n Vocational Technical College
 - Guangzhou, Guangdong Province


The Guild - Tel Aviv


HAMK University of applied sciences - Southern Finland
Sataedu Kankaanpää
- Kankaanpää


Les Compagnons Du Devoir - Paris and Lyon


TASEV Shoe Technical and Industry Vocational High School - Istanbul
Gerede Vocational School - Gerede
Atatürk Kız Teknik ve Meslek Lisesi- İzmir


Azad university - Tehran


Jouw Stoute Schoenen  - Amsterdam
Dutch Health Tec Academy- Utrecht
SLEM-Waalwijk - Waalwijk


Rozlegprom - Moscow

New Zealand

Sue Engels - Waiheke Island
Shoe School - Dunedin


Technical University of Crete- Crete


Gheorghe Asachi Technical University- Iasi

Czech Republic

Tomas Bata University Faculty of Technolo- Zlin


NCR- Lagos

Online Shoemaking Course

Shoemaking Courses Online- online only


Zwickmuehle- Brienz


Academia de Design e Calçado- S. JOÃO DA MADEIRA


Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design- Lahore