Become the shoemaker you’ve dreamed of with start-to-finish shoemaking classes in Asheville, NC.
Asheville Shoemaking classes offer the
you need to create your custom pair of shoes.
Experience the SATISFACTION of walking around in beautiful shoes made by your own two hands!
Gain the SKILLS you need with the tools and step-by-step INSTRUCTIONS for successful shoemaking.
Choose Your Style
10th Century Scandinavian Turnshoe
The Scandinavian Turn Shoe is a 10th century style shoe with a thin leather sole similar to a moccassin. This shoe style is made inside out and then turned right-side-out so that the stitching ends up on the inside.
Internal Stitchdown Shoe
The internal stitch down is a more modern style of shoe that uses the same one piece upper and flap construction as in my Turn Shoe class but attaches to a commercial Vibram brand sole. Sole styles can be chosen for traction on terrain, cushioning on cement, or even straight leather for use on the dance floor.
Choose Class Dates
TurnShoe Class Dates
The class is four 8 hour days, running from 9am-5pm each day, with sewing home work / evening work on the 3rd day. The cost of the class is $525. All supplies, materials, and tool usage fees are included in the price of the class.
Only hand tools are used in the making of this style of shoe. Students will complete one pair of shoes during the 4 day class.
December 7-10, 2023
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Stitchdown Class Dates
The class is four 9 hour days, running from 9am-6pm each day, with sewing home work / evening work on the 3rd day.The cost of the class is $575. All supplies, materials, and tool usage fees are included in the price of the class.
The shoes are mostly made with hand tools but there is a small amount of power tool usage in the making of this style of shoe. Students will complete one pair of shoes during the 4 day class.
Not Currently Scheduled
“The process of wrapping a protective layer of leather around our feet is 40,000 years old and, like fire, is one of the elements that defines us as humans.”
~ Instructor Michael Ismerio
“Michael is a master teacher. Each step is spelled out on paper as well in class. AND he makes it fun. I have been so proud to wear my turn shoes. I would love to do it again!”