Make Your Own Trainers with Alex Florea


Learn to make your own trainers! In this class we'll show you how to work with leather and hand-stitch your own trainers starting with a rubber sole from Sneakerkit. 

There are four styles to choose from: super low rise, low rise, high rise or super high rise trainers. Each style is made with two side panels, a back strap and a tongue. We will provide a variety of leather options to choose from to customise your trainers. We will also show you stitching options to personalise them. 

The unisex size range is 36.5, 37.5, 39, 40, 41.5, 43, 44.5. Please let us know your size preference at checkout! If you have any questions or concerns about sizing we can send you a template of the sole after booking so you can check what size will be most suitable for you. 

About your teacher: Alex is a sewer and blogger passionate about building a stylish and sustainable wardrobe. In her 10 years sewing journey, she's learned loads from some fantastic industry trained teachers, bitter experience and by just getting stuck right in. She even sewed on the telly as part of season 3 of the Great British Sewing Bee in 2015. She loves teaching and sharing her experience on sewing things sustainably that you will love for a long time.

Skills needed: No previous experience is required. However using the punch tools and sewing leather requires hand-strength and dexterity. 

Materials: All materials will be provided for this class, including classic tan leather similar to the shoes pictured. You are welcome to bring your own material if you have something specific in mind - material must be 2mm thick. Trainer shoelaces will be provided, which you may wish to switch out at a later date depending on what material you choose.

Maximum class size: 8

Length: 6.5 hours

Location: The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square NW6 2BR

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