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Shoemaking with the Cordwainer Shop

Course Overview

Learn the age-old art of being a cordwainer. Using the original patterns designed in the mid-1930s by Paul and Edward Mathews of The Cordwainer Shop, Molly will teach you to hand-stitch and hand-lace your own pair of Cordwainer Classics of the same design worn by Hollywood legends such as Caesar Romero, Shirley Temple, Mary Pickford and the original Henry Ford. Class will begin with a brief presentation on the history of the business and the original designs. Then we will move on to leather and color selection, cutting of patterns, and hand lacing using antique hand tools. The uppers will then be laced to the soles, placed on shoe lasts and baked before finishing. Made of non-synthetic materials, your handmade, one-of-a-kind shoes will only get better with time and last a lifetime with care. Upon enrolling, students will be sent a foot outline form, with explicit directions, to be sent back to the instructor prior to class.  Students can choose to add a crepe sole or dress lightweight tread for an additional cost of $50. NOTE: Due to materials preparation needs and sizing, students must register for this course at least six weeks in advance.


Mon, Jun 24th, 2019  –  Thu, Jun 27th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 3½ Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: Days 1-3: 9am-5pm; Day 4: 9am-1pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $570.00
Includes materials fee of $220.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Upon enrolling, students will be sent a foot outline form with explicit directions to be sent back to the instructor prior to class.

Optional Tools

  • Sharp pair of scissors for cutting leather

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.