Create A Custom Pair of Shoes in One Day

Hoboken, New York, United States

Experience hosted by Rebecca

  1. 9.5 hours
  2. Hosted in English
A local favorite
Often booked by people who live nearby.

What you'll do

*Special Discount — Bring a friend and you'll both save 25%!*

Once you’ve arrived the morning of the class, we’ll review material and color options and once you’ve decided on those, cut the uppers from our existing patterns. You’ll then sew the upper pieces together and pull the sewn uppers around the shoe last (this is called “lasting”). Next step is to attach the pre-prepared outsoles to the lasted uppers, then remove the partially-completed shoe from the last, slip in a comfort insole, and you’ll have a completed pair of vegan shoes to wear home and brag about on Instagram!

Please note: The first step actually occurs after you’ve signed up for the class, and before you arrive for class. With at least three days’ notice, I’ll request your shoe size and design choice so that I can prepare your outsoles (this takes me about 3-4 hours per pair, so I wouldn’t be able to do this on the day of class). Some examples of the styles available include the low/flat pump, casual oxford, chukka boot and simple sneaker. If you’re having a hard time deciding or want to make something else, just let me know and we can discuss it!

COVID-19 Advisory: I am currently limiting each class to just three people maximum to ensure everyone's safety with adequate social distancing. :)

Please reach out with any questions!
*Special Discount — Bring a friend and you'll both save 25%!*

Once you’ve arrived the morning of the class, we’ll review material and color options and once you’ve decided on those, cut the uppers from our existing patterns. You’ll then sew the upper pieces together and pull the sewn uppers around the shoe last (this is called “lasting”). Next step is to attach the pre-prepared outsoles to the lasted uppers, then remove the partially-c…

What's included

  • Equipment
    Sewing machine, cutting tools, gluing station, respirator, vegan leathers,...

Meet your Host, Rebecca

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 8 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I'm a professional shoemaker who studied the craft in pursuit of my bachelor's degree at MIAD, deciding to make it my lifelong pursuit when I enrolled at the London College of Fashion in 2009.

Upon completion of the shoemaking program in 2011, I moved to New York to work in corporate footwear until 2015 when I went out on my own to make shoes by hand full-time. I went vegan in 2017 and launched a vegan shoe line called Loyal Footwear, the only one of its kind in the United States.

I have spent the last two years traveling the world sourcing the best materials available for my own line, successfully crowdfunding $50K+ via Kickstarter in the summer of 2019. I have taught shoemaking for years, and I am excited to share my experience and workshop with others to help them make their very own pair of custom shoes in just one day!
I'm a professional shoemaker who studied the craft in pursuit of my bachelor's degree at MIAD, deciding to make it my lifelong pursuit when I enrolled at the London College of Fashion in 2009.

Upon completion of the shoemaking program in 2011, I moved to New York to work in corporate footwear until 2015 when I went out on my own to make shoes by hand full-time. I went vegan in 2017 and launched a vegan shoe line called Loyal Footwear, the only one of its kind in the United States.…
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Where you'll be

We'll be working out of the bright, quiet studio I make shoes in every day. You'll have access, with my guidance, to the equipment and tools I use to make the entire Loyal Footwear line (from mules and sneakers to boots and booties).

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 8 reviews.

Gregory
May 2021
This was an awesome experience - Rebecca is extremely knowledgeable, super friendly, a great teacher, and a master of shoe making. Our shoes turned out great and we learned a ton! Would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in making their own pair.
Shweta
March 2021
I had an excellent experience with Rebecca.  At first I was a little unsure since this experience felt pricey. But i left the experience feeling totally content. Rebecca reached out to me a week before the experience to understand what I wanted to build. Pumps are typically hard to build for a 1st timer who doesnt understand shoe construction. But Rebecca offered to do some pre work that would set us up well. On the day of experience she was thorough, considerate, forthcoming, and unreserved. She started me off slow - getting me to cut the upper and lining fabric while she handled the midsole and shank. she is quite talkative about the different techniques, manufacturers, challenges. Goes without saying she is very knowledgeable about her art having done this for several brands including her own on Kickstarter. Fast forward to the end of the day we were able to get a beautiful set of pumps ready for me to take home! I've made a friend in Rebecca and a shoe mentor out of her. Experience was worth every dollar!!
Indigo
December 2020
My fiancée and I gifted this workshop to each other for our anniversary and it was such an amazing thing to do together. It took all day but it flew by. We left with two pairs of beautiful and unique boots that look and feel like us. Rebecca is super helpful and a great instructor. She gave us space to do it ourselves but offered assistance when we needed it. She taught us how to not be wasteful in our tracing and cutting, and we learned about the different ways shoes were made in the past vs today. All around a great experience and with such an amazing take-home element, it’s well worth it. Also, Sully the greyhound’s surprise visit was an added bonus.
Lindi
February 2020
This class was an absolute blast! Rebecca has loads of deep knowledge, but doesn't overwhelm you with it. She is a joy to be around and really helped and encouraged me to make a shoe I would love. The facility is really hip and you feel immersed in what you are doing. Sully and Curtis were excellent additions and I just had a blast. I even learned loads! The chukka boot I made it going to be a crowd pleaser! Thanks to Rebecca for an exceptional experience. I had a such a mellow and fun time. Great people, great experience.
Jackie
February 2020
Such a wonderful experience to appreciate and learn how shoes are made. I love that this is a vegan-friendly course and had many beautiful styles and materials to choose from. You can't beat the feeling of coming home with a pair of shoes YOU made from scratch.

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Things to know

Guest requirements

You’ll need a photo that matches the one on your ID to confirm who’s actually going on this experience.
Guests ages 13 and up can attend, up to 3 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.