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Modern Turn Shoe | January 2020

January 23, 2020 @ 9:00 am - January 26, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

$250 – $450


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This is a 4-day shoe making class in which we will each build a custom pair of turn shoes.

In this class we begin by making a casting of your foot (they will truly be custom built), then move on to patterning and leather selection, cutting and skiving, stitching and assembly. We will be using industrial walking foot sewing machines in this class to assemble the uppers. Some sewing machine experience is helpful, but not required. Once the upper and sole are attached we move on to turning and hammering, closure and finishing, and finally cementing on a modern rubber outsole.

We cover a wide assortment of leather working techniques and tools in these classes, but at the heart of what I’m really sharing are a few simple methods of attaching upper to sole. The design or style of the upper is kind of secondary here; ;once you understand how to attach upper to sole on this pair, you are free to let imagination run wild on your next!

These are my everyday shoes. From city streets to wilderness survival adventures, this shoe is the most comfortable and durable I’ve ever worn (and I wear em hard!). The uppers are bull hide and the soles are heavy oil-tanned latigo with an outer coating of recycled ground truck tire dust mixed with barge cement. When the rubber coating wears down I simply paint more on. I recently started wearing a pair of “correct toes” and built a new pair of modern turn shoes to fit them. Turn shoes are perfect for wearing with correct toes as they are super simple shoes, and since they are custom made the can easily be built to accommodate the spacers.

This pair of shoes could easily last you for the rest of your life if well taken care of!

Space is limited to 5 students per class and they fill quickly.


January 23, 2020 @ 9:00 am
January 26, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
$250 – $450
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