This introductory training in artisan shoemaking teaches how to handmake a pair of totally wearable sandals in the size chosen by the apprentices. Along the way, they will execute all the consecutive steps of a handmade shoe one by one. At the end, they will achieve an overview of all the processes involved in this discipline.
It starts with a fisherman-type sandal pattern with crossed straps previously made by the atelier. With that cut already prepared in advance, the sandal is assembled or built on a wooden last. To do this, traditional assembly tools are used.
About the teachers and the place
Qualified master shoemakers, Ignacio Aldanondo and Catuxa Fernández, have received the National Prize for Innovation in Crafts in 2019. The classes are face-to-face at Aldanondo y Fdez’s atelir at calle Notariat, 5 in Barcelona (Rabal area, near MACBA museum).
What does the introductory workshop to artisan shoemaking include?
- Leather and necessary materials for the assembly of a pair of sandals. It includes a pattern or leather cut already prepared for assembly.
- Use of the necessary tools and machines.
- Rental of a wooden last during assembly.
Duration and schedule
Up to 16 hours. You can join a group of 4 sessions of 4 hours a day by checking the dates published below or choose the flexible schedule option where apprentices learn at their pace following their own schedule in available hours.