Monday, May 22, 2006

DIY kicks

Man, I had just stumbled across a link to Rotering Shoes, an incredible-looking shoemaking workshop, and then TCA reader Anne forwarded me an email from owner Sarah Rotering announcing the fact that it's closing up shop this summer. What a bummer - DIY cobbling is where it's at - especially in this city, where shoe shopping frankly sucks (anyone care to prove me wrong? Pretty please do!). Here's a note about their final workshop - act fast as classes are teensy:

Rotering Shoes will be closing its doors this August. Before that happens, I'll be offering a final round of introductory shoemaking classes.

The project for this class is to design and fully create a pair of mules or slides. You will learn the basics of designing on the last, creating and cutting a pattern, skiving and stitching leather, lasting, and applying the outsole. At the end of the course you will have designed and made yourself a pair of beautiful, wearable shoes.

If you are interested, please contact me and I will add you to the list, and explain payment. You may phone (416-596-9854) or

Please look over the following schedules and see if any of the dates are convenient for you.


Starting Wednesday May 31, 6-9pm

Wed June 7, 6-9pm
SATURDAY June 10, 11-3pm (Please note: this is not a Wednesday eve!)

Wed June 14, 6-9pm

Wed June 21, 6-9pm

Wed June 28, 6-9pm

These take place Monday to Friday, during daylight hours.
June 12- 16, 10-4pm

July 3-7,10-4pm

July 17-21, 10-4pm

Each class costs $575, which includes all tools and materials. A deposit of $175 is needed to hold your place. Classes are comprised of four people, and if fewer than three register, a class may be cancelled.

Thank you, and have a happy shoemaking summer!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa! that is so awesome...though really sad that they are closing...Thanks for the tip..I will have to find the money somehow...

2:54 p.m.  
Blogger Colette said...

"where shoe shopping frankly sucks (anyone care to prove me wrong? Pretty please do!)"

No, I can't prove you wrong -- I happen to agree.

Glad I found you!!

11:41 p.m.  

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