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    Sandal Making

    Chicago School of Shoemaking
    Sandals: the perfect comfort footwear for almost every occasion. With the right sandals, you can look equally stunning running around the city or frolicking at the beach. In this hands-on workshop, learn how to hand-craft your very own pair of sandals from scratch, using a variety of soling and strap designs. Choosing from a wide selection of hardware and leathers, you'll create and install straps, attach buckles, and decorate your sandals with the findings and hardware available. The best part is that you'll be able to show off your creation on the walk home. After mastering this valuable skill, you'll never want to buy another pair of shoes from the store again!
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    Leather Work 101

    Chicago School of Shoemaking
    What do you have in common with cowboys, bikers, and rock stars? You all have an affinity for leather! In this introduction to leather work class, you will choose from 4-6 projects along with a variety of leathers and hardware. You'll be able to modify and create your own patterns as well. This is a fun, easy class that gives you a chance to make a few things out of leather, such as a cuff, a clutch or a wallet. You can give them away as gifts or just add them to your impressive, ever-growing collection of leather accessories.
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    Moccasin Making

    Chicago School of Shoemaking
    There's an old saying: "Buy a man a pair of shoes and you cover his feet for a year. Teach a man how to make shoes and you cover his feet for a lifetime." Learn how to create a pair of moccasins from scratch using only your bare hands, basic equipment, and your imagination. You'll choose from an array of colorful suedes for the body, as well as contrasting colors and hardware for the trim and decorations. As you master these tools of the trade, craft a pair of comfortable and stylish moccasins that you'll be able to wear for years to come. If you've always dreamed of becoming Ron Swanson, this class will bring you one step closer to that goal!
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    Shoe Making: Patterns

    Chicago School of Shoemaking
    Do you own a closet full of shoes? Or feel an irresistible urge to stop and gaze every time you pass by a shoe store window display? Maybe you missed your calling as a shoemaker! This full-day workshop will teach you the basics of shoe pattern making so you can map out those custom shoe designs that are floating around in your head just like a professional. Your instructor will focus on helping you develop a basic understanding of shoe structure, and how to design and modify shoes suitable for any foot size or type. You'll then gain hands on experience in creating sketches that can be used to bring your shoe creations to life. Get ahead in life, one foot (read: shoe) at a time!
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