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Instructor: Connie Puetz | Nov 25/26 & Dec 2/3, 2023

Learn the craft of shoemaking in this challenging four-day course.



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Pay a deposit of $200.00 per item
Shoes plain to painted squared

Course Description

In this introductory footwear workshop, you will learn how to take modern footwear and make it appropriate for many theatrical applications, including period pieces. This workshop will prepare you to work on footwear for stage, cosplay, or film.

During this four-day course, students will learn:

  • basic terminology of footwear and shoes of different periods of footwear through the ages
  • how to change the appearance of footwear, from basic paint techniques to more complicated processes, such as covering or altering the upper
  • structural differences between dance shoes and street shoes
  • fitting problems and how to solve them
  • health and safety and proper use of chemicals for shoe work
  • basic repair for common issues from stage wear

Note: Tuition fee includes a basic leather paint kit.

Note: Students may be required to use machinery such as industrial sewing machines and power tools. Physical dexterity is required.

Image Credit: Shoes (pictured) for the ensemble in Chicago at the Stratford Festival, designed by Dana Osborne and crafted by the shoe team at the Festival.


10 in stock

Pay a deposit of $200.00 per item

Other Information

Course Location

163 King Street
Stratford N5A 4S2

Certificate Eligible

This course can  be taken as part of the Theatre Production Arts Certificate. (Learn more about it here.)

Tuition Assistance

Learn more about our tuition assistance options here.

COVID Protocols

Read our COVID student protocols here.

More Information

For more information about this course, contact Susan Starkweather, Program Advisor, at