Welted Construction

This is part of a series of shoemaking workshops. Take all the workshops and learn how to make shoes from start to finish, or just the one(s) that interest you.


Welted shoe construction is one of the most common methods of hand sewn shoe construction. You will learn how to prepare a leather insole, form a shoe upper around a last (lasting), make and last the supporting components like heel counters and toe puffs, how to sew it all to the insole, attach soles and build heels. Note that this is not Goodyear welted construction. The Goodyear welt is intended for machine stitching. For more information, check out the Goodyear welt page on Wikipedia. (It could use some love, but the basics are there.) The method I teach uses a leather-only welt (pictured above). This is the classic construction method that most people think of when they think of handmade shoes.

If you took the classes on upper making and pattern design, you can use that to make your shoes, otherwise an upper will be provided.

Date(s): Thursday, October 25 2018 - Monday, October 29 2018
Time: 4:00 pm - 12:00 am

ExIT Shoes (inside Union Station, Portland, OR)

This event is fully booked.

You will receive confirmation when you have successfully registered. If you do not receive confirmation by email or have problems with the registration form, please contact me.