Industry Skills

The BFA supports the UK footwear Industry to help members develop the skills to succeed now and in the future.

Through our partners, we are able to offer a wide scope of up-to-date and beneficial footwear-centric courses, dedicated in providing the vital training members may require .

From a basic shoe making or fitting course with chemical experts and our technical partner, Satra to leather training at BLC Eurofins, the BFA will find the course to suit your needs – keeping you equipped with the skills to stay competitive in an ever-changing global footwear market.


Training Courses from Carréducker

Online Handsewn Shoe Making

  • The definitive guide to handsewn shoe making, we’re bringing our 30+ combined years of handsewn shoe making and teaching experience online in a series of six films taking the viewer through every one of the 200+ steps of the handsewn craft and much, much more – Module 1: Preparation, Module 2: Lasting, Module 3: Welting, Module 4: Soling, Module 5: Heel Building, Module 6: Finishing
  • £85 per module / £450 for the series
  • Zoom support for £30 per hour

Face-to-face Handsewn Shoe Making

  • Evening classes for students who want to learn to make their own shoes (it usually takes three terms of 10 weeks to complete a pair of shoes) in N1 and TW10; working with the materials and tools we use to make our bespoke shoes including Bakers of Colyton leather and calf uppers. 
  • One day hand lasting classes and five day hand lasting / hand welting classes by arrangement; working with the materials and tools we use to make our bespoke shoes including Bakers of Colyton leather and calf uppers. 
  • Tailored handsewn shoe making training for practising shoemakers, by arrangement.

Pattern Making

  • Pattern making for bespoke shoes tailored to suit, from a one-day top-up to five days intensive; one-to-one or for up to three students in SW London.

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Training Courses from The Society of Shoe Fitters

Footwear & Fitting

  • A 5-module course covering
    • The Footwear Industry
    • Anatomy & the Lower Limbs (for shoe retail not podiatrists)
    • Vital Statistics of Shoes
    • Measurement, Gauges & the Tools of the Trade
    • Putting it all together – Fitting & Customer Care
  • You will have a dedicated tutor/mentor to assist throughout the course
  • There are two practical workshops which cover Timeline of Anatomical Development and Shoe Fitting and a factory visit.

The cost is £500 (no VAT)
Tax-payers can give the fee as Gift Aid
A discount applies for multiple courses booked at one time.

To book email info@shoefitters-uk.org or secretary@shoefitters-uk.org and the appropriate Application Forms will be emailed over. Alternatively click the link below to visit The Society of Shoefitters website and download the application form.

Deluxe

  • The Deluxe Course offers one Footwear & Fitting course place, with the addition of appropriate foot gauges and an in-store training session for up to 5 members of staff (although we allow additional staff by prior arrangement).

The cost is £1,000
Additional Footwear & Fitting Courses can be purchased at the time of booking at £200 per person.

To book email info@shoefitters-uk.org or secretary@shoefitters-uk.org and the appropriate Application Forms will be emailed over. Alternatively click the link below to visit The Society of Shoefitters website and download the application form.

www.shoefitters-uk.org
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