Chicago School of Shoemaking


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6–8 students use provided materials on up to 3 projects in leather-jewelry class & make pair of shoes by hand in beginner shoemaking class

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Promotional value expires May 30, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. May buy 3 additional as gifts for leather jewelry-making class option. May buy 1 additional as a gift for beginner shoemaking option. Valid only for option purchased. Registration required 48hr in advance. 24-hr cancellation notice required or $35 fee may apply. Must be 16 or older. Extra material fee for projects beyond class time. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Without shoes, audiences would cringe at dancers’ gnarly toes and Michael Jordan’s superhuman athleticism would need a government alibi. Swath feet in handmade mystery with today’s Groupon to Chicago School of Shoemaking. Choose between the following options:

  • For $35, you get a class on leather jewelry-making (a $75 value).
  • For $399, you get a beginner shoemaking class (an $895 value).

The cobblers at Chicago School of Shoemaking reveal techniques for working leather into unique accessories and footwear. To begin the two-hour jewelry-making class, instructors furnish groups of up to eight students with leather, tools, and know-how to complete up to three projects. Nimble hands may concoct a necklace for pairing with a favorite outfit, then fashion a gift pouch for a mother kangaroo with twins. During the beginner shoemaking course, groups of up to 4 pupils spend two full days forging a pair of lace-up shoes by hand, choosing from eight colors of leather and ending with a new pair of kicks. The process involves cutting out each component from patterns based on individual shoe size and length of extendable steel talons, then hand-stitching the uppers and gluing the soles together.

Sewing machines and wooden tables await eager hands in a tidy yellow and blue workroom, which boasts an exhaust hood to keep air fresh. Visit the website to check out the school’s class schedule or determine your infant shoe’s zodiac sign.

Chicago School of Shoemaking

Sara McIntosh—the master cobbler behind the Chicago School of Shoemaking—draws on more than 35 years of experience in her craft. Among the things that make the school unique is that they teach their own version of the out-stitch shoemaking technique. Preferred by artisans who prize sustainability over industrial methods, that approach adapts easily to smaller shops with very few elves.

Sewing machines and wooden tables await eager hands inside the school. While an exhaust hood keeps the air fresh, students work away at footwear ranging from moccasins and sandals to desert boots. Instructors also teach leather-working techniques that produce stylish jewelry and handbags.

Customer Reviews

the class was fantastic. I had alot of fun and the instructor was very patient. The only thing I would change was changing the class title to jewelry and accessory making
April F. · January 16, 2012
This was an absolutely stellar experience. Sarah, the owner and ever-so-lovely artist watched over and guided the madcap grouponics who arrived with the patience of an angel. She courageously allowed us access to a veritable Universe of tools and leather pieces, inviting full creative freedom while still offering specific guidance and information. 4.5 stars from me. JIll Siler. I'd love to show you what I made!
JILL S. · January 11, 2012
What a great experience! Sarah and her shop are as interesting as her instruction!
Andy C. · January 8, 2012
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    4723 North Winchester Avenue

    (between Leland Ave & Lawrence Ave)

    Chicago, IL 60640


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