Be able to have an appreciation of the shoemaking process by making your own pair!

Experience the actual making of a pair of low-cut derby man-made leather sneakers from upper making to finishing, and get to take home the finished pair at the end of the workshop!

This workshop will be facilitated by professionals at Zapateria with the intent to provide a great learning experience for beginners, and is perfect for crafters, hobbyists and designers who want a hands-on experience in making shoes.

This does not guarantee gaining professional and industry-level conformance nor is meant to be a a custom bespoke service.

The session will cover the following:

  • Orientation on materials and shoemaking tools
  • Footwear measurement and shoe lasts
  • Demonstration on pattern making and discussion on pattern reading
  • Applying patterns
  • Gluing and stitching uppers
  • Preparing the insole and shoelace
  • Pulling over and lasting
  • Attaching the sole
  • Polishing shoes

Each participant’s shoemaking kit (that will produce one pair of customized leather sneakers) will include the following:

  • 3 sq ft of man made leather
  • Rubber cap sole
  • Shoe components and other supplies
  • Use of tools
  • Hand outs

Available session date for April at our Makati workshop space (Unit 302, Pamana-Languages Building, 926 Arnaiz Avenue):

  • April 6 (Saturday), 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Session fee is PHP 4,900.00 and is inclusive of all materials.  Only up to 6 participants will be accommodated.




About the Instructor

Rene Santos has 32 years of experience in the shoe industry as designer, pattern maker and production manager from small to major manufacturing companies in the country. He took up architecture at University of Sto. Tomas, Manila before deciding to pursue his shoe design ambition. He was granted a scholarship for leather craft, designing and pattern making in Italy.

He was raised in Marikina from a shoemaking family. He has witnessed the resilience of the local shoe industry. With it, he carries the mission to teach and train new talents. He is also currently a trainer and mentor for Philippine Footwear Federation, Inc. (PFFI) and Philippine Footwear Academy (PFA), and previously for School of Fashion and Arts (SOFA).

Plus: Members of Zapateria artisan team who are under the mentorship of 4th generation shoe designer and maker, Rico Sta.


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