Louise Clifton is on a mission to turn Feilding into a town of beautifully soled citizens. The Wellington shoemaker will bring suitcases of leather, laces and soles to Feilding, which people can use to make their own shoes during one of her workshops at The Space on June 15 and 16.

Determined to resuscitate the art of bespoke shoe making, Clifton opened a school in Dunedin in 2015. She has since relocated to Wellington where she runs classes for beginners from a studio. Louise is travelling across New Zealand and to Melbourne, teaching both children and adults how to create a pair of their own handmade kicks.  Clifton offers five classic sneaker designs to choose from and provides the material. With a few simple instructions, students can walk out of the one-day class with a pair of shoes.

Clifton will be joined by craftswoman Gemma Proebst, who has a background in fashion and costume. Together, the pair are trying to dispel rumours the shoe making industry was “coarse, rough and dirty”. “I love craft and I love making things by hand. There’s an intelligence to making making things by hand.  “The first time I made shoes I didn’t quite believe it. You get this quite proud feeling, like magic.”  The only other shoe making school in New Zealand is on Waiheke Island.

To register for a workshop, visit shoeschoolnz@gmail.com.

From stuff.co.nz