Shoe Making: Sandals


Learn how to make your very own pair of classic leather sandals. Based on the Roman sandals design with minimal fuss construction techniques, create a beautifully simple and striking pair of flat sandals. Students will learn how to take measurements of their feet, design a toe shape, design their straps, learn hand cutting techniques, and hand dying and painting processes specific to leather.

Course content

  • Brief overview of the history of the sandal
  • Measuring the foot
  • Cutting leather
  • Hand dying leather
  • Basic construction techniques

Ideal for

Ideal for students who are looking for an introduction to leatherwork and shoe making.

Important Information

For health & safety reasons, students need to wear closed toe shoes, no thongs or sandals and long hair is to be tied back and no long necklaces or scarves worn during class.

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Students will complete a pair of flat or low heeled leather sandals.

Materials supplied

Students will work in our fabulous state-of-the-art leatherworking studio. Leather for one pair of sandals will be supplied.

Materials to bring

Pen and paper, good pair of sharp scissors and/or Stanley knife.


Participants will be emailed an RMIT Statement of Participation upon completion.

Additional notes



Claire Best

Claire Best is a shoe maker, designer and teacher based in Melbourne, Australia. After enrolling in the Certificate IV in Custom Footwear at RMIT, she worked for many different shoe makers Australia wide and went on to establish a successful shoe making business. All production takes place in-house in the Brunswick workshop, with materials sourced from local manufacturers and suppliers. Her footwear is made by hand, with an emphasis on quality materials, craftsmanship, contemporary design and innovation. Each pair of shoes are made to order, with a three week make time prior to shipping or collection.
She specialises in playing on classic footwear forms with her unique range of hand painted shoes. Treating the leather as a drawing surface, these creations are a celebration of the one-off nature of the bespoke making process.
Claire’s designs are held in the permanent collections of fashion and textiles at both the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne and the Powerhouse Museum (MAAS) in Sydney, as well as being part of both ‘Melbourne Now’ and ‘200 Years of Australian Fashion’ at the NGV

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Available course dates

Saturday 12 October 2019

  • Code S350399
  • Start date 12.10.19
  • End date 19.10.19
  • Hours 12
  • Campus RMIT Brunswick
  • Fee $590.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Sat 12.10.19 10:00am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 19.10.19 10:00am 04:30pm 6.00

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