Creating in the Capital - a visit to Shoe School

By Caroline

The Miss Maude team recently had a day trip to the Capital to attend Shoe School and sample one of the Wellington region's creative delights!   

It was not only lots of fun, but it felt like the ultimate 'icing on the cake' to crafting our own wardrobes.  We all had a blast and highly recommend it - as a maker, we think you'll love it too. group of girls standing in front of a shop called shoe schoolYour Miss Maude Team (left to right) Emma, Arna, Carissa, Nic, Caroline and Georgiewomen working in a colourful workroom

Shoe School Wellington Day Trip

Lou opened Shoe School in 2015 in Dunedin and moved to Wellington in 2017. She is a wealth of knowledge and is so skilled. She can either give you the space to create or hold your hand through the process, whatever works best for you and your confidence levels.

a birds eye view of a lady holding white leather

a white lady cutting out leather with scissors while sat a wooden benchThe workshop was a one day class held in Lou’s beautiful light studio in Newtown. The studio is filled with leather in all the colours of the rainbow and a wide variety of different textures as well. If you are worried about getting the right size, Lou has samples made up in all the different sizes to take the guesswork out of it.

a close up image rolls of brightly coloured leather sticking out of baskets

a white lady with brown hair drawing out her pattern shape

a pair of shoes that have been cut out but not stitched togetherIt is deceptively simple to sew a pair of trainers, but that could just be that Lou has a magical talent to make it seem simple and gives you the confidence to create a unique pair of shoes.

a close up of a white lady punching a hole in her trainers to create lace holesThe team created vastly different shoes that reflected their aesthetic perfectly and they were all thrilled with the result.

6 pairs of finished trainers

a circle of shoes

To find out more visit or see their inspirational Instagram Feed! 


Thanks Barb, it really was a great day out and I am wearing my new shoes right now!! Best wishes Caroline

Caroline December 23, 2021

I am so impressed with the shoes you have made yourselves, what a hugely interesting & fun thing to do. Well done 😍

Barb Nicol December 23, 2021

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