Brooklyn Shoe Space's mission is to offer a fully equipped studio space for shoemakers, to be a reliable resource for shoe designers, to encourage creativity in our community through fun educational programming, and to make shoemaking accessible to a wider audience.
Brooklyn Shoe Space provides a range of classes for students of all skill levels. At BKSS our mission is to encourage creativity and inspire the shoemaker in all of us by creating a collaborative and inspiring community.
The instructor was patient, helpful & preent, absolute doll! Great class, so much fun & a fabulous end product...will be takimg it again & bringing friends!
I attended the class with much enthusiasm and excitement to learn the initial processes or at least thinking that goes into shoemaking but I left somewhat dismayed as the only thing of value I learned in an hour and a half was how to measure my feet. I would recommend that perhaps more thought is put into introducing the concepts of shoe making with samples that are set up on the table for students to see instead of watching the instructor looking for misplaced items. The instructor Keiko is really sweet but I'm used to more structure and valuable information being shared in a course I pay for, not waiting and wondering.
My instructor Bonnie was the best. I showed up rather early so we chatted while she set up the class. It was very informative and she really helped us make some great shoes, rather than letting my sloppy work slide. It ended up taking us longer than the allotted time but she stayed and I'm glad she did. My shoes turned out beautifully and they look professionally made. I wore them out and they're comfortable too. I hope to take more classes soon!
Very fun and super informative -- Bonnie was amazing! I made my first pair of shoes ^^ It's a full day class so expect to be on the tired side by the end of it.
Course was described as teaching the "basics of working with leather", but the class really had very little to do with the material of the wallet itself. The class didn't explain anything about the materials, the tools, or general techniques available when making leather wallets or any other leather product. We focused more on sewing than anything else. This wasn't exactly what I was hoping to get out of the class, and I don't feel that this was an introductory leather class as described.
It was such a productive class! The instructor at Brooklyn Shoe Space, Lorna was very helpful in coming up with a design I would like to make, and she was there every step of the way to walk me through the process. Class was hands on with cutting out material, sewing, applying hardware and the order of how things should be put together. I totally lucked out and got a one-on-one with the instructor since the other student dropped the class! After 2 nights, I had a fantastic leather backpack, and would totally make more on my own!
Better than I expected! The instructors were so patient and I walked away with an amazing bag. A lot of people have been asking me about my bag.
Nicole B G.
Loved the class. Got a lot more than I expected. She even stayed a bit extra to help us out with small things like personalizing our shoe soles to have our initials on them. Super friendly. Really patient. Great space. Had everything we needed. Very fast pace. I have taken a few similar courses but have never gotten so much done in such little time. Love my shoes.
Overall, I enjoyed the class, but there were not enough supplies for everyone. It would have been so much better to have one set for each person so that we could try out the basic techniques as the teacher was demonstrating them. Instead, we had to just watch all of the demonstrations and then try to remember how to do everything on our own as we waited for the supplies to become available. This was also very inefficient timewise - The class could have definitely fit within the 3-hour timeframe, but wound up taking 4 hours instead (not ending until just after 10pm) due to waiting for patterns, mallets, etc. and needing further instruction because we hadn't mastered the techniques from the get-go. The leather we got to choose from was beautiful though and it was definitely a unique experience. Just a lot of kinks to work out.
Great Space and Great Instruction from Elisabeth. Clear instructions and detailed help made this class awesome.