Brooklyn Shoe Space

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York
(122 Reviews)

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.

Reviews of Brooklyn Shoe Space

(122 Reviews)

Laura R.

Attended: Leather Belt Making

The instructor, Emily, was beyond helpful and nice- she altered my version of the class so it was more suited to my skills and interests without any hesitation. The space was the first time I felt like I was in an environment with working artists (something I miss greatly from my college days- I went to Parsons.) I was really sad to leave at the end and am looking into getting a membership. Emily even gave advice of what materials to purchase for working at home (which I did right away.) Most definitely recommending this to my other art school friends. Maybe my favorite experience all year!

Jason P.

Attended: Leather Belt Making

Very nice intro to tooling leather. I plan to attend part 2.

Andrea T.

Attended: Leather Techniques 1

Amazing Class. The instructor, Emily, was so patient and knowledgeable. The class was small so we received a lot of 1-1 attention.

Vera K.

Attended: Leather Techniques 1

Amazing class! Elizabeth was very attentive and answered all the questions I had prepared for her :) group was small and we were able to finish everything! Will be back !

Mabel Y.

Attended: Basic Leather Tooling Techniques 1

Ms. Boksenbau set a comfortable pace and gave clear instructions. which allowed a novice like myself to gain the confidence to go for it. I was very pleased with my first attempt at leather tooling, thanks to her instructions.

rachel c.

Attended: Shoemaking #002: Pattern Making

I loved loved loved this !! The Shoe Space in Brooklyn is a place passionate about everything to do about shoes ! The design, the fit, the use, the feel , the practicality, the whimsical about shoes. I signed up for only the first day of a 5 day intensive class. I learned about measuring the foot, about shoe lasts and how to create a pattern to make a shoe. I was so energized by Keiko.


Attended: Shoemaking #002: Pattern Making

My only negative comment is that for a "beginner" the class was big in size for the amount of information we received in a 3 hour period.

Janine D.

Attended: Leather Bag Making

Great class! Elizabeth is a fantastic teacher and I highly recommend the course.

Blagovesta M.

Attended: Shoemaking #001: Introduction

Keiko is an excellent instructor, she has knowledge and experience to help you start your journey on shoemaking path. This first class is intended to give you an idea of specific terminology, tool to measure the size and overall glance on the shoe from inside out. The atmosphere was very friendly and we all had a chance to see how this craft is built- from the "software" part as knowledge and experience to the "hardware " part as all machines, tools and materials needed. Excellent start for me!


Attended: Technical Packaging: Factory-Ready Specification

Hi First of all let me just say wow! It was an awesome class. I totally loved it. Second I have a question. Do you think I could get a certificate for completing this course?

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