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Free Online Shoe School

Free Shoemaking Resources SELF-PACED online learning for FREE: Scroll down to see “Unit 1: Learning the Basics of Shoemaking,” and start now. HANDS-ON  learning with our SHOEMAKING TEXTBOOKS: Softcover and PDF Ebook textbooks for all levels plus shoemaking lasts, outsoles, and other hard-to-find materials. Visit […]

The barefoot sport shoe Nummulit Ignis provides lightness, flexibility and stability for every workout, walk or run.

Nummulit – Urban Shoes with a Minimalist Sole

Today we interview Josep Puig, owner of Nummulit Urban Shoes, and reveal his challenges and solutions in starting his niche barefoot shoe brand. Enjoy! The Shoe Dog: Hey Josep, thank you for speaking with me and sharing your story with our shoemaking community. Josep: Hi Wade. The […]

What is a fitting trial for shoes? 

Do I need to run a fitting trial for my new shoes?  A shoe fitting trial or fit trial is a footwear brand’s process to confirm a new shoe fits correctly and feels good on the user’s feet. The goal of a fitting trial is to evaluate […]

Channel stitching a sneaker sole

For a DIY sneaker project, it’s a good idea to reinforce the cement bonding with outsole channel stitching. You can stitch the toe, heel, or the entire perimeter. In the shoe factory, the workers will use a purpose-built channel stitching machine. The skilled worker can […]

DIY Outsole assembly

Outsole Cementing Process

DIY outsole cementing: step-by-step process Today in the workshop, we are finishing the assembly of our sneaker test pattern. Here, we will cover the step-by-step process of preparing the outsole units and uppers for cold cementing and sole stitching. We don’t have a shoe factory […]


Sneaker Lasts for DIY Shoemakers

Hormas El Arbol in León, Mexico Today is a big day at the sneaker factory workshop! The lasts arrived from León, Mexico. Our sneaker last, SNF-1, is made by Hormas El Arbol. Hormas El Arbol is one of the top last makers in Mexico. The […]

Diagrama de piezas de calzado

Diagrama de piezas de calzado

La anatomía de un zapato: Todos los estudiantes de diseño de calzado deben saber los nombres correctos de las piezas de calzado. Aquí se muestra un diagrama de las piezas de calzado que muestran los nombres estándar para cada pieza de calzado. ¿Qué es un […]

Start a Shoe Brand

How to Start a Shoe Brand

Do you want to start a shoe business or learn how how to start a shoe line? You are in the right place. Starting a shoe brand will not be easy; you will need lots of help, patience, perseverance, and passion.

The Start-Up Shoe Brand Business Plan

Business Plans for Start-Up Shoe Brands

12 Tips for Footwear Brand Building Are you ready to start your own brand-building journey? Do your shoe business dreams seem unattainable? You need a business plan to transform your dreams into reality and successfully launch your shoe brand. So, what is a business plan […]