Make Your Own Boots or Shoes in Eureka Springs

I love shoes. Just ask my husband; he’ll back up that statement. I also like artsy/crafty projects. So it’s no surprise that news of a cobbling workshop in Eureka Springs caught my attention.

Lorna Trigg-Hirsch is an expert in the age-old craft of boot and shoemaking. This shoe artist’s design experience ranges from simple sandals to custom boots and shoes. She created a “Work for Women” program in her native South Africa teaching local indigenous women to build hand-crafted shoes. Through the program these high-quality leather shoes were supplied to many small boutiques.

Trigg-Hirsch will teach a boot making workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 4-10. Participants will create soft knee or ankle length flat-soled boots of suede or garment hide. Instruction and studio use costs $275; materials are extra and estimated at around $100. A materials list will be provided at registration. Spaces are limited and pre-registration is required.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 12-16, she’ll teach shoemaking, with participants creating walk shoes or flat-soled sandals. She suggests using soft garment hide, which gives “almost a slipper-type feel.” Participants will learn hand stitching and machine stitching construction. Studio use and instruction cost $250, with estimated material costs of $50-75. A materials list will be provided at registration. Spaces are limited and pre-registration is required.

Both classes are held at Fire Om Earth Retreat and Art Studios, 872 Mill Hollow Road. Lodging is available at the retreat center for participants. Call 479-363-9402 for lodging and registration.

I’d like to take the workshop just because I think it would be fun and rewarding to make my own pair of boots or shoes. But it could be fun and beneficial for someone who has extremely narrow or wide, differently sized feet, or abnormalities of one sort or another that making shoe buying difficult.

Ahhh, Eureka Springs. Don’t you just love an artsy town?!

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