Darren Bischoff

Darren Bischoff


Darren Bischoff has been studying the art of shoemaking for twenty five years, but now his hobby of shoemaking has taken over from his real job - hairdressing, which he's been doing for over thirty years. The past seven years he has been studying millinery to partner with his footwear. He's collection is inspired by he's nana and focuses on the exploration of amazing pieces of fur, leather, tapestry and antique textiles to create amazing pieces like no other.

Now you too can learn to make your own unique and fabulous shoes with Darren Bischoff at the School of Footwear.


To teach as many people as possible the art of shoemaking. The craft of working leather into a shoe by hand is an amazing skill.


Start at the very beginning with sandals and wedges, then work your way up to boots and heels. Make your own shoes in a fully equipped workroom. As there are only 4 students per class it is very one-on-one. Have your own design or work off the curriculum which is practical rather than theary based. Learn all aspects of footwear construction, illustration, pattern cutting, upper stitching, shoe lasting, heeling and finishing.

All courses run for 1 session per week for 6 weeks. All Materials and tools supplied.