What is Benchwork Study?

We accept a foreigner student. We hope you can enjoy real oldstyle shoe (Hand sewn welted) making and craftsman ship.

Shoe making process is...

1. Take a measurement of feet
2. Make a pair of Last
3. Design
4. Pattern cutting
5. Clicking (Leather cutting)
6. Closing (Making uppers)
7. Bottom making
8. Take off the Last from the shoes

If you want learn shoes making from last making to bottom making, it’s take 7 weeks. Please select the date and time you can participate and the course you want to take, and contact us by form or email. We will get back to you with details.


Yukiko Okawa Bench Made CEO

  • 1992

    I first learnt how to the make shoes at Moge Workshop.

  • 1995

    I entered the shoe making technology course at Cordwainers College in London. I began to learn how to make hand sewn welted shoes from Paul Wilson who is a John Lobb bespoke shoe maker. I started work experience in John Lobb’s bootmakers at St. James’s street in London.

  • 1996

    I won the young designer of the year sponsored by the Shoe & Leather News.

  • 1997

    I graduated with an HND from the shoe making technology department of Cordwainers Colledge. I became the first Japanese shoe maker employed at John Lobbs. After I Joined the company I specialized in Clicking, pattern cutting and closing. I worked at John Lobbs for 8 years. While there I had the pleasure of making shoes for Queen Elizabeth.

  • 2004

    I left John Lobb’s and came back to Japan and opened “Benchwork Study” shoe making school.

  • 2005

    I started my own bespoke shoe brand “Bench Made” by Yukiko Basett Okawa in coraboration with MIYUKI HUNDRED CLUB in Ginza.

  • 2006

    I moved my “Bench Made” brand to Setagaya Tokyo.

Classroom Short concentration term class

Short time shoemaking course for foreigners

1. Last making 1 week course

You can make your Last.

Days: 5 days Tuesday to Saturday
Fee: 40,000 yen
Material cost: 35,000 yen
Total: 75,000 yen

2. Design, Pattern cutting & Closing 1 week course

You can make the upper of shoes that designed by you.

Days: 5 days Tuesday to Saturday
Fee: 40,000 yen
Tools: 10.000 yen (Clicking Knife, Skiving Knife, etc)
Material cost: about 26,000 yen (It depends on the leather)
Total: 50,000 yen

3. Hand sewn welted Bottom making 5 weeks course

You can make the upper of shoes that designed by you.

Days: 25 days Tuesday to Saturday
Fee: 200,000 yen
Tools: 14,000 yen
Material: 50,000 yen
Last: 50,000 yen
Total: 314,000 yen

*We will be prepared upper and last for you. (Simple derby style upper and last) If you can bring your upper and last, Let me know.

Time Table

All classes will be held during the following times.

Tue 11:00–17:00
Wed 11:00–17:00
Thu 11:00–17:00
Fri 11:00–18:00
Sat 10:00–17:00

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

  • When can I participate?

    You can participate at any time, but please let us know your desired start date and time at least one month in advance. We will get back to you with details.

  • What kind of shoe manufacturing method can I learn?

    We recommend the square welt method for beginners. Experienced people can also learn the beveled waist, the norwegian welt and the storm welt method. Please choose your desired bottom making method.

  • What kind of design can I learn in the design and pattern cutting class course?

    Beginners can learn the basics of Oxford and Derby. Those who can cut the basics can learn how to cut the pattern that any designed.

  • Please tell me how to pay the tuition fee.

    Please pay by PayPal. We will prepare after payment is confirmed, so please pay at least 3 weeks in advance. In addition, if the cancellation is due to the convenience of the participants after payment, no refund will be given.

  • Do you have any recommendations for accommodation?

    We do not recommend it, but our workshop is located 25 minutes from Shinjuku on the Odakyu Line. We think it would be convenient to find it in that area.


Bench Made
& Benchwork Study

Seijyo 6-5-25, Daiichi Sumino Bld. #408,
Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 157-0066 Japan
TEL: 03-3484-6133
E-mail: bespokeshoes@benchmade.jp