Two weeks until our next shoemaking workshop! If you want to learn to make your own bespoke leather espadrilles, sign up to join us on Saturday 2nd September ✌
This is everything you need to make your own shoes - it's so simple, but such a transformation! Everyone at Juta will admit that the first time each of us sat down to make a pair of shoes, we didn't really believe that these humble ingredients would really turn into a gorgeous pair of leather espadrilles. At the beginning we each laughed at ourselves - and to be honest, doubted ourselves a bit! - but it's all worth it for that look on your face when you finish your first pair, put them on, and realise that you've just learned how to make your own shoes. We love teaching our workshops so much because we get to share that feeling with others - you too can take these simple tools and craft your own bespoke, original, beautiful leather shoes. We have new dates up on our website now throughout September and October, so you can join us to learn how to design and craft your own espadrilles. We'd love to see you there!
The world is yours ✊
So, I’m Sabeha and together with Joanna, we run Juta Shoes! I get the lovely job of finding and recruiting women onto our social enterprise. This, of course, entails drinking lots of cups of tea with loads of lovely ladies and spreading the word of our work, our training programme and encouraging them to join. I’m usually busy recruiting and training new makers, especially in the art of navigating the HMRC website and dealing with benefits issues; so, obviously all fun and games! I also find partners that we can work with including Indigo Trading and Alma who have both donated their waste leather to us and also keep a track of the impact we’re making through our work. My other job is running the Boundary Women’s Project at St Hilda’s, where again I have the opportunity to engage with local women and drink even more tea! I run loads of other capacity building, community cohesion and development activities for women, including of course lots of craft and making classes. A passion for creating and community lead me Juta and Joanna, so put with our makers we’re all a very happy family!
I'm not normally on this side of the camera 🙈 but this week we're introducing more of the team behind Juta and it's only fair that we all share our headshots 😅 I'm Joanna, and along with Sabeha I run Juta - doing all the behind-the-scenes unglamorous things like making sure the website works (hopefully it does!), chatting with our retail partners, organising the shoemaking workshops, and sharing these photos with you all! In my previous lives I've worked in public health, journalism, and museums - and nearly went to medical school before I realised I'd rather be making shoes. You can find me tinkering with leather rivets, staring blankly at empty Word documents, or eating bagels from Brick Lane (and right now, wondering why there's no bagel emoji).
Our shoes can give you courage. Made by women who have taken a courageous step to train as shoemakers while being full-time mothers, they have bravery sewn in 💪
Shades and slip-ons: what else do you need for a summer weekend? Get your hands on this soft suede pair in our shop, upcycled out of offcuts reclaimed from local factories.
We've been waiting for this day for a while - they're back in stock! Our limited edition calfskin slippers are here again. We've got more gorgeous hair-on calfskin in stock - but only enough to make seven pairs, so don't miss out 😊 Link in our profile!
Stand up for yourself 💪