Shoeniversity at Equipage Boot & Shoe Company

Our Vision

We are Ireland’s newest, bravest, most pioneering shoe company producing handmade dynamic footwear for world markets.  We are also passionate about reviving the lost art of artisan shoemaking, so alongside Equipage, Shoeniversity is our atelier based footwear training business where we we offer a range of learning opportunities in footwear.  Train with expert shoe makers and designers to make your own shoe ranges, both professional and leisure based courses are available.  We have experience of training in industry, in higher education and with organisations such as the United Nations. 





It's all about the skills!  Shoeniversity is the name given to the education and training wing of Equipage Shoes.  Shoeniversity bases its training on the 19th Century method of training people in Couture.  We are unique to Ireland and uniquely Irish.  Visitors from far and wide are very welcome and the area is a popular tourist destination.  Our courses held in the beautiful, inspiring setting of The Garden Folly, Creamery House, Castlecomer, County Kilkenny, range from half day leisure courses to 16 week intensive technical shoe design and manufacture training. 

We also offer bespoke courses and one-to-one tuition for Fashion Industry professionals such as footwear buyer’s courses or professional design skills based training courses.  Our portfolio of courses will be introduced over a phased period and develop over the first two years.  We are planning to validate/accredit some of our training and have already started this process.

The real beauty of a Shoeniversity course is that you leave with footwear that you have made yourself.

In The Press:

For press enquiries please call Marie Brennan on + 353 (0) 86 816 5273 or via email: marie at


Sunday Business Post - Garden section 3rd May 2015

Irish Times - Lifestyle,  Manchan Magan 2nd May 2015

West Cork Times April 2015

Southern Star April 30

Evening Echo April 29 Person to Person interview with Marie Brennan

Irish Examiner April 25

Southern Star April 2015

January 2015 - we featured on Ireland's Holiday Show - TV3 Holiday Show

Southern Star October 2014

West Cork Words September 2014



 Julian Berwick

Julian Berwick

Julian Berwick is the design brains behind Shoeniversity and has trained with some of the most well known shoe designers working today.

In addition, he has worked with designer and high street brands designing and overseeing the manufacture of shoes, boots, specialist sports footwear and children's shoes in the U.K., Taiwan, India and North Africa.

He has worked at Universities and Art Colleges in the U.K., Ireland and India, teaching footwear and accessory design education to post graduate level.

 Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan MA PG Dip. M.IDI is the one who makes it happen, by making sure things go to plan.  Marie has many years experience as a design and creative enterprise academic alongside working in arts management and cultural strategy development.  Marie has worked in many creative settings from theatre and film through to architectural heritage and contemporary public art.

Together, we are both passionate about design, the environment, sustainable fashion and developing the talent of others.  This has led us to develop the business idea for Shoeniversity and Equipage shoes.  Shoeniversity is the only place in Ireland where people interested in learning shoemaking can come to study and practice the craft.

Associates   We have excellent links with the fashion and footwear industry across the world and will be hosting special guest lectures and seminars from time to time.  Sign up for our e-newsletter for details.



 Equipage boot   

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We will be based in The Garden Folly, Creamery House, The Square, Castlecomer, County Kilkenny, Ireland from February 2016.  For further details of the Creamery House please visit:


Individualised training

Do get in touch if you have any enquiries about training to make something specific as we may be able to help.

Small Print

Your shoes will be wearable, but we cannot be held liable for any fault that occurs in the shoes or accidents that may occur whilst in wear.

Cancellation Policy

We have a no refunds policy on the One Day experience - but will always try to accommodate you on a different course if we can.

Otherwise Cancellations between 8 and 4 weeks = 50% refund will be given

Cancellations between 4 and 2 Weeks = 25% will be given

2 weeks to 48 hours = 10% will be given

Below 48 hours = 0% will be given