Shoe Lab

The Shoe Lab brings together all the functions of the Shoe Quarter: stage, workshop, study center and laboratory.

The Shoe Lab is an experience for the museum visitor, a challenging and stimulating environment in the superlative for makers, designers and designers. Here the public, students, designers and the business community can work (together), gain knowledge, research and above all: make. Traditional or experimental, with known and unknown materials and techniques.

The Shoe Lab is a professional workshop equipped with equipment, materials, knowledge and expert guidance, including from real shoemakers. The Shoe Lab is set up for tailor-made projects and prototyping. It is precisely the human scale that makes a maker make conscious choices in terms of technology, aesthetics and sustainability. Research and experimentation are sparked. The machines certainly do not just represent the "known" way of producing. We use them to carry out new ideas, to experiment with materials and products.

Discover, experiment and make. The Shoe Lab is the place par excellence to explore a machine, technique, material or image reference. Testing, proto-typing, processing, fine-tuning: the environment of the Shoe Lab challenges you.

Professionals can apply for product development, using their own drawings or previously conducted research. In collaboration with vocational schools (such as Artez, KABK The Hague, Design Academy Eindhoven, SintLucas, Dutch Health Tech Academy ea), the Shoe Lab is a stage for design projects led by experts. The invited experts have exceptional knowledge of techniques or materials. These projects last a whole day, several days or six months and are a stepping stone to being able to work with the techniques yourself. Learning the technique is key, but the origin and use of the technique is also covered. A basic knowledge of leatherworking or shoemaking is usually desired, but not necessarily required.

Visitors look over the shoulders of the makers and can get to work themselves. They meet the (shoe) makers and experience the creative process. Tradition and future come along insightfully and questions are answered. The experience is given an extra dimension during workshops. Here, enthusiasts, hobbyists and students put themselves in the shoes of the maker and discover techniques and materials.