During the Shoe making, men’s and women’s course you will learn:
Class activities will start from upper components already cut, students will prepare upper and lining panels for the stitching:
Joinery requires the basic knowledge of the stitching machines, students supervised by school teachers will practice with exercises of increasing complexity before stitching uppers and linings of the pairs of shoes that will be made.
Once the uppers are ready, students will learn how to apply toe box and counter and then they are taught how to perform lasting of upper and lining on the shoe last.
During the first two weeks students make two pairs of women’s shoes: pump and sandal. After lasting the upper on the shoe last, they learn how to attach heel and outsole. The finishing steps include cleaning, brushing, sock-liner attachment and boxing of the shoes.
During week 3 and 4 two pairs of men’s shoes are made: oxford and sneaker.
The Oxfrord will be cut out in crust, a leather that is tanned but not completely finished in the tannery. This material allows students to paint and customize the upper with the support of an Italian expert craftman. After painting and “patina” finishing the outsole will be attached and students will apply final finishing.
Sneaker will be made using the sacchetto Strobel construction and the outsole will be hand stitched along the edge.
For those who wish to learn how to engineer the patterns of the shoes made during this making course, we suggest to take the 12 week class for shoe pattern makers.