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Shoe making: sneakers, sandals, pumps & laced-up

€ 4500,00
Sep 23rd, 2019 → Oct 18th, 2019

Feb 10th, 2020 → Mar 6th, 2020

May 11th, 2020 → Jun 5th, 2020

Sep 21st, 2020 → Oct 16th, 2020

English, Italian
9AM to 5PM, Mon to Fri

These courses have been developed for:

  • “makers” designers, artisans, and not only, who are passionate to be hands-on and who wish to be able to make a simple prototype of a shoe and walk away at the end of the course with the pair of shoes they have made
  • pattern makers willing to learn the basics of stitching and lasting a pair of shoes. This knowledge gives a pattern maker a better understanding of what happens when the patterns are worked in the manufacturing plant and will facilitate the interaction with the workers of a factory

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Topics covered during this course

During the 4-week course the students work on a precise sequence of styles and constructions that guide them through an increasing difficulty of hands-on making. During the making course each student will select leathers and materials from the selection available at the school. Patterns will be available before the beginning of the class so that each student can have a set of patterns that can keep after the end of the course. Those students that wish to know more on how patterns are made can take the 12 week pattern making course

Flat sandal shoe making
At the beginning they make a hand lasted flat sandal. It is a valuable exercise to understand the basics of lasting. Sandals are made for man and woman.
Sneaker shoe making
The second step teaches how to make a sneaker made by Strobel construction which doesn’t need the traditional lasting. Students begin with the upper material hand cutting by using the board patterns supplied by the school. Then all the upper pieces have to be prepared before the assembling: they could be split and skived or reinforced under the hot press. Participants learn how to saw by machine and how to use the special Strobel stitching machine for the sock liner assembling. Finally, they have to attach a cup-sole.
High heel pump shoe making
The third style is a high heeled pump (woman only): a limited number of pieces to be assembled but a good accuracy in making the whole steps is required. The upper lasting is partially made by machine and by hand too. The process continues with pounding and sanding the bottom, heel nailing, sole glueing and attachment.
Derby and oxford shoe making
Laced up
As a final work, a classic laced-up man’s shoe has to be made. The style can be either a Derby or an Oxford. Both upper and lining are leather made and all the reinforcements, toe box and counter included, are cut out from the materials mostly used in a regular production. The special feature of this fourth section of the course is the focus on the upper hand finishing. Leathers used are partially finished by the tannery to give the student the unique opportunity to learn how, by using pads, creams and brushes the final appearance can change to get a more custom look.


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