The aim of the course is to provide students with all the practical and academic knowledge to design and create their own footwear.
The course of study is suitable for the making of shoes for men and women. Student will have the opportunity to meet the best master craftsmen, get valuable suggestions and learn all the secrets of making pumps, sandals, oxford and moccasin.
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 moccasin.
The oxford 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.
The moccasin construction starts with the hand punching on the upper parts. Teachers explain how to hand sew the moccasin apron to the vamp. Outsoles are then assembled and they proceed through the finishing operations.
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 shoe pattern making and prototyping course.
For those who wish to make a pair of sneakers we suggest to consider taking the Sneaker Course: design, pattern making and prototyping.