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Shoe making, men’s and women’s: pump, sandal, oxford and moccasin

€ 4500,00
Sep 7th, 2020 → Oct 16th, 2020

Jan 25th, 2021 → Mar 5th, 2021

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

Four weeks to learn how to make shoes under the guidance of expert Italian shoemakers. 

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How our courses change with COVID-19

Since February 2020 with the spread of COVID-19 the school had to suspend all training courses. Italian Ministry of Education and our Regional government have communicated that we will be able to start courses again from June 2020. Nevertheless we need to assure the safety of our students and put actions in place to prevent the spread of the virus again.

The major constrain that we need to face is the distancing. We won’t be able to use the facilities of the school as before because we need to assure a minumum distance of 1 meter between students. For this reason we have decided to change the way we organise our classes.

The three pillars of our training will remain the same but we will change the way we organise each of them

Lessons from the teachers

Our teachers have been working hard to prepare video lessons to cover all course topics. You will be able to access these contents at your own pace from home.

Individual work

Learning by doing has always been the center of our training. We will send you all the materials you need to work. Teachers will assign homeworks to assess your understanding of each topic

Review with the instructor

Teachers will dedicate 100% of their time to review your individual work and to give you feedbacks and suggestions on how to make better. This is a key moment of the course

Target Students

  • Aspiring artisans who want to acquire the techniques of shoe construction 
  • Pattern makers who want to understand, in more detail, the upper sewing process and the shoe construction techniques 
  • Suppliers of materials of the footwear industry interested in understanding how to best use available products and to take inputs to think about new components and applications 
  • Young designers who want to know what happens “behind the scenes” of the shoe production 
  • Shoe enthusiasts who want to discover secrets, tricks and tips
    of the footwear art

Content of the course

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:

  • How to make the upper
  • How to last upper and lining on the shoe last
  • How to attach the bottom components, heels and soles
  • How to finish the shoe

Class activities will start from upper components already cut, students will prepare upper and lining panels for the stitching:

  • Pieces must be equalized into the correct thickness with the use of splitting and skiving machines
  • After, they have to be backed with appropriate fabric reinforcements and taped for the edge finish

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.


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