Introduction to shoemaking course

Introduction to Shoe Making is the course created by Arsutoria School for those who want to learn how to make classic shoes for men and women.

The aim of the course is to provide students with all the practical and theoretical knowledge to build footwear.

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Your crash course in shoemaking

“Learning by doing”, learning by doing, has always been the distinctive feature of the Arsutoria School teaching methodology.

Now reorganized in a way that guarantees safety for students, technicians and teachers.

The course is aimed at the production of men’s and women’s footwear. The student will have the opportunity to meet the best master shoemakers, get valuable tips and learn all the secrets of producing a décolleté and a derby.

Students will have access to two footwear workshops where they can experiment with the construction techniques learned.

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Is this the right course for you?

The Introduction to shoe making course is for:

Pattern Makers

Pattern makers and aspiring craftsmen who want to understand the shoe stitching and lasting process in more detail


designers who want to understand the techniques of footwear design, and want to competently follow the development of the design in the factory


Suppliers of materials for the footwear industry interested in understanding how to best use materials and receive inputs to think about new products and applications

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of the course

During the Introduction to Shoe Making course you will learn to:

  • make a pair of men’s shoes (derby) and one women’s shoes (décolleté).
  • recognize and perform the operations of sewing the upper, assembling the upper and lining on the last, gluing the bottom, preparing the heel and sole up to the finishing of the shoe.
  • recognize and use the machinery commonly used in the footwear industry.
  • manually perform the craft activities that distinguish the quality of Made in Italy.
Materials and components
The shoe is a complex set of components, each of which contributes decisively to the aesthetics, quality and performance of the shoe. You will study the visible parts, those that define the style and look, and the parts that are invisible yet decisive for the quality and construction of the shoe: shape, upper, lining, reinforcements, as well as the leather and materials, from the most traditional to the most innovative, technological and sustainable. You will also acquire a specific technical vocabulary, which will allow you to dialogue expertly with the world of footwear design and production.

Sewing requires basic knowledge of how sewing machines work. Under the supervision of the teacher you will perform exercises of increasing difficulty before starting to sew the pair of uppers and linings to be assembled.


Once the pair of uppers has been prepared, you will proceed to the lasting activities which involve reinforcing the uppers and subsequent assembly on the last.


After the lasting of the upper on the last, you will proceed with the bonding of the heel and the sole.


The activity ends with the finishing, that is with cleaning, brushing, insertion of the cleaning insole and boxing of the shoe.