Sneaker pattern making and prototyping course

Learn how to make the most essentials sneaker models

A total of 5 weeks completely dedicated to the world of sneakers, during which the Arsutoria methodology for technical design and the making of sneaker patterns using both board lasted and Strobel construction, which calls for engineering activities in the classroom and hands-on practice in the sample room, will allow you to learn and master the techniques needed to develop essential sneaker models.

Starts in

March, July

Program length

5 weeks

Tuition fees

4.500€ - VAT Exempt


English and Italian


Onsite or Online

Sneakers today can no longer be simply classified as a “trend”

They have become a genuine product category onto themselves, which is destined to remain on the market and continue to dominate it over time. Although in Arsutoria we have fun personalising the sneakers of leading brands or disassembling and remounting them, the aim of this course is different: we want to teach you how to technically develop the patterns and the prototype of a sneaker, starting from an original idea.

Target students

This program is particularly beneficial to:

  • anyone with a background in the design field to join this path to expand his/her knowledge and become a better designer by knowing how correct shoe patterns are made
  • product developers who will be able to better tackle the problems and the limitations they have to face during their day-to-day work
  • newcomers interested in the world of technical shoe pattern making

Professional opportunities

This intensive study program lays the groundwork to tackle the following professional careers:

The sneaker pattern making and prototyping program in brief:

For over ten years, the technical director of Arsutoria, Paolo Marenghi, has been organising pattern making training courses for leading athletic shoe brands. Over these five weeks, Paolo himself will guide you in the world of fashion sneakers: those products where the constructions and technical materials meet elegance and the quality of Made in Italy.

We will work on top-lasted and strobel constructions, take a look at knitted uppers, and analyse the constructions underlying iconic models like the Stan Smith derby-style, Oxford running, Van’s slip-on style, and Jordan mid-cut style.

Plus, for classroom participants at our headquarters in Milan, various hours will be dedicated to hands-on practice in the sample room where models will be cut in various materials (microfibre, fabrics, and leather), prepared, and stitched to create upper prototypes.

Can't travel TO ITALY?

Attend this course remotely

Program length

5 weeks

Tuition Fees

3.750 € - VAT Exempt

Attendable online, without the prototyping activities, via pre-recorded lessons, with weekly reviews with the instructor.

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