Women’s shoe pattern making and prototyping course

Pumps, sandals, lace-ups, ankle boots and boots

A total of 5 weeks completely dedicated to the world of women’s footwear, during which the Arsutoria methodology for technical design and the making of patterns from stylistic design will allow you to learn and master the techniques needed to develop the most important women’s shoe models

Starts in

January, April, August

Program length

5 weeks

Tuition fees

4.500€ - VAT Exempt


English and Italian


Onsite or Online

The women’s shoe is architecture and perfection

The quality of these products lies in the harmony of the different parts that are combined to give life to unique objects. Destined to increase the sensuality of women, they have always been at the centre of the debate on comfort.
Salvatore Ferragamo taught us that it is possible to construct a dream shoe without torturing the feet of women.

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 women pattern making and prototyping program in brief:

The course begins with lasts, the analysis of proportions, and the knowledge of proportional measurements: the last is the first and most important component of a shoe. From the flattening of the last, the base shell is created to prepare the model, and finally the different pieces/patterns with all the technical details useful and necessary for prototyping.

Pattern making is the interpretation of creativity through geometry. The sensibility of the pattern maker, which remains fundamental in giving every line the right place in the project, must be accompanied by an efficient and precise technique.

If you are a classroom participant 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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