pattern making, materials, Cutting, lasting, stitching, design & making
In the summer of 2105, I moved to Milan to learn the process of shoemaking. Shoemaking requires an incredible amount of accuracy since shoes must serve the function of walking and comfort. In the initial months of the course, we would dedicate a week on a type of shoe: oxford, derby, ankle boots, monk straps, T-bars, sandals, knee high boots. The process included measuring and drawing, and then cutting a master. We would use the master to make paper shoes to understand fitting.
Design & make your own shoe
The last few weeks were spent on creating your own design. We picked the style of shoe (in my case, a pump and a sandal), and went through the process of: design, choosing materials, cutting, stitching, lasting, and then fitting.