Footwear Design & Manufacture Training

Next Course Monday 20th February until 24th February 2017. Available for booking now.

 €720 (Normally €900.00) SOLD OUT!!!!


This five day course is designed for those with a background or interest in design wanting to develop their knowledge of shoe design and making. If you are thinking of developing your own footwear ranges, this is a good place to start.

All of the training provided by Shoeniversity is conducted in small classes of three people only, meaning that we can offer an intimate and  structured format incorporating enough time for discussion, experimentation and ‘Q and A’ as well as lots of hands on learning. We therefore have the ability to cater to individual’s specific backgrounds and interests within a working studio/workshop setting, providing a professional and inspirational experience.  Our courses are always hands on with a practical realism that offers students a learning experience that is appropriate for many contemporary design environments, giving a technical and manufacturing perspective that many designers have no experience of and which can better inform their design development.

Each day starts with a discussion and review of progress to focus thinking. We have a learn by doing ethos that incorporates studio production with theoretical  and industrial aspects.

Day 1

Make a shoe - introduction to shoemaking

Foot measurement and make a pair of cement lasted mule slippers in suede or calf/veg tan insole/veg tan sole or vegan alternative in linen/synthetic suede/organic cotton insole/crepe sole.

Learn Shoemaking skills and techniques including clicking (cutting), skiving, closing, lasting and finishing.

Day 2

Make a shoe - introduction to shoemaking 2

AM:  Continue to complete shoemaking from yesterday.

PM: Discussion and review of main footwear styles and constructions, benefits of each with historical overview (including handling of shoes from different eras).

Day 3

Modern footwear design and manufacture

AM: Overview of materials and components for footwear including leather, synthetics and natural materials.  New material developments and processes in footwear manufacturing.  Analysis of markets, brands  and trends in footwear design.  Discussion of sustainability and environmental impact.

PM: Compiling a portfolio of materials and introduction to designing on the last.                                                                                                                                                                       

Day 4

Principles of footwear design and shoemaking

AM: Footwear design principles (continued from Day 3).  Relationship between feet and lasts, foot and leg anatomy, fit and comfort and biomechanic requirements for footwear.

PM: Design, pattern cutting and prototype making.  Tape up a last, sketch a design for a flat/low heel court shoe/pump style shoe, cut patterns and make a trial ‘pullover’ on the last.

Day 5

Next Steps

AM: Prototype making continued and discussion.

PM: Plenary session, Q and A discussion and review next steps for participants.

Other Information

The use of all tools, lasts, components, materials and refreshments are  provided in the fee, but do bring a packed lunch each day.  Courses can be adapted for groups or for special projects (such as vegan materials, but do note we have leather in the studio).  Course handouts will be provided for all students, alongside a certificate of attendance. The day starts at 9.30 am on day one and 9.15 on subsequent days.  We normally aim to finish each day between 17.00 and 18.00pm but the actual finish time is dependent on progress during the course and we are flexible on this.  The training takes place in our Studio which is an old grain loft. Please note access is via a spiral staircase.

At the conclusion of the course you will have made a pair of mules, you will have built your technical understanding in materials, components and the  processes involved in shoemaking. You will also come away with a prototype shoe that incorporates some of your own designs - and the patterns you create are yours to keep. 




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