Summer shoes and sandals workshop

This master class allows students to create summer footwear with new techniques in a short time, with different type of décor. Students will learn how to make the heel box using technologically advanced materials in the production of shoes. This method of work allows you to create a more complex shoe model with numerous details.  

Workshop details

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    Difficulty level: Intermediate

  • Optimal number of participants: 8

  • Timing: 8 hours/4 working days

Note: for this workshop, cutting and using a sewing machine skills are both necessary.

Learning outcomes

Within workshop, students will learn:● how to take measurements and build the template;● about the different stages of the felting process by using different type of fibres and fabrics (layout wool, the best way to work with different fibres, using sander, process of rolling, shrinkage of the product, building in to 3D your felt piece, details how to work with mood (shoe last);● how to make pattern of shoes for the production of various models of summer footwear in the future;● how to make an individual design of leather for felted shoes. Acquire skills in working with leather, learn how to choose the right type, thickness and elasticity of leather to create shoes;● the process of tightening leather in the manufacture of shoes, a list of necessary tools; ● how they can make heel box and toe box using technologically advanced materials in the production of shoes;● how to create various models of felted footwear based on one pattern, also they will learn master skills of classic shoemaker adapted to felted shoes, thus creating felted orthopaedic shoes. This involves creating felted shoes with a good level of foot support, having inner soles and stiff shoe back (heel box). 


Tentative program of the workshop

  • Day 1. Template and layout

    • Taking measurements
    • Constructing template including wool shrinkage, making felted samples for shrinkage calculation and to determine the thickness of the felt for footwear in making
    • Making a Sketch; designed
    • Draw design on the shoe last
    • Make a template of all details of your design
    • Prepare layout
    • Wet the layout and start to felt .

  • Day 2. Working with leather

    • Discuss of the leather decoration on the shoes
    • Make templates for the leather
    • Preparing felt detail
    • Assembling shoes according to the technology of shoe craftsmanship.    

  • Day 3. Heels & inner soles

    • Making heel box
    • Installation inner soles
    • Adding leather. 

  • Day 4. Soles & accessories

    • Preparing the shoes to put on the soles
    • Attaching soles to the shoe
    • Adding eyelets, zipper, buckles, leather decoration
    • Stitching leather
    • Stitching soles.