SHOEMAKING

Courses

  • One-Year Course | Semester Course
  • Master Course
  • Short Course
  • Summer Intensive Course 2021
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One-Year Course ・ Semester Course

Overview

This program offers students a rare chance to learn authentic, top-level shoemaking techniques, directly from Italian leather artisans with the highest skills and rich experience. In our course, students can learn all the steps of the shoemaking process (making the last, cutting pattern, choosing materials, sewing, etc.) which can be worn for a long time. In addition to various types of shoes, students can study shoes for specific necessities, such as shoes pursuing “simplicity and comfort”, “durability”, “functional shoes for feet with medical problems”, “elegance for parties”, etc. and acquire skills enough to start up their career as a shoemaker.

Styles & techniques.
- Décolleté (1 shoe, not a pair) from model making to the finishing.
- Inside-out model (reversed): model making and sewing.
- Chanel style sandal, both right and left foot shoes on request.
- Oxford shoe (Italian: "Francesina" style).
- Derby shoe.
- Moccasin.
- “Blake” construction.
- “Goodyear welt” construction.
- “Norwegian” construction.


Course Schedule
    ONE-YEAR program
      I. September 7, 2020 - April 23, 2021
      (Winter break: Dec. 21, 2020 - Jan. 8, 2021)
      II. January 11, 2021 - July 23, 2021
      III. April 26, 2021 - December 17, 2021
      (Summer break: July 26 - Sept. 3)
      IV. September 6, 2021 - April 22, 2022
      (Winter break: Dec. 20, 2020 - Jan. 7, 2021)

      SEMESTER program
        I. September 7, 2020 - December 18, 2020
        II. January 11, 2021 - April 23, 2021
        III. April 26, 2021 - July 23, 2021
        IV. September 6, 2021 - December 17, 2021
        V. January 10, 2022 - April 22, 2022
Language
With English interpreter

 

Master Course

Overview

Our Shoemaking Master Course is tailored for students with proven experience in handmade shoe production. Accademia Riaci offers unique opportunities for students, thanks to its close relationship with the leather industry. By visiting local shoe factories/laboratories, students will have the chance to learn first-hand how the shoe process is realized through concept work-production-sales. During the second semester of the program, students will work on a corporate study, working on projects together with local companies under the supervision of their teacher, to learn the actual production process in Italy, which is known for producing shoes of the highest quality in the world. The goal of our master is to develop highly qualified professionals through the creation of a career-oriented portfolio which is essential for achieving a breakthrough career.


Course Schedule
One-Year program
    I. September 7, 2020 - April 23, 2021
    (Winter break: Dec. 21, 2020 - Jan. 8, 2021)
    II. January 11, 2021 - July 23, 2021
    III. April 26, 2021 - December 17, 2021
    (Summer break: July 26 - Sept. 3)
    IV. September 6, 2021 - April 22, 2022
    (Winter break: Dec. 20, 2020 - Jan. 7, 2021)

    Semester program
      I. September 7, 2020 - December 18, 2020
      II. January 11, 2021 - April 23, 2021
      III. April 26, 2021 - July 23, 2021
      IV. September 6, 2021 - December 17, 2021
      V. January 10, 2022 - April 22, 2022
Language
With English interpreter

 

Short Course

Overview

Students will learn basic techniques of shoemaking through semi-intensive lessons, making shoes for their size. It includes all the steps of shoemaking, from measuring the size, cutting patterns, cutting leather, composing, sewing, and finishing. According to the length of the course and experience, students can produce various types of shoes.

Please note that the minimum course duration is 6 weeks, which is the time required to complete a handmade shoe.

Shoemaking classes are NOT available during the whole month of August.


Course Schedule
    1 - 2 - 3 weeks:
    every Monday
    4 - 6 - 8 weeks:
    2020: Sep 7, Sep 28, Nov 2, Nov 30
    12 weeks:
    2020: Sep 7
Language
With English interpreter

 

Summer Intensive Course

Note: the "Summer Intensive Course" has the same contents as the "Short Course", but with a double number of lessons. Furthermore, it includes housing and extracurricular activities and services.

Overview

Students will learn basic techniques of shoemaking through intensive lessons, making shoes for their size. It includes all the steps of shoemaking process, from measuring the size, cutting patterns, cutting leather, composing, sewing, and finishing. According to the length of the course and experience, students can produce various types of shoes.

Please note that the minimum course duration is 4 weeks (intensive), which is the time required to complete a handmade shoe.

Shoemaking classes are NOT available during the whole month of August.

    Summer Intensive Course fees include:
  • Enrollment fee
  • Tuition
  • Facility fees (no materials)
  • Orientation
  • Welcome lunch
  • Welcome kit (city map, pen, notebook, file folder, one lunch ticket)
  • Bus tickets
  • Weekly guided art visits:
    students will visit the best sightseeing and historical monuments of the city.
  • Housing: shared apartments – twin room (single room at an extra cost*)
  • Housing utility costs
  • 4 daily meal + 2 coffee/tea/mineral water vouchers a week
  • Cultural activities: once every 2 weeks
    (e.g.: ceramic laboratory visit, antique market visit, Tuscan farmhouse visit, pizza lesson)
  • English interpretation during lessons with the teacher and visits.

Course Schedule
    2021 Schedule
    2 weeks
    May 2 (Sun) – May 15 (Sat)
    May 16 (Sun) – May 29 (Sat)
    May 30 (Sun) – June 12 (Sat)
    June 13 (Sun) – June 26 (Sat)
    June 27 (Sun) – July 10 (Sat)
    July 11 (Sun) – July 24 (Sat)
    July 25 (Sun) – August 7 (Sat)
    August 22 (Sun) – September 4 (Sat)★
    September 5 (Sun) – September 18 (Sat)
    September 19 (Sun) – October 2 (Sat)

    4 weeks
    May 2 (Sun) – May 29 (Sat)
    May 16 (Sun) – June 12 (Sat)
    May 30 (Sun) – June 26 (Sat)
    June 13 (Sun) – July 10 (Sat)
    June 27 (Sun) – July 24 (Sat)
    July 11 (Sun) – August 7 (Sat)
    July 25 (Sun) – September 4 (Sat)★
    September 5 (Sun) – October 2 (Sat)

    6 weeks
    May 2 (Sun) – June 12 (Sat)
    May 16 (Sun) – June 26 (Sat)
    May 30 (Sun) – July 10 (Sat)
    June 13 (Sun) – July 24 (Sat)
    June 27 (Sun) – August 7 (Sat)
    July 25 (Sun) – September 18 (Sat)★

    8 weeks
    May 2 (Sun) – June 26 (Sat)
    May 16 (Sun) – July 10 (Sat)
    May 30 (Sun) – July 24 (Sat)
    June 13 (Sun) – August 7 (Sat)
    June 27 (Sun) – September 4 (Sat)★
    July 25 (Sun) – October 2 (Sat)★

    12 weeks
    May 2 (Sun) – July 24 (Sat)
    May 30 (Sun) – September 4 (Sat)★

    only the following subjects: Painting and Drawing, Jewelry Making, Art History, Italian Home Cooking, Gelato Course, Italian language.
Language
With English interpreter

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Bespoke Shoemaking in Florence – Italy

Italy is the core of leather crafting art in the world, hosting numerous prestigious brands recognized globally. The reason why Italian shoes enchant so many people all over the world is their highly sophisticated designs realized by the endless pursuit of the quality of Italian artisans who put a value on creating beautiful, comfortable with a feather touch, and inspiring shoes.
Florence above all Italian cities has been the center of the Italian leather industry, nurturing generations of highly skilled artisans and craftsmen, with an uncompromising insistence on quality and top-level techniques. Such a shoemaking industry now seeks to incorporate traditional and modern techniques, moving forward together with new market tendencies. In such fast-moving and globalizing environment, cultivating a new generation of shoemaking artisans who preserve the precious tradition of the shoe industry is an utmost theme in Italy.

Shoemaking Course is ON THE AIR! / Interview


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Instructor

Prof. IMPERATRICE

Shoemaking instructors are from Italian families, who has been making leather shoes for generations. The laboratory is located in the very center of Florence, a few steps from the “Duomo”. The teacher will show students every step of leather crafts in an easy and comprehensive manner.

Gallery

Shoe Making