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Lara Blevi

Nationality: South-African
Course: Shoe Making
Program: One-Year Atelier Course
Period: Sept 5, 2016-April 25, 2017

After Studying a BA degree in Fashion Design in South Africa, Lara decided that she would love to study further and focus on a specific direction in the fashion industry. During her studies, she followed an internship at a company where she was taught how to make and design handbags out of leather and exotic leather skins.

She knew instantly that she would love to study further and learn more about shoes and decided to come to Firenze, Italy, the most famous city to learn more of leather art and shoes! She found Accademia Riaci and knew that the shoe making course that they had to offer was exactly was she was looking for.

Here she wishes to learn the highest level of shoe making techniques and to be able to follow her dream to become a designer with the knowledge of not only fashion, but also the art of shoe and handbag design.




Jan. 27, 2017 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags:, | Language:
Reporter: Lara Blevi | Course: Shoe Making/Design

Shoe Making 16-One Year Course 2016

The first week back in class was really great. It was so good to see everyone again and hear of everyone’s adventures of the holiday and it felt great to be working on my shoes again.

During this week we finished the Goodyear construction of the shoe. This was one of the most satisfying feelings ever as it is such a process to prepare and sew the Goodyear construction that when it comes together it is such a beautiful thing.

On Friday some of us went to go see a movie at the Odeon Theatre. We saw a movie called Silence and had loads of popcorn and even some wine!




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Before we started the Goodyear construction, we all had to practice the stitching first. This form of stitching can also be used for the moccasin style shoe. There is a twist in the technique that enables the stitch to be stronger.


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Angelo showing us how to prepare the thread for the Goodyear construction. The thread is made by twisting six strings together and waxing it together so that it is strong enough to use.


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The beginning of the Goodyear construction. The welt is hand sewn to the insole of the shoe through the holes and channels that we prepared while making the insole.


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My Goodyear construction just before finishing it of.


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What my shoe looks like with the welt sewn on and without. The needle that we use is really long and flexible to easily push is through the made holes


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Jo working really had while constructing his Goodyear. Wearing a leather glove on your left hand is important to protect your hand from hurting while doing the process, as you need to pull the thread really hard while tightening it.


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It was a really cold week in Florence even though the sun was shining. I can’t wait for the weather to get a bit better. I am not a big winter person!


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