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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.




Feb. 13, 2017 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags:, | Language:
Reporter: Lara Blevi | Course: Shoe Making/Design

Shoe Making 18-One Year Course 2016

In the beginning of this week I finished of all my last details for my black shoe. I deiced to make it somewhat different and painted the sole of the shoe red. It came out so beautifully and looks really professional. Once I finished my shoes I went on to design my next pair of shoes, which will be an ankle boot for myself. I had a few ideas and by Friday I knew exactly what I was going to do.


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On Monday we celebrated Jo’s Birthday and had a great little party with the class with lots of cake and champagne. It is always so fun when someone has they’re birthday as the whole class is always in such great spirit.


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Here you can see the process where I painted the side of my sole black. It’s a tricky step, as you cannot mess any of the black paint on your shoe. I taped the bottom of the shoe to prevent any mistakes and to keep it precise.


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After I finished the black paint, I painted the inside of the under sole red. This was so messy and had to wear cloves to prevent my hands from staining. We all joked that I looked like I was doing surgery on my shoes!


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After I finished with the red, I painted the final rim of the under sole black. After the paint is done, all they need to do is dry.


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Once all the paint is dry the final waxing and cleaning processes takes place. Special creams and fats are used for the leather and wax on the sole to make it extra shiny and add that final touch.


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I also added a Firenze stand to the bottom of my shoe. I loved it so much and will be designing my own stamp for my next pair of shoes.


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Here are all my design for my boots. The biggest drawing is my final design and I am so excited to get started on them! I will go to Alpel next week Monday to buy my leather.


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Here is my shoe last after it has been taped to make the pattern. The tape will be pulled off the last and placed onto cardboard where the pattern is traced off.


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