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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. 16, 2017 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags:, | Language:
Reporter: Lara Blevi | Course: Shoe Making/Design

Shoe Making 19-One Year Course 2016

This week started on a high note and finished on one too! On Monday I went to Alpel to buy leather for my boots. I was planning on buying a camel color patent leather but fell in love with a stunning pink shiny patent leather instead. I decided to be risky and take a chance. I bought the leather and haven’t regretted it for a second!

On Friday Jo and I started training for the half marathon and ran 11km all the way from the Pitti Palace to the end of the Cashine Park and back.

Over the weekend Joe and I travelled to Milan to visit the Micam shoe fair where shoe merchandisers from all over the world display the newest collections.




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The gorgeous pink leather that I bought! We are calling it the Unicorn boot.


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After completing the pattern, I placed it on the leather and cut it out carefully, making sure not to make any mistakes and waste any leather.


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After cutting the leather I started to construct the insole of the shoe, as it needs about 12hours to set before you can continue to work on it.


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After the sole has rested over night, the shank is formed and added to the insole and then covered by another piece of leather.


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Jo is making a shoe for her boyfriend and makes the mock up of the shoe to make sure she liked the style and proportions before she carried on to cut the leather.


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Here you can see most of the upper part of my shoe sewn together. All that still needs to be added here is the zip at the back so that I can add the lining inside and start mounting the shoe.


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I added the zips and as you can also see I painted the edges of the leather black. I did this to add just a little contrast so that the shoe is not too overwhelmingly pink.


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Joe and I on Sunday at the Micam fair in Milan. We had such a great and inspiring day seeing all the newest collections of so many stunning brands from all over the world.


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After the fair we had some extra time and decided to visit Milan central with its gorgeous Duomo. We had pizza for dinner and waffles for dessert.


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