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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. 24, 2017 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags:, | Language:
Reporter: Lara Blevi | Course: Shoe Making/Design

Shoe Making 20-One Year Course 2016

I was so impressed with how fast my boots were transforming during this week. I managed to finish all the mounting and the whole upper of the shoe. I even might have been able to finish them, but unfortunately prof Angelo got sick on Wednesday and wasn’t able to come in for the rest of the week. Because I wasn’t able to work further on by boots, I started another pair of shoes that I want to make for my brother.


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This is what the upper looks like after the lining of the shoe has been added. After this, the counter for the heel is added and the mounting process starts.


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Jo also started with a boot, but because she had a different style, the pattern for her boot is much more complicated than the one I am doing, She also has to pre-stretch the leather before it is sewn up and mounted on the shoe last.


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Prof Angelo had to help me to last my shoes, as I was too scared that I might ruin my beautiful leather. It is so amazing to watch him do this as he does it so elegantly and makes it looks so easy.


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After the back of the shoe is finished lasting, the front toe counter has to be added before the rest of the shoe can be lasted and completed.


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Only after the entire shoe is lasted, the buckles can be added before the under sole is added.


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After the lining is glued and skived, the upper leather needs to be mounted and glued thoroughly to make sure that it is strong and secure before the under sole is added.


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Tuesday was Valentines Day and Jo and I decided to go to an all American diner where we had great burgers and lots of fun.


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On Saturday the weather was amazing and we decided to go for a little picnic up on one of the small hills just next to Florence close to Porta Romana where we had wine with gorgeous views and was surrounded with massive ancient villas.


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On Sunday the weather was just as great and Jo and I decided to do another picnic in the Boboli Gardens. We just took some blankets and our books and spent the day lying in the sun and taking naps.


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