Reporter: Francis Waplinger

Dec. 18, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Shoemaking , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoemaking
Shoe Making 14.12.14 : Assistant Report 10

Process of sewing the uppers. These are for the sides of the boot. More uppers! So far so good! This will be the front pattern piece. Part of the lining. The Ponte Vecchio is a uniq… [Read more]


Dec. 12, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Shoemaking, Living in Florence , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoemaking
Shoe Making 7.12.14 : Assistant Report 9

A beautiful day in Florence! The German Christmas market has opened in Piazza Santa Croce. The market happens every year in December. The market is filled with food and merchandise. My favorite… [Read more]


Dec. 04, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Shoemaking , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoemaking
Shoe Making 30.11.14 : Assistant Report 8

Here are some more patterns I have cut for my boots. It turned out that the leather I had chosen to use was too soft for a men’s boot. So, I decided to re-cut the pattern with a different leat… [Read more]


Nov. 27, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Shoemaking , | Tags: , | Language:
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Shoe Making 23.11.14 : Assistant Report 7

Piazza Santa Croce. A puppeteer in Piazza Santa Croce, this guy performs most Sundays in the piazza when the weather is good. All the little children and their family always get a kick out of t… [Read more]


Nov. 20, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Shoemaking , | Tags: , | Language:
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Shoe Making 16.11.14 : Assistant Report 6

Here is my finished trial fitting shoe still on the last. This trial fit is an all glue construction. I made this pattern before I changed the pattern to my newest design. However, for the purpose o… [Read more]


Nov. 13, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Shoemaking , | Tags: , | Language:
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Shoe Making 09.11.14 : Assistant Report 5

Here is a new test prototype in leather and linen. After adjusting the old design for the boots I am working on, I decided I needed to make some changes to the pattern. The design was not working on… [Read more]


Nov. 06, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Shoemaking , | Tags: , | Language:
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Shoe Making 02.11.14 : Assistant Report 4

This weekend I went to a monthly antique market that takes place in Arezzo. Arezzo is a small city located one hour from Florence. The market is held through out the entire historic city center of Are… [Read more]


Oct. 31, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Shoemaking , | Tags: , | Language:
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Shoe Making 26.10.14 : Assistant Report 3

Le Vespe is a quaint cafe located in the Santa Croce area of Florence. They have some of the best coffee in Florence, as well as good “comfort” food and fresh juices and smoothies. I went there this… [Read more]


Oct. 31, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Shoemaking , | Tags: , | Language:
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Shoe Making 19.10.14 : Assistant Report 2

This is a test pattern for the boots I am working on. I’m not 100% percent satisfied with the model. I will need to make some adjustments and possibly another pattern. It can be difficult to make al… [Read more]


Oct. 31, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Shoemaking , | Tags: , | Language:
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Shoe Making 05.10.14 : Assistant Report 1

Florence is a wonderful city filled with countless things to do. Try grabbing a coffee outside at one of many outdoor bars and you will feel just like a local Florentine! There are many antiqu… [Read more]


Oct. 31, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Shoemaking , | Tags: , | Language:
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Francis Waplinger Biography and Introduction

Hi, my name is Francis Waplinger and I am from Seattle, Washington, USA. I came to Florence to study shoe making at Accademia Riaci. Before arriving in Florence, I studied at the Savannah College of… [Read more]