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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.




Dec. 01, 2016 | Posted in Reports, Shoemaking , | Tags:, Reporter: Lara Blevi | Course: Shoemaking

Shoe Making 10-One Year Course 2016

This past week was a very eventful week. Last weekend I travelled to Venice with my boyfriend and had an amazing adventure of sight seeing and walking through the special streets of Venice. We also visited the glass blowing museum on the Murano Island and even went on a Gondola. On Monday I was back in full force working on my shoes and very excited how it was beginning to turn out.

My boyfriend left on Tuesday and on Friday we also had to say goodbye to Chirag, who became a dear friend to all of us while he was attending the short shoe-making course for six weeks.

By Friday most of us had already lasted our shoes and were ready to add the sole and heel. Next week Tuesday we should be finished with our first pair of shoes and will then be starting with the Derby shoe and the Goodyear hand sewing technique.




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The uppers of my shoes all finished and ready to mount and last on my shoe last.


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My shoes in the process of lasting. Here I have mounted the back of the shoe as visible with the short nails and the front lining of the shoe with tall needles. After this step the front toe reinforcement of the shoe will be added and then the upper leather will be mounted over and nailed to the shoe last.


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Joanne after finishing her lasting of the shoes and added a welt to the rim of the shoe as visible as extra decoration.


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Masami is working extremely fast and is already working on her third pair of shoes! Here she is discussing her next step with Prof Angelo for her bright orange Oxford shoes.


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Tina in the final lasting process with her shoes.


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Chirag with Prof Angelo on the last day of his course. He ended up making a stunning pair of Oxford shoes.


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Masami sewing her upper for her orange shoes. She decided to add an extra green decoration in between the upper and the lining.


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My shoes just after the lasting process. After this I added welt decoration and the sole of the shoe.


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Chirag’s stunning pair of shoes that he completed just before he left.


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We all went out for Chinese food and a fun night on Wednesday night for Chirag’s farewell.


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Me and my boyfriend in Venice on a Gondola through the grand canal and small romantic roads.




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