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Caterina Melidoni
Caterina Melidoni

Nationality: Italy
Course: Shoe Making
Program: Avanzata Course
Period: Sep. 4, 2017 – Apr. 28, 2018

After a BA degree in Industrial Design at ISIA in Rome, she decided to move to Florence to learn the ancient and valuable art of shoe making. She always has been interested in design and making shoes . So she found out that Florence and Accademia Riaci would have been the perfect place for learning about.
She wants to gain knowledge about one of the most Italian famous and worldwide appreciated handcraft art. The craft of shoe making deserves to be handed down from one generation to another, to survive as a prestigious art.


Apr. 14, 2017 | Posted in Reports, Shoemaking , | Tags:, Reporter: Caterina Melidoni | Course: Shoemaking

Shoe Making 10-One Year Course 2017 (Student1)

I finished my first pair of shoes! (almost finished)
The Blake stitching is completed, and I spent these last days, working at the heels. It takes time to make them, because they are made by layers created and refined singly.This weekend some friends and relatives came to visit me. So I spent all my days off going around without any time to rest. I was dead tired, but for sure happy.

私の最初の一足が仕上がりました! (ほとんど仕上がりました)
ブレイクステッチが完成し、私はここ数日、かかとを作るのに時間を費やしました。かかとは一層ずつ作っては磨く作業を重ねながら作るので、時間がかかります。今週末は、友人や親戚が私を訪ねてくれました。 そのため休む時間が無く、すべての休日を彼らと過ごすことに費やしました。死ぬほど疲れていますが、とても幸せです。

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The Blake stitching made by using wild boar’s hairs.


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Once the stitching is finished, it is totally hidden inside the sole.


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The layered structure of the heel.


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The last layer is given by the lift we glued and nailed.


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Yes, I said ALMOST finished.


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Shoes waiting to be painted on the sole.


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Giulio’s one is done!


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I love to listen to live music in the bars. On Friday I have been lucky, because this blues – rock group was amazing!


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This is why I said I was dead tired but happy.




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