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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. 15, 2016 | Posted in Reports, Shoemaking , | Tags:, Reporter: Lara Blevi | Course: Shoemaking

Shoe Making 13-One Year Course 2016

The second last week before the holidays and we are definitely not slowing down. This was quite a labor-intensive week as we all prepared our insoles for the Goodyear technique. The proses takes a lot of time, strength and focus as you need to carve out two channels on the bottom of the sole and also make holes through them to be able to stich through with the hand-sewing needles.


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Prof Angelo explaining to the class how to start the insole for the Goodyear technique.


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After the insole as been set on the last overnight to dry, the needles are removed and the excess leather is cut of from the sides of the last. After that you end up with a perfectly shaped insole for the last of your shoe.


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Here you can see the sole on the last before the excess has been cut of and what the sole is meant to look like after the whole process of carving the channels for the Goodyear is completed.


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You can also draw the lines of the channels on the sole to make it easier to cut straight and to make sure that the channels ends up even.


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Joanne working her way through the whole process and trying not the cut herself. It takes a lot of focus to work with the knife and to make sure that your fingers are never in the wrong direction while cutting.


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The uppers of the shoes that I am working on for my boyfriend. This is just before I started the lasting process after I finished my insoles.


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Bernardo helped me with the pre-lasting of the shoe, as the leather that I am working on is pretty thick and difficult to mount. First the front of the shoe is roughly shaped and then the back heel end is lasted with small needles. After the back is complete only the front toe lining is lasted and then the reinforcement for the toe is placed in between the upper and the lining of the shoe.


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During the lasting process it is very important to check the upper of the shoe for any imperfections and creases.


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The beautifully lit up Christmas tree outside of the Duomo. Florence is becoming so busy as everyone is doing their Christmas shopping and enjoying all the markets and live music in the streets.


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This weekend we also celebrated Andrea’s 21st birthday and we all went to Wasabi for all-you-can-eat sushi dinner.




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