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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.




Jan. 19, 2017 | Posted in Reports, Shoemaking , | Tags:, Reporter: Lara Blevi | Course: Shoemaking

Shoe Making 14-One Year Course 2016

As the last week of the year came upon us there was a lot of excitement for the holidays, but that also meant crunch time for some of us that still wanted to finish one of our pairs of shoes to take back home. Luckily I managed to finish my pair of shoes that I made my boyfriend for Christmas. I am so excited for him to try them on. I just really hope they fit!


During the week I also finished my last Christmas shopping and cleaned my flat for my brother and his friend that came to visit me on the Friday. We had a great weekend as I showed them around Florence as well as some great bars and clubs. I also made sure to take them to some tasty Tuscan restaurants. They left on Sunday morning and I started packing most of my thing as I was flying back to South Africa the next day.


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Here are the shoes I made for my boyfriend while I was on the lasting stage. This was how far I was on the Monday and needed to work really fast to be able to finish them by the Friday.


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Masami was already hand sewing her shoes for the Goodyear technique. The process is quite harsh on your hands, so wearing a form of leather glove could help a lot.


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Prof Angelo showed us a quick and easy way to last your shoe with a staple gun. We were all so stunned how much faster it went. I think we all might just get a staple gun to make life easier!


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Joanne made a gorgeous and delicious cheesecake for our little farewell Christmas party.


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Angelo explaining and showing us the very special technique on how to prepare your thread to be able to use it for the Goodyear sewing technique.


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Here he also explained to us all the different hand-sewing styles that you can use on shoes, some of then even only for decorative use.


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My boyfriend’s shoes with the soles finished and the leather polished. After this the last gets taken out and you get to add your own choice of laces. I wanted to add red laces, but used navy instead as I wasn’t able to find the right color red.


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Bernardo showing us again on Joe’s shoe how to add the toe reinforcement onto the shoe the right and perfect way without any creases or folds.


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Me, my brother and his friend that came to visit me on the Friday. I showed them around Florence and we went for sundowners on piazzale Michelangelo. Here you have the most beautiful view of the whole of Florence.


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Me and my brother in front of Ponte Vecchio.




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