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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.




Feb. 03, 2017 | Posted in Reports, Shoemaking , | Tags:, Reporter: Lara Blevi | Course: Shoemaking

Shoe Making 17-One Year Course 2016

What a productive week! I managed to finish so much work on my shoe this week. I completed the Goodyear construction sewing, the hand sewing through the upper and under sole, and I finished my heels. I am so almost finished. All I need to do on Monday is paint my sole black and do the finishing polish.

I am thinking to add red laces o my shoes, but will also buy a black pair If I would want to change it to a complete black look.



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After the Goodyear construction to the insole of the shoe, the open areas under the shoe is filled up with a material out of cork.


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Once the cork filling in glued on, we use the rasp tool to even out the surface perfectly before adding the under sole.


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The under sole is cut out of very thick and hard leather. Its quite a workout just to cut it out! It is then glued onto the shoes and hammered until the sole is perfectly stuck.


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Tine and Jo while they are doing their Goodyear constructions. Sitting on a low chair is very important as it allows you to hold the shoe in between you legs while pulling the thread through the holes.


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After the out sole is glued on the sole then needs to be prepared in order to start the stitching that goes around the shoe from the upper sole through the under sole.


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A special tool is used to mark where the holes need to be made for the stitching.


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Here you can see the holes that are made on the upper soles. The next step it to prepare the channels on the under sole for the stitching to go in.


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Here Angelo is showing us how to do the stitching and how to work the tool that is used to make the holes where the needle and thread needs to go trough. This is quite a stressful process as any mistake can be seen on the outer sole of your shoe.


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Here you can see my stitching on the outer sole of my shoe.


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After you completed the stitching the channels on the under sole is closed with strong glue and hammered thoroughly before the heel building process begins.


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The next shoe that I will be doing is a Chelsea boot for my dad. Here is the design that I drew and designed during this week. I am thing of doing it with beautiful brown leather, not too dark, with decorations and different panels.


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Here are my shoes after completing the heels. I am so excited to see what they will look like when they are finally finished.


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We always have great conversations and laughs during class. I am really grateful for having such amazing and fun people in my shoe making class.


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On Saturday night we celebrated Jo’s birthday which is this coming Monday! We all went to a great Italian Tapas bar and then went to go play darts at a cozy little bar.


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On Sunday me, Jo and Andrea went for a nice relaxed picnic in the Boboli Gardens. It was such a gorgeous day and we all quickly fell asleep in the sun.




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