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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.


Feb. 06, 2017 | Posted in Reports, Shoemaking , | Tags:, Reporter: Caterina Melidoni | Course: Shoemaking

Shoe Making 2-One Year Course 2017 (Student1)

The second week has been focused on the different décolleté models. We practice a lot but also learn more about good leather and lasts as well. In fact we went both to some leather shops and the lasts factory, “Formificio Romagnoli”, which is one of the well-known in Italy.

It is stimulating to discover everyday something new, and share this passion with different people of different cultures.



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The décolleté ‘Rovesciato’ consists of an hidden stitching.


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Angelo is always looking after our work, in order to achieve the best results.


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We can always count on the assistants help.


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Inside the leather shop, it has been hard to make a decision on which one to take. A lot of wonderful colors and textures.


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A detail about how ‘Rovesciato’ is made with the additional support.


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On Thursday we went to ‘Formificio Romagnoli’ (lasts factory) and we ordered our own lasts.


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There were a lot of particular and well made lasts.


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On Friday evening Mai and Kamla appreciated Tuscan Schiacciata (a kind of filled sandwich).


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Sharing passion for shoe making and good wine is a perfect combo for making new friends.




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