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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.




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

Shoe Making 21-One Year Course 2016

This week was so great. I finally finished my boots, continued to work on the shoe for my brother and the lasts for my father’s boots arrived! I also started the pattern for the boots and am so excited to start making them.


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Here you can see my boots with the under sole attached and the heel covered and ready to be attached to. But before I can add the heel I still had to paint the edge of my sole black.


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Painting the edges of the sole can be quite tricky, as you need to make sure not to get any paint on the leather and no paint on the bottom of the shoe as well. Once they were finished it looked so amazing and professional and it came out exactly as I imagined.


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Once the sole was painted I was able to attach the heels. This has to be glued on and then afterwards have nails screwed in from the top to secure the heel properly.


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Here you can see how Bernardo is securing the heel with a screwdriver.


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After the nails are screwed in it gets a final hammer down and the heel it perfectly secure.


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I added a cute detail by putting my initials on the sock of the shoe. I draw a small design on the leather and stitched over it with pink thread.


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And finally they are done! I couldn’t be happier with the outcome and they also fit me perfectly. I cannot wait to start wearing them.


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Over the weekend we all went for burgers at the American diner and had such a fun night.




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