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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.




Apr. 14, 2017 | Posted in Reports, Shoemaking , | Tags:, Reporter: Lara Blevi | Course: Shoemaking

Shoe Making 24-One Year Course 2016

There is officially a month left before the end of the course. I cannot believe how quickly the time passed this year. I really hope to do at least one more pair of shoes for my mother before the end of the course. Last week I finished my brother’s shoes and also bought laces for them. I am very happy with how they turned out.

コースの終了まで、残り1ヶ月となりました。今年は信じられないくらい早く時が過ぎていきました。コース終了前に、少なくとももう一足、母のための靴を作りたいと思っています。先週、私は兄の靴を作り終え、ひもも買いました。 出来栄えにとても満足しています

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I decided to keep the sole of the shoe a natural color. I wanted to keep it as informal as possible and the natural sole gives it that effect.


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After the paint has dried, the bottom of the shoe is skived smooth with the very fine skiving paper, and then polished with a special product to protect the leather on the bottom of the shoe.


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For my dad’s boots I finished the upper completely including the lining. I also finished preparing the insole for the Tyrolese stitching and will hopefully start mounting the boots on Monday.


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On Thursday morning Jo, Joe and I went for a run. We are all training for the half marathon if we manage to make it!


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My very first Gelato this year. Can’t believe it took me this long. The weather is finally warm enough to justify having a gelato every single day.




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