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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. 14, 2017 | Posted in Reports, Shoemaking , | Tags:, Reporter: Caterina Melidoni | Course: Shoemaking

Shoe Making 3-One Year Course 2017 (Student1)

Finally our chanel models are taking shape. This week we made a lot, our first handmade shoe is almost finished. Shoe upper, lining and insole are ready to be assembled on the sole. Can’t wait for it!
We also used new machineries, such as the grinding wheel, which is needed to smooth the imperfections on the model.
On Friday a friend of mine came from Milan to see me. Has been a wonderful weekend going around Florence like tourists. We visited the historical center and went to interesting exhibitions.


Caterina MELIDONI_20170203_01 Firstly we tested the upper on the last, so we could choose to change something about shape and design.


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The assembly starts with nail the lining down.


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The lining needs to be well stretched, so no wrinkles will form.


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Glue and nails take control and stop the lining on the last.


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Then we made the same work with the upper. Stretched it and nailed it down.


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Kamla is really happy about her own model. The most fashionable one!


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It is important to find the proper heel fitting on the last.


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Angelo explaining us how to use the machinery that slims the leather down.


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The grinding wheel smoothes all the imperfections under the shoe, shaped during the assembly


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The ‘Klimt experience’ in Santo Stefano has been more than a common exhibition.




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