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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.


Mar. 03, 2017 | Posted in Reports, Shoemaking , | Tags:, Reporter: Caterina Melidoni | Course: Shoemaking

Shoe Making 6-One Year Course 2017 (Student1)

Finally the lasts we ordered at the factory arrived! So this week we have all been busy in creating the francesina model on our own last. It is not easy to make a shoe and for sure to design it as well. Choose the proper style, combining shapes, textures and colors is an important step for a capable shoemaker.

During extra school hours I worked on a personal project. I decided to make a pochette for my mum whose birthday is the next week.

Another weekend, another friend from Rome came to visit me! On Saturday morning Elena arrived in Florence and we spent all the day walking in the sun around the city (but was rather windy). We have been friends since we were 12 years old. During these months I have missed her a lot.




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My own last with the design I chose for my francesina.


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The second step consists of paper patterns.


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First test with Z12 to check the design.


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Kamla is making francesina for her boyfriend, so sweet! (I’m making them for myself, one of the advantages of being single haha)


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The present for my mom’s birthday is not finished already. Anyway I hope she will like it.


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Making the sole for francesina.


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And here it is!


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On saturday morning slow and lovely italian breakfast in the center. (If I had instagram this would be a perfect pic)


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Elena fell in love with Florence.


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The wonderful view from ‘Giardino di Boboli’.




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