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

Shoe Making 7-One Year Course 2017 (Student1)

During these days we all worked as more as possible to our models, because of next week’s spring break. We completed uppers and linings and we started the assembly by creating the insoles.
Every day I am learning more, lessons are always more interesting and challenging. Can’t wait to see my first really pair of shoes finished!
On Sunday I came back to my home town in Calabria, where my mom is living. I missed her so much.


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I made my first neckline. Rather difficult!


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Here we complete the shoe upper, making holes for laces.


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The red stitching is so called ‘fermatura’. It helps to secure the two shoe’s parts.


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The two tests I made.


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Fixing the lining during the shoe assembly.


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We put a support on the point, between upper and lining.


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Then we fixed the upper as well.


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My first test took shape.


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I finished my mom’s pochette. I already thought about some outfits.


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The train to Calabria seemed like a boat on the sea.


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