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Yi-Chen Chou

Nationality: Taiwan
Course: Shoe Making
Program: Master 1year Course
Period: Sept.8,2014-Apr. 24,2015

With medical background specializing in biomechanics of lower extremity, Yi-Chen Chou is interested in producing bespoke shoes for both general population and people with special needs. By taking the entry level of shoe making course last year at Florence, she has now equipped with the fundamental skills of shoemaking, and would like to learn more advanced shoemaking techniques as well as to integrate the gained knowledge onto prospective orthopedic shoes using customized lasts through her second year.

Jan. 27, 2015 | Posted in Blog, Shoemaking , | Tags:, | Language:
Reporter: Yi-Chen Chou | Course: Shoemaking

Spring 2015:Shoe Making Course 2

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1) On my way to school. These hustle-bustle cars on the streets remind us that another busy week has begun.


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2) This semester, we have two new students joining us, and this is Wang Jia transfered from Polimoda.

這學期有兩個新生,而這是自Polimoda轉學過來的Wang Jia。

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3) Luca is about to attach his outsoles, but before that, he used cork to fill all the gaps to ensure a better bonding.


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4) Josh was learning how to apply leather toe caps for better protection in men’s footwear.


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5) Earlene has almost done her moccasins, and is about to do pattern trial on her next shoe.


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6) Amy was working on her brogues, which requires tons of patience.


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7) This week, I’ve started my collaboration project with a local orthopedic shop to learn how to measure the foot and modify the last properly.


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8) Josh is my first model for orthopedic shoes as he has flat feet. First of all, we put his feet into the foam to get the actual foot shapes.


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9) Then we made a plaster cast based on the acquired shapes in order to produce Josh’s customized plantar.


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10) After school on this Thursday, there was a protest on my way home due to the economic crisis in Italy.


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