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Footwear Design: Intensive

Footwear Design: Intensive

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Havva Mustafa


Have you wanted to know more about what’s involved in being a shoe designer or thinking of designing your own shoe collection? This shoe design course covers content from our 'Introduction to Footwear Design' alongside more advanced design techniques.

Under the expert guidance of the tutor, this inspirational and comprehensive footwear design course will take you through all the processes involved in designing your own collection. You’ll start by looking at how shape and function affect shoe design and investigate different drawing techniques whilst you develop your own design ideas.

You’ll explore different materials and trims and how to incorporate these into your design work. The course will also cover different ways of applying colour and texture through traditional skills.  

Once confident in the basics of designing and researching you’ll then be given a project to complete in order to bring your research and design skills to production level.  During this project you'll gain an understanding of technical terminology.

During your sessions you’ll be guided through creating specification sheets for effective communication with manufacturers. You’ll also be given an overview of the production cycle and procedures within the footwear industry.

The course includes:

  • How to develop your design ideas
  • Footwear design and construction theory
  • Story/mood boards
  • Design development process 
  • Drawing techniques
  • Range building 
  • Production awareness
  • Design mock ups
  • Technical drawing

The course will be taught through a variety of technical workshops supported by lectures. This is a design course, and does not involve shoe making.  

Feedback from students:

"It was an amazing experience. The tutor was professional, punctual and helpful. The course was very useful and I was inspired and learned a lot from it. I definitely recommend this course and any course given by this tutor Havva."


Beginners. You should have an interest in the subject area and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older.


Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Tutor Description

Havva Mustafa was born into a family of third generation footwear artisans and designers, and growing up with the curious shapes of patterns, lasts and heels evoked an interest and passion for footwear from a very early age. Havva followed in her fathers footsteps and studied at the prestigious Cordwainers Footwear College in London. Developing strong technical skills and graduated with a degree in footwear design and construction, she spent several years in the footwear industry  gaining valuable experience in design, development and resourcing roles. She has now developed and launched her own brand HAVVA.


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:

  • A4 Layout pad (80 sheets of 45gsm by Daler Rowney or equivalent)
  • A5 sketchbook (140gsm cartridge paper seawhite starter sketchbook or equivalent)
  • Sketching pencils (HB, B, 2B such as Derwent Graphic)
  • A Staedtler 0.3mm black fine liner pen
  • Coloured prints from the internet or magazines of a subject that interests you to use as a theme for your design inspiration and your favourite shoe

Students will be required to put a minimum of £2 on a printing account and pay by debit or credit card – the tutor will advise you during your course. We recommend that you buy your materials from an art shop.

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