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Introduction to Footwear Design

Introduction to Footwear Design

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Fiona Campbell


This shoe design course will immerse you in the world of footwear design, and provide you with an introduction to designing for the footwear market. We'll address the tricky challenge of designing footwear that's not only practical but fashionable also. Through practical exercises and focused discussions, you'll really get under the skin of the footwear design process.

The course includes:

  • How to develop your design ideas
  • Visual communication and illustration skills through traditional skills and digital design
  • Design development process
  • Story/mood boards
  • Range building
  • Decoding trends and fashion predictions

Drawing and presentation will be covered in a series of technical workshops. This is a design course and doesn't involve footwear construction. In order to get the most out of the course, some independent study outside of the course hours may be required.


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.


London College of Fashion joined forces with the world-renowned Cordwainers College in 2000, forming a union of unique specialist expertise in footwear and accessories. This collaboration has broadened LCF’s portfolio of specialist courses and since its formation has trained some of London’s most interesting shoe designers.

Tutor Description

Fiona Campbell is a footwear design alumni of Cordwainers College, now London College of Fashion. She commenced her career with a fashion company supplying Miss Selfridge and Topshop, before setting up her own footwear label which focused on fast moving fashion. From here she moved sectors and undertook training in luxury bespoke footwear, combining her work in Industry with teaching and learning at UAL. She completed a Postgraduate Certificate in 2006 followed by an MA in 2008 in which she researched sustainable materials for footwear and accessories, gaining a Leathersellers’ Guild Award for her shoe collection. She pioneered teaching footwear courses in Dubai and Singapore from Designing a Shoe Collection to Producing Footwear and Branding.Fiona has extensive experience of sourcing and manufacturing in Italy gained by putting her own designs into production and working with other designer labels. Due to this, she has a broad knowledge of production processes from design through all the technical aspects of construction and digital technology. From fashion to bespoke she has sourced and worked with a variety of materials from leather, luxury leathers and alternative sustainable materials. She partnered in the launch of an online shoe brand in AW 14/15 where individuals could customise their selected shoe design by selecting the shape, heel height, and material of their shoes through a 3D platform. She was an early adaptor in transferring her combined knowledge of bespoke and production into digital processes and is happy to advise on footwear aspects within all areas of her practice.


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)
  • Staedtler 0.3mm black fine liner pen
  • USB stick
  • Light grey or beige tombow pen (optional)
  • 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

We recommend that you buy your materials from an art shop. As part of your research you will be required to do some printing. Please bring a small amount of cash to the course on your first day to credit your printing account. It is unlikely you will need to spend more than £5.

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