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Introduction to Footwear Design

Footwear Design

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Fiona Campbell


Under the expert guidance of the tutor, this inspirational and concise footwear design course will take you through all the processes involved in designing a variety of footwear styles, including sneakers. You’ll start by looking at how shape and function affect footwear design and learn drawing techniques to enable you to develop your own design ideas.

This course will include different ways of applying colour and texture through traditional skills and selecting materials and trims for your designs, giving you the required foundation skills ideal for moving forward.  

Once confident in the basics of designing and researching, you will work on a project to help bring your research and design skills to production level and to gain an understanding of technical terminology.

The course includes:

  • Drawing techniques
  • Footwear design and construction theory
  • Decoding Trends and Fashion Predictions
  • Story/Mood Boards
  • Design development
  • Range building

Drawing and presentation will be covered in a series of technical workshops. This is a design course and doesn't involve footwear construction.


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 alumnus of Cordwainers College, now LCF. She commenced her career with a fashion company supplying Miss Selfridge and the High Street, before setting up her own footwear label. From here she moved sectors and undertook training in luxury bespoke footwear, later combining her work with teaching at UAL and pioneering teaching courses in Design and Production in Dubai and Singapore. She completed a Postgraduate Certificate followed by an MA in which she researched sustainability. From this she created a collection using recycled materials and recycled leather aimed at reducing the use of chemicals, and started her sustainable shoe business. Since then she has continued to research and offer advice to companies on sustainable materials and practices.

Fiona has a broad knowledge of production, from design through to all technical aspects of construction, gained from her experience of sourcing and manufacturing in Italy and Spain whilst working with designer labels and producing her own designs. She partnered in the launch of an online shoe brand where individuals could customise a shoe design by selecting the shape, heel height, and material through a 3D platform and was an early adopter in transferring her combination of knowledge into digital technology. From first-hand experience , through luxury leathers to sustainable materials, she is happy to advise clients from start-ups to Selfridges 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 or A3 Layout pad bleed proof for markers (weight from 70gsm to 130gsm )
  • A5 sketchbook (cartridge paper 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
  • Laptop/iPad/tablet

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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