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Introduction to Footwear Design

Introduction to Footwear Design

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Fiona Campbell


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. 

The course includes:

  • How to develop your design ideas 
  • Footwear design and construction theory
  • Decoding Trends and Fashion Predictions
  • Story/Mood Boards
  • Design development process
  • Range building
  • Drawing techniques
  • Tutorial on digital processes

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 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, later combining her work in Industry with teaching and learning at UAL. She completed a Postgraduate Certificate followed by an MA in 2008, conducting research on sustainable materials for footwear and accessories, gaining a Leathersellers’ Guild Award for her innovative sustainable shoe collection. She pioneered teaching footwear courses in Dubai and Singapore, such as Designing a Shoe Collection to Producing Footwear and Branding. 

Fiona has extensive experience of sourcing and manufacturing in Italy and Spain through putting her own designs into production and working with designer labels. This has given her a broad knowledge of production processes from design to all technical aspects of construction and digital technology. From fashion to bespoke she has sourced and worked with a variety of materials from luxury leathers to alternative sustainable materials. She partnered in the launch of an online shoe brand in AW 14/15 where individuals could customise a shoe design by selecting the shape, heel height, and material through a 3D platform and was an early adaptor in transferring her combined knowledge of bespoke and production into digital processes. From start-ups to Selfridges, she is happy to advise within all aspects of her knowledge.


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

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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