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Shoe Design For Beginners

Shoe Design For Beginners

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Havva Mustafa


Shoes have always been an integral part of any fashion story, reflecting the influences and moods of the time. In this introductory course you will learn the fundamental shoe design techniques. You will create a three dimensional mock up of your chosen design. This will be part of a mini design project that will illustrate the interactive nature of footwear design and fashion.

Topics covered

  • a history of footwear
  • an introduction to the last (the mould the shoe is formed around)
  • the essential techniques used in drawing and designing different types of footwear
  • presentation techniques and bottom construction design including sock and sole
  • theory regarding the different upper materials and edge treatments that can be integrated into your design ideas
  • the various constructions used in the making process in the footwear industry

Entry requirements: You must have basic understanding of spoken English due to the technicalities and processes of this course

Level: Beginners

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

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.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • 1 inch roll of masking tape
  • A3 or A4 sketch pad
  • Pencil or Retractable Pencil and Rubber
  • A camera would be useful but not essential

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