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Short Course

Shoe Making Pumps or Heels Short Course

College
London College of Fashion

Our Shoe Making Pumps or Heels course will cover all aspects of design and making a pair of shoes.

Course description

On this shoe making course you will cover all aspects of design and making of a pair of heels or ballet pumps, starting with the foot anatomy and measurements using a contemporary last. Youll then be taken step by step through creating different patterns for a variety of styles.

Once you have chosen your style, youll move onto creating your own pattern, before being shown the different processes involved in constructing a completed pair of shoes. Youll then be able to make your pair of shoes using a variety of industrial machines in our extensive workshops. Well also demonstrate the hand cutting and stitching techniques that are often used for bespoke shoe making.

Although not a design course, there will be the opportunity to make lots of creative choices on your style of heels or ballet pumps, and youll also be given the opportunity to add your own trims and embellishments.

Leather is provided for your shoe, but you can also choose to buy your own under the guidance of the tutor.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

This course is scheduled to run on campus in a face to face delivery format. Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation this course may be adapted in line with UK government guidance or other operational requirements. This may include changing course location (to another UAL site), cancellation of the course, or moving part or all of the course online. In the event of any changes being required we will inform you as soon as possible and support you in any changes required. Please bear this in mind when making any travel, visa, or accommodation arrangements.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.

Details

Topics covered:

  • Understanding pattern cutting for heels or ballet pumps
  • Understanding leather quality and the various materials used for shoe construction
  • Lasting procedure (shaping and moulding the leather)
  • Understanding of closing machine and techniques
  • Attaching heels and soles
  • Hand cutting and stitching techniques

Please note:

You will make either a pair of heels or ballet pumps. While every effort will be made to meet your size requirements, please be aware that it may not always be possible to make the shoe in your desired size. This is not a design course and the shoe style you make will be determined by the capabilities of the studio.


Materials

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

  • HB pencils, eraser and pencil sharpener
  • Roll of masking tape (1 inch wide)

All other specialist equipment will be provided. While every effort will be made to meet your size requirements, please be aware that it may not always be possible to make the shoe in your desired size. This is not a design course and the shoe style you make will be determined by the capabilities of the studio.


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