Shoe Making: Sneakers
On this course you will cover all aspects of design and making a pair of casual sneakers. You will create your own design and draw onto the last a men’s or women’s casual sneaker. You will develop your new pattern techniques, and select your own upper materials which will take you into clicking/closing. Under the guidance of your tutor you will design and construct your own unit/sole with existing materials.
You will begin by discussing your design ideas and then sketching your sneaker design onto the last and making your pattern.
You will be guided through the different types of leather suitable for your design before moving onto the making process. The tutor will demonstrate the skills needed to identify the different upper materials and hand cutting techniques involved. You will also be shown different types of edge treatments.
Based at our Golden Lane site, you’ll have access to the full range of industrial machines used in the making process such as the skiving machine, as well as the different types of sewing machines used for stitching leather. You’ll learn how to click (cut your leather by hand) and how to prepare and fit the many components involved such as the linings, insoles, stiffeners and sole units.
The course will include:
- Materials & leathers and appropriateness of selection
- Explanation of specialist equipment and machinery and treatments which may be achieved
- Basic understanding of terminology and foot anatomy
- Drawing onto the last
- Last taping
- Making an inside and outside/ mean form and design standard
- Pattern cutting
- Closing (stitching the upper)
- Preparing the insole
- Lasting (shaping the leather)
- Attaching the sole unit
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.
What is the difference between sneakers and trainers?
Both shoes have rubber soles and are incredibly similar. The words are also interchanged depending on where you are in the world. However, mechanically, trainers are designed for working out and have thicker soles designed specifically for sport.
Beginners. You should have an interest in the subject area and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required.
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.
Nafi Mustafa began his career at an early age working alongside his father who was a shoemaker. He studied at the Cordwainers College in East London where he gained a diploma in footwear design and a Royal Society of Arts bursaries and City & Guilds qualification in boot and shoe manufacturing. Following his graduation he ventured to Italy, where he trained and worked in the footwear industry, developing his appreciation and expertise in the craft of footwear. Shortly afterwards he worked with a range of brands including Bally of Switzerland, H&M Raynes, John Hlustik Design, Levis, Wrangler, Arrow and Clarks. He then went on to set up his own design consultancy company based in London, where he provided footwear manufacturers and tanners with a comprehensive range of design ideas for men’s women’s and children’s footwear, both in the UK and overseas.
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
- A 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. We provide the leather for your sneaker.