Shoe Making: The Boot
This boot making course will start with an introduction to using a variety of industrial machines that will be used throughout the duration of the course. You'll be taken through foot anatomy in relation to the size fitting system and be introduced to a choice of contemporary last and heel options to construct your boot. You'll have a choice between making a men's or women's Chelsea boot, or a women's high leg zipped boot.
Once you have chosen your style, you'll move onto creating a pattern, before being shown how to cut and sectionalize all the individual pieces of the patterns. The tutor will demonstrate the skills needed to identify the different upper materials and hand cutting techniques as well as explaining the many methods of shaping, forming and stitching involved in constructing a completed pair of boots.
The course includes:
- Understanding pattern cutting for boots
- Reference to leather quality and grades for boot and shoe making
- Understanding of closing machine and techniques
- Attaching heels and soles
- Lasting procedure (shaping and moulding the leather)
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 a shoe making course and not a design course therefore the shoe style you make will be determined by the capabilities of the studio. We provide the leather for your boot.
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.
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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.
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 boot.
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