Shoe Making: The Sandal
This shoe making course will start with an introduction to using a variety of industrial machines that will be used throughout the duration of the sandal making process. The different types of sandal constructions including slotted, skeleton and thong will be explained, before you create your own design using the available materials and components.
You will then be taken through foot anatomy, size fitting system and last measurements using contemporary Italian lasts. Under the guidance of the tutor, you'll learn from the beginning how to measure your feet in order to design and develop your own sole, insole and upper patterns as well as being able to cut and sectionalize all the individual pieces of the patterns for their sandal.
The course will then move on to take you through the different process used in making and completing a pair of sandals. The tutor will demonstrate the skills needed to identify the different upper materials and hand cutting techniques as well as an introduction into the different types of edge treatments, such as, folded, bagged and binding techniques.
The course includes:
- Understanding leather quality and grades for sandal making
- Understanding of closing machine and techniques
- Technical aspects of strappy/strip sandals
- Footwear accessories, straps and how to attach fastenings
- Flip flop and toe post/thong styles
- Insole and sock preparations and treatments
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. Leather is provided for your sandal, but you can also choose to buy your own under the guidance of the tutor.
Feedback from students:
"Nafi was a fantastic teacher - could not praise him highly enough!"
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.
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. Please note that 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. Leather is provided for your sandal, but you can also choose to buy your own under the guidance of the tutor.