Women Shoemaking

Women Shoemaking

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Women shoemaking course in Italy

A new kind of shoemaking school designed for young artisans with a dream in their pocket who look for quality and sustainability.
If you are looking for quality and professionality, if you want to discover the Made in Italy and to learn how to preserve the know-how in an increasingly globalized world, then we will be your family.

You will be followed by the master shoemaker himself and you will live in an Italian environment. A meeting point for young craftspeople.

Start from scratch and learn all the secrets of handmade Women Shoes.

In this course, you will learn to make and design your complete shoe collection, to master classic manufacturing techniques, to design and brand strategies to become a modern artisan, fully prepared for the fashion industry or to develop your own personal brand.


The women shoemaking course is divided into 2 different modules:


The first 10-week module focuses on pattern making and design; it also includes an introduction to branding elements.

By completing the 20-week programme, you will reach the advanced level, where you will be able to learn how to create a shoe collection, while getting a design and entrepreneurial expertise through labs of business, marketing and design.

The 10-week programme includes:

– Pattern making

– Modeling

– Basic Design and Branding elements

The 20-week programme includes:

– Pattern making

– Modeling

– Basic Design and Branding elements

– Advanced knowledge of Pattern making

– Prototyping

– Marketing, Business labs

– Advanced Design and Branding elements

– Final Project

This course will encourage you to think and to develop the essential elements of your own design identity.

You will be able to conceive, design and create your own capsule collection, starting to define your own personal aesthetic vision and, meanwhile, commence to think about possible brand building strategies

The skills and vision developed during the course will give you a chance to start or to enrich your professional career in the following areas within the of women’s footwear:

– Pattern Makers

– Prototypers

– Product Developers

– Technical Consultants

– Master Cobblers

– Fashion Entrepreneurs


Master Daniele Ortolani has acquired his experience from the best craftsmen in Florence and from various schools, where he received a diploma in shoe modelling from the most reknown Florentine expert, Luciano Mancini.

A dedicated teacher, the maestro is fully committed with the transmission of his year-long experience to every single learner, trying to bring out the best results and talents.

We also offer short shoemaking courses all year.

Cost: 5.900 or 10.800 Euro
Duration: 10 or 20 Weeks
Language: English


Before you enroll, a personal interview with the school’s staff will be arranged, which will help us verify your language skills and motivations.


There is a maximum of 12 students. There are no previous requisites. When we handle your application, we will pay special attention to your motivation and your personal vision.


A high school diploma; high-intermediate (B2) level of English or Italian language (enough to understand and to participate in lessons); 18 years of age at the time of application.


Attendance is compulsory. Classes and workshops are held from Monday to Friday, from 9:30am to 5:30pm.


Our training programmes starts twice a year: beginning of February and beginning of September.


The school provides students with information and support help you find accommodation during for the duration of your course. Living expenses are not included in the tuition fee.

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