Shoemaking Course Online

Learn How to Make Shoes

Shoemaking Course

Shoe School

Many visitors have asked us if the has an online shoe school program or shoemaking classes available for beginners. If you want to learn how to make shoes, you are in the right place!

We have pulled together shoemaking lessons in a sequence that will take you from the basics of shoe design and shoemaking to advanced material selection topics. While not a real classroom, I think you will like our shoe making course. Starting with the book How Shoe are Made and our collection of online articles you will learn shoemaking and shoes design processes step by step.

This course will cover the basics of shoe design and mass production techniques and give you a firm grasp of shoemaking terminology, shoe patterns, and construction. We cover how to design a sneaker tech pack like a professional. The second half is a footwear development class. Our shoemaking tutorial takes just a few hours to read. The complete course pack is available in PDF ebook & Print editions.

Welcome to the Sneaker Factory online shoemaking school

Let’s get started!  We have worked hard to make the learning process seamless and easy! Throughout our articles and books, you will see many shoemaking terms like “last” and “eyestay,” are highlighted in blue.  Simply move your mouse over the highlighted words to see the definitions. You can also read all the shoemaking terms together in our Shoe Terms Dictionary  or the last chapter of How Shoe are Made

Unit 1:  Learning the Basics of Shoemaking

In unit 1 of our shoemaking course, you will learn the step-by-step basics of shoemaking and construction. You will learn what shoe lasts are and how they determine the shape of your shoe. You will also learn about the parts of a shoe. If you want to learn how to make shoes…you are in the right place!

What does it take to make a sneaker?
How does a factory make shoes?
The shoe last
How Shoes are Made: the basics
Shoe parts diagram
Shoe pattern parts
Running shoe parts terminology
How a new shoe is made: shoe development process
How Shoes are Made video
How to become a shoe designer – 10 steps
Shoe terms dictionary

UNIT 2: Learning Shoe Construction Techniques

Now that you understand the basics, we can move on to the details of shoe construction, shoe lasting, and what is inside the guts of your shoe. We will cover the two most popular styles of shoe construction: Cold Cement and Vulcanized construction.

Shoe lasting
What’s inside shoes? Shoe reinforcements
Cold cement vs. vulcanized shoe construction
How Converse All-Stars are made: vulcanized process
How are Nike shoes are made: cold cement construction
Shoe outsole tooling
Shoe construction techniques

UNIT 3: Learning How to Design Shoes

Once you have read through units 1 and 2, you will have enough basic shoemaking knowledge to start designing your shoe projects. In part 3 of the course, you will learn how to design shoes. We will review how to go about drawing shoes and how to make shoe patterns.

The shoe design brief
How to draw shoes
Shoe patterns
Shoe designer vs. shoe pattern maker
How to become a shoe designer – 10 steps
What is a shoe pattern?
How to make a shoe pattern
How to design shoe outsole tooling – Part 1
A shoe designer’s tools
Shoe design: logos for shoes

UNIT 4:  How to Specify your Shoe Design

With your new design drawn up, let’s dig deeper and learn how to make a real factory ready shoe specification sheet. A detailed shoe specification (called a spec sheet) will allow the shoe factory to create just what you are looking for. This footwear development class will teach you how to make your design “production” ready. This section of the shoemaking course will teach you the language and give you the tools to create a proper and professional shoe design specification sheet. You will learn how to design a sneaker tech pack.

Is my shoe design ready for production?
The shoe design specification drawing
How to make a shoe production specification
How to select footwear materials
The Designers Guide to Shoe Material Suppliers
How to spec shoe colors……the Pantone book!
Nike Air Jordan 1 design review: shoe edges
The designer’s guide to shoe leather
How to design shoes – synthetic leather
Textiles for shoe design
Shoe design: know your footbeds
How much does it cost to make a sneaker
The Designer’s Guide to Shoe Materials 

Part 5:  Keep Learning

There is always more to learn in the field of shoemaking!  In this section of the course, we have a few more articles that will help you on your way to becoming a real shoe pro!

Jobs in the shoe trades: working for a shoe brand
Download a shoe last for 3D printing
Finding shoe agents and shoe development contracts
Can I start a shoe company?
How to Start Your Own Shoe Company
Shoe factory equipment: what do I need to make shoes?
Can I get custom made shoes? Yes!
How shoe lasts are made, by Tsubo
What about shoes made in China?
Shoemaking books on Amazon
Shoe design books available on Amazon NOW!
Hand tools for shoemaking
How shoe lasts are made
How New Balance shoes are made

Shoemaking ebooks and print editions
Shoemaking ebooks and print editions

Every new shoe designer should read this series. We have made both soft cover shoemaking books and shoemaking ebooks.

How Shoes are Made: Covers the basics of shoemaking, shoe design, and manufacturing. Everything you need to know if you are starting in a shoe design office. This is a shoe design a handbook for footwear designers. Shoe making for beginners, PDF available.

Footwear Pattern Making and Last Design: This book covers the craft of footwear pattern making, including a step-by-step guide to patternmaking for beginners. This book will show you how lasts are made, the shoe last design process, hidden geometry, special features, functions, and size grading principles.

Shoe Material Design Guide: This will complete your shoe design book library. This book is a masterclass dedicated entirely to the selection and sourcing of shoe materials—an ideal handbook for shoemakers, footwear designers, footwear developers, and shoe manufacturers.

How To Start Your Own Shoe Company: This book is written for shoe entrepreneurs new and old. Not just for shoe designers, How To Start Your Own Shoe Company is a perfect training aid for footwear product line managers and shoe company brand managers.

On-Line Sneaker school
How To Start A Shoe Brand

Our Sneaker Course in a Box!
Are you serious about launching a new footwear company? The Shoe Company Start-Up Pro Course Pack is all you need to get your own shoe business off the ground.

The Start-Up Pro Course Pack Includes
Quick Start for beginners
Shoemaking Step-by-step
How shoes are made
How to make shoe patterns
How to select materials
How to start-up a new shoe brand
How to design shoe lasts
You will learn how to write product briefs
Design your own shoes
Create a sneaker tech pack
Make footwear patterns
Shoemaking process
Learn how outsoles are made
How to find & Hire a shoe designer
How to raise money
Sneaker making for beginners
Find a shoe factory
Import and market your shoes

Your shoemaking success starts here!
4 books, totaling 785 pages with over 1355 color photos!
Soft cover
PDF ebook download

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Journey Today!

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