Unfortunately, the craft of the cobbler, or shoe repairer, is going under fast, due to cheap imports from around the globe. Educational programs in shoe repair are pretty much non-existent. However, some art schools offer programs in footwear design, accessory design and fashion design, in which students can learn to design footwear.
Here are some common concepts in shoe making and repair classes:
- Design software
- Shoe manufacturing
- Global footwear industry
- Shoe materials
- Sketching and pattern making
List of Courses
Shoe Design Concepts Course
Through this course, students learn the fundamentals of shoe design and shoe production. The manufacturing process is discussed with a look at the different construction methods used. Shoe sizing, components and materials are also examined. This course gives students a basic understanding of what goes into producing footwear from a manufacturing viewpoint. This is an introductory course at the beginning of a program.
Footwear Pattern Making Course
This course looks at the various types of footwear patterns. Students study pattern making for basic shoe designs. Industry requirements and technical sketching are also covered. Students develop basic pattern-making skills through this course, which is taken towards the beginning of a program.
Footwear Computer-Aided Design Course
The fashion industry is relying more on computer-aided design to produce patterns and sketches. This course provides students with the necessary knowledge of how to use computer programs to design patterns and new footwear designs. Scanning, drawing and image altering are covered. This course is usually towards the middle of a program.
Footwear Design Concepts
Students study various designers' personal styles, look at the use of different materials in shoe making and learn how to develop their own signature style in this course. Legendary shoe designers, techniques and creative concepts in design are studied. This is an intermediate course.
Collection Development Course
Creating a collection is the final step for a student studying any type of fashion design. This course focuses on helping students build their own collection that includes a variety of shoe styles and innovative ideas based upon what they have learned in their degree program. Students create a complete collection from start to finish. When completed, students have patterns, sketches and finished products. This advanced course is the final or capstone course in a program.