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Footwear Explorations: Shoe Design Course

Footwear Explorations: Soles to Surface Shoe Design

Footwear of all types, initially created in early civilization for comfort and protection, evolved to become a symbol of status, style and identity. In this introductory course, students learn leather-working techniques and tools to design and complete one to two shoe projects from start to finish. The primary material will be vegetable-tanned leather for its unique properties; however, students are welcome to explore alternative and additional materials throughout the process. Beginning by learning essential shoe form, students then develop their basic design (function versus fiction) and are introduced to the fundamentals of patterning, knife and tool skills, and sewing. Throughout the course, students will keep a sketchbook to document concept development and accumulate inspiration and resources to help define their personal intention. Aesthetic applications of surface design, dyeing and hand-stitching techniques further refine the process. Upon completion, students will have developed a solid foundation of knowledge and skills allowing them to expand upon for future footwear and leatherwork. No previous sewing skills required.

Course #1305
Anne Marika Verploegh Chassé

Schedule B
June 29 – August 4
Thursdays + Fridays

Tuition $2,750
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,475
Lab Fee $95

3 Credits


Anne Marika Verploegh Chassé

Anne Marika Verploegh Chassé is a Swiss and Dutch shoemaker/artist/painter with a teacher’s degree from Switzerland. Marika moved from Switzerland to NYC in 1999 to pursue painting and illustration. Lead by curiosity she took an introductory footwear class in 2004. Several short apprenticeships with bespoke shoemakers in Europe and western boot-makers in the US followed. After several years of working in her own atelier under her personal label she has also been working in collaboration with a fellow shoemaker under their Brooklyn-based label, Brooklyn Bespoke, established 2013. Marika’s shoes and boots are based on traditional hand-sewn techniques with a twist. She has been teaching footwear design and construction at Rhode Island School of Design and Fashion Institute of Technology. In addition, she has worked as a consultant on prototype developments, as well as collaborations with fellow artists/designers.