Loved my first mule making class in 2018 and had to go for another class at Brooklyn Shoe Space so I decided to take up the three day stiletto class instead.
One small step towards my next goal in life.
Check out pictures below to see how a pair of stilettos is actually made from scratch.
The first step is to carefully tape masking tape over your shoe last. This step is important for developing your pattern.
Shoe last completely covered on the sides with masking tape. You only need to do for one last as the same pattern can be used for the other foot.
Need another masking tape to mark the center of the last.
Use a pencil to draw a line around the sole.
See the pencil mark? That marks the contour of your pattern
Mark the center between the front of the last and repeat the same steps for the other side of the last
Designing my pattern and cutting it out.
Putting the pattern on paper and giving some allowance on the edge. My shoe upper pattern is cut!
My inner lining in red.
Adding a strip at the back of my stiletto as a loop for my ankle strap. After gluing the inner lining with the upper leather we are ready to shape the leather on the last!
Hammer the sole with nails first. Nailing the inner leather first - look scary and it is a long tedious process trying to stretch the leather in place. This process is super important to make sure that the shape of the shoe is perfect
Adding the toe puffs and counter puffs to keep the shape of the shoes before nailing the upper leather.
Adding cork pieces in between to level the bottom.
The almost finished product. Next time is to glue the black sole and add heels. Wrapping my plastic sole with black velvet and gluing the heels to my shoes
Heel added to the stiletto! Almost there! Need to add insole lining and my ankle strap.
The finished product.
Loving it and rocking in my new black leopard print stilettos!