Italian language and cultural school for foreigners
Leather shoes
“Firenze nell'Arte”

Leather shoes workshop

The first footwear, in prehistoric times, was made from animal skins or wood. The oldest archaeological relic, in plant material, was found in the United States and dates back to about 9000 years BC

In temperate regions shoes were similar to our sandals, while in cold regions covered shoes were used.

In fact, Greeks and Romans used "sandals", as seen in paintings and frescoes of that time period. In iconographic and historical sources that we have it seems that there were at least twenty types of different shoes and this tells us that already back then there were trends and fashion.

During the Middle Ages common people wore wooden (clogs) and leather shoes or simple pieces of cloth that were wrapped around the foot. It was not until the fourteenth century that real shoes emerged, the pointy ones used by nobility. However, common people still wore clogs or simple cloth foot coverings. Today, thanks to industrialisation, good shoes are within the reach of most people in our world.

Hand-crafted shoes made entirely by hand and using the best materials belong to the artistic sphere today. By wearing these shoes we are wearing masterpieces.


  • The design.
  • The quality of the materials.
  • Anatomy of the foot.
  • Knowledge of the tools.
  • Use of the cutting knife.
  • The shape and the heel.
  • Basic models with the manual method.
  • The accessories.
  • Sewing, fitting and finishing phases.


For every 24 hours 950

Prices valid upon enrolment for all course commencement dates

Course start dates

2024 2025
Jan 8, 22 Jul 8, 22
Feb 5, 19 Aug 5, 19
Mar 4, 18 Sept 2, 16, 30
Apr 2, 15, 29 Oct 14, 28
May 13, 27 Nov 11, 25
Jun 10, 25 Dec 9

National holidays observed in the year 2024:
1 April, 25 April, 1 May, 24 June, 15 August, 1 November.

Jan - Jul -
Feb - Aug -
Mar - Sept -
Apr - Oct -
May - Nov -
Jun - Dec -

National holidays observed in the year 2025:
- April, - April, - May, - June, - August, - November, - December.

Course enrolment

Materials are not included in the price and will be agreed upon at the beginning of the course.

The 24-hour course can be spread over 2 or more weeks.

All courses are taught in Italian.

Registration includes the placement test, the accommodation search service, certificates and a few cultural activities.