Monday, June 1, 2009


We finally get to make a heel! It's not the styliest of heels but a heel nonetheless.

I'll be posting showing each step of making these.

First we need to make a shell forme. This means cutting blue architectural trace to the general shape of the last (the foot shaped model we make the shoe around-you can see it drawn in the above pic.), wetting it, carefully wrapping it around the last and drying it with a heat gun (hence the small burn marks in the picture below). 

Then we draw the centre lines and design lines onto the shell forme both measuring and going by eye. We actually judge by eye more than I expected in shoe design... Unless the design is asymmetrical you only draw on the outside half. This design has the contrast detail that wraps around, so that needs to be drawn in.

When we've finished drawing we slice down the centre lines (effectively cutting the shell forme in half) and put a few notches around the toe. Flatten it out onto a piece of paper and we have a three dimensional form in 2D - this is what we make the patterns from. 

More to come soon...


  1. oOoOoo!!! How exciting! What are you going to make them out of? I'm so excited to see how they turn out.

  2. i cant wait to see the final product!:)

    much love


  3. So cool! I never really thought about the whole process involved in making high heels. Can't wait to see the finished shoes :)

  4. good luck!
    im sure it will turn out good

  5. This is so cool! I love seeing how things are actually made--good luck with the finished product! Becca

  6. CHICKDOWNTOWN.COM DanielleJune 28, 2009 at 8:26 PM

    I have never really thought about how shoes are made, so this is really interesting! I'm sure they will turn out great!

  7. Wow, that is very cool! I'd love to see the final product.

  8. How exciting! I'll definitely have to keep coming back for updates to see how they ultimately turn out!

  9. That's crazy cool, can't wait to see what the finished heel looks like!