Introduction to Shoemaking, Fall 2017, Instructor: Anne-Marika Verplough Chassé


Asymmetrical NUDE Sneakers (2017)

A handmade pair of Leather velcro sneakers inspired by Hender Scheme.


Asymmetrical Velcro Nude Sneakers (2017)

Prompt

Timeline: 2 weeks

Design and create a pair of shoes.

Process

Initially, I was interested in creating a pair of sneakers. After visiting the RISD Special Collections, I was inspired by a variety of shoes, namely a pair by Hender Scheme. Upon conducting further research, I was interested in Hender Scheme's ability to combine the manual industry with the industrial industry, showcasing the materiality of their shoes. I decided to design a pair of leather shoes highlighting these aspects. I decided that I would experiment with using Velcro as my closure, eventually settling on an asymmetrical design.

Asymmetrical Velcro Nude Sneakers (2017)
Asymmetrical Velcro Nude Sneakers (2017)

After creating my standard, I was able to create the pattern pieces necessary for my sneakers.

Asymmetrical Velcro Nude Sneakers (2017)
Asymmetrical Velcro Nude Sneakers (2017)

After skiving the necessary pieces, I proceeded with sewing the upper together.

Asymmetrical Velcro Nude Sneakers (2017)
Asymmetrical Velcro Nude Sneakers (2017)
Asymmetrical Velcro Nude Sneakers (2017)
Asymmetrical Velcro Nude Sneakers (2017)

After sewing together the pattern, I added foam inserts to the collar to give a more comfortable look and feel to the ankle area of the sneakers. From here, I was then able to sew the lining to the upper.

Asymmetrical Velcro Nude Sneakers (2017)

 

To secure the upper to the outsole, I punched holes in the upper post-lasting. By lasting the upper prior to attaching it to the sole, it would be able to retain its shape. I used a stitchdown to properly secure the outsole to the upper. Furthermore, should the soles wear out, they are easily replaceable, much like those of Hender Scheme pairs.

Asymmetrical Velcro Nude Sneakers (2017)
Asymmetrical Velcro Nude Sneakers (2017)
Asymmetrical Velcro Nude Sneakers (2017)
Asymmetrical Velcro Nude Sneakers (2017)
Asymmetrical Velcro Nude Sneakers (2017)
Asymmetrical Velcro Nude Sneakers (2017)