Design and Make your own pair of Sneakers

An intensive four-week summer course where students learn how to design and make a pair of handmade sneakers from scratch and how to deconstruct, regenerate and customize an existing one. Modern artisanal skills, customization, sustainability, recycling, and reuse.

  • Cost: 3000 Euro
  • Duration: 4 Weeks
  • Language: English or Italian
  • Modalities: Monday to Friday
  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Starting Date: July 4th

Find out more about this course


Instructors will teach students how to create a customized pair of sneakers by using traditional and modern techniques and will encourage them to find innovative solutions to create, upcycle and repair existing branded sneakers.

During the first week students will be introduced to shoemaking techniques and tools and will work on a basic sneaker model.

The second and third weeks will be focused on the development of a pair of customized sneakers, totally thought and created by the students.

The last module is fully dedicated to a “second life” experience, where students will learn and practice how to deconstruct sneakers and then create a whole new customized pair.

Within the program, students will be exposed to the manufacturing methods of three Italian leather and textile districts that specialize in circular economy: Prato (regenerated textile), Santa Croce sull’Arno (vegetable-tanned leather) and Scandicci (recovered leather waste and redundancies).

The next session will take place on July 4th, 2022.

Stefano Bemer is one of the most exclusive shoemakers in the world, his outlook on developing his trade was centered on “learning from mistakes” and adhering to time-honored tradition and technique.

The late Stefano Bemer committed his short and yet bright career to master his unique blend of shoemaking techniques and create what he wanted to become the perfect Italian men’s shoe. This quest to develop his own idea of perfection has led to accomplishments that have been recognized and acclaimed by connoisseurs all around the world. This would have been enough for most people. However, great people in history understand that it is not just about themselves, in the here and now, but also about their legacy and the impact they have on others. With this in mind, Stefano Bemer is committed to training artisans, in Florence and transmit its own legacy of quality and style.

Discover more about Stefano Bemer

Stefano Bemer’s training program aims to empower students to pursue their dream of hand-making shoes through the development of both skills and vision.

Students will also engage with design and branding elements essential to developing a personal path in this industry. Students will start here to build their future as makers, entrepreneurs or successful employees all over the world.

The courses are for individuals seeking to extend and develop their practice and skills in the heart of Made in Italy. This course of learning is driven by the student’s self-defined project.

Given the nature of the discipline, the course will rely on skilled practitioners as the key facilitators of learning.

Instructors are craftsmen who will have a common focus in seeking to develop the skills of students as proactive and reflective independent learners.

Some workshop activities will require students to work in groups, also from other courses, in scenarios that will involve multiple cultures and nationalities.

Our purpose is to build a vast network of contemporary makers who are able to change the world with their hands.

Our goal is to become the worldwide Hub for craftsmanship training.

Learning outcomes
After having completed the 4-weeks path students:

Will be able to manufacture and custom from scratch a pair of sneakers and will become part of a worldwide community of makers.


Will be able to turn visions, ideas, strategies and concepts into concrete actions.


Will start their path as contemporary artisans, able to treasure traditional skills and translate them into modern products.


Will experiment what their skills, abilities and talents are, and how to apply them in their work, along with a platform for further growth and development.


Will take a first step to enter the accessory industry, with a clear focus on present and future goals of sustainability and circularity.

Information and requirements
Attendance and timetable

Attendance is mandatory. Classes and workshops are held from Monday to Friday, from 10.00 AM to 1.00 PM and from 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM (subject to adjustments). The 4 weeks long course is comprised of 120 hours over 4 weeks. A complete day-by-day schedule will be provided at the beginning of the course.

Number of participants

Enrollment is limited to 15 students. There are no prerequisites. Personal motivation and vision will be the main aspects that will be taken into consideration and evaluated in order to be accepted into this program.

How to enroll

Each applicant will be interviewed by the school’s staff in order to verify language skills and find out what the student’s motivations are. To start the enrollment process and receive the list of documents needed, please fill out the contact form.

Academic Requirements

High school diploma; a high-intermediate level of English or Italian language sufficient to understand and to participate to lessons (corresponding to level TOEFL 450); 18 years of age at the time of application. Course will be held in English and Italian.


Next intake for the course is on July 2022. Credit transfer is available, please write to for more details.

Program and basic description

The seasonal course in Custom Sneakers can be purchased along with Apprentice Bags and accessories Course or with Artigiano level Course in Men’s Shoes.

what you need to know

Custom (HandMade) Sneakers’s fee is 3000€ -- Summer session: July 4th – 29th (enrollment by 10th June for non EU/EU). Students can benefit from a 10% Early Bird Discount reserved for participants that enroll to the Fall Intake, before March 30th, each year.

A pre-enrollment is necessary with a deposit of 1200€ at the moment of the signing up. The deposit will be refunded if the application is not accepted, or Visa is not granted. After enrollment is accepted, the deposit will not be refunded in case the student decides not to attend.

Fees include: all class work, lessons, use of laboratories, basic materials, taxes and insurance. Not included: accommodation and meals, airfare, airport transfer and meals, particular equipment and material requested for personal projects.

Dates: July 2022.

Lesson Plan

This intensive 4-week course is a complete program for students who want to learn the full process of hand-making sneakers.

The course will include theoretical elements of design and branding, but the deep focus will be on practice.


The 4 weeks are divided in specific modules and supervised project completion in the workshopStudents should be motivated and focused on working and be prepared to dedicate study and work time over and above classroom times.

This program is a hands-on, practical, old-master approach to learning how to create handmade sneakers by applying craftsmen’s skills to a contemporary product.

Instructors are all professionals in the field, who will impart both their theoretical and practical abilities as well as their real-world experience as shoemakers.

First week: Introduction to artisan techniques of shoemaking, basic materials, workmanships and tools. Development of a first basic derby model.

Second week: Creation of a personal bespoke pair of sneakers.

Third week: Completion of the personal bespoke pair of sneakers.

Fourth week: Sneakers deconstruction, customization and regeneration. 


10:00-13:00 AM / 14:00-18:00 PM (CET)

+[39] 055/8895660



Florence (Italy)

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