loco for local - sneaker edition
Design, produce and sell your own sustainable sneakers within 4 months!
Would you like to spend your summer holiday in beautiful Barcelona and change the sneaker game while you are there? Then this is the course for you! This program is a groundbreaking combination of 10 weeks of part-time online classes - during which you will learn how to create your 3D sneaker designs - and 10 full days of high-tech sneaker making and selling in our Footwearology Lab in Barcelona!
The focus is on creating sneakers that are as sustainable as possible, so instead of just creating fully new sneakers, you can also choose to start from existing sneakers and find industrial, scalable ways to upgrade them, using new technologies such as knitting and 3D printing. It is not a "pimp your sneaker" course though, we focus on creating solutions that can be done at scale, so we can have a real impact.
This format is ideal for people who already have a design background. We will tailor the program to your individual needs, giving you access to some of our other online courses if you need them. For instance, if you still need to learn 3D design, you could do Rhino or Blender, or if you are already experienced in 3D but need Grasshopper to bring your ideas to life, then you can follow those classes for the duration of this program.
There is a maximum of 10 participants for this course, since it involves a lot of personal mentoring and making. The early bird offer has expired, but if you enroll before March 31, then you pay only 1750 euros. There is an option to pay in installments.
Top shoe designed by Philippe Holthuizen of Fused Footwear and bottom shoe designed by Lorenzo Masini, our Rhino instructor. These are examples of the kinds of shoes you could create, but of course there are many more options.
Let's walk the walk!
Even though our lab is not open until April 2022, we already have weekly classes for several universities in Barcelona who send students to learn knitting from Jordi Montaner every Friday. He will also be teaching and mentoring the knitting for this summer course!
In the "Loco for Local" course we will teach you how you can make fantastic wearable shoes using only a few machines, such as our Artillery Sidewinder X2 printers that are only about 400 euros each! The example below is wearable as such - it is nice and bouncy, not rigid - but will also still get a knitted upper added to it, without using any glue!
Course Format: combo of online and in-person
For 10 weeks, from April 23 to June 25, you have 2 hours of online
class, each Saturday afternoon from 4pm CET – 6pm CET. These hours make it
doable for as many time zones as possible to join, even for people who work
fulltime during the week. We do require you to join these classes live as much
as possible. They are recorded, but interaction with your teachers and with
your fellow students is essential.
The first 3 weeks you learn all about sneaker sustainability and the footwear technologies and materials that are at your disposal.
The next 7 weeks are spent on ideation and design. Depending
on the sneaker you want to make, you will be able to follow classes from any of
our other online courses.
For instance, if you have never done 3D design, you will be able to follow Botcha, Blender or Rhino. If you already have experience in 3D, you could study Grasshopper for more advanced applications.
Important: you will get about 4 hours of homework per week, since this is an intensive course.
On the final 3 days of the course, the store opens and you will be interacting directly with your audience who can order your shoes on demand.
To make sure that everyone will be able to get enough personal attention and time on the machines, we are splitting the class in two groups.
The first group will come to Barcelona from June 27 to July 9 and the second group will come from July 11 to July 23. Upon enrollment we will contact you to ask for your preferred dates in Barcelona. We will divide the groups on a "first come, first served" basis, so if you can only make it to Spain in one of those time brackets, then please reserve asap.
You will also make cost calculations, determine your sales price and your marketing and work on the store presentation. On the final days of the course, on July 7, 8 and 9, the store opens and you will be interacting directly with your audience who can order your shoes on demand.
only 8 minutes from the beach!
10 online classes of 2hrs each
access to our other online courses if needed
personal mentoring by Footwearology faculty
full use of the equipment at Footwearology Lab
use of materials available at Footwearology Lab
any money made with the sale of your sneakers
flight to Barcelona, travel insurance
accommodation, food & beverage in Barcelona
daily commute to the lab
any materials you need for your sneakers other than what we have in the lab
any presentation materials you want for your sneakers, other than what we provide in the lab
We also require people to be at least 21 years of age; there is no upper limit to the age of participants.
We will of course require all participants to respect any Covid regulations that are in effect in Barcelona. Currently, wearing a mask is required indoors.
|Online class 1||April 23||What are the hurdles in making shoes sustainable?|
|Online class 2||April 30||How to design shoes with multiple lifecycles|
|Online class 3||May 7||Rethinking footwear construction for local manufacturing|
|Online class 4||May 14||Design reviews first design projects|
|Online class 5||May 21||How to use 3D design to optimize your design workflow|
|Online class 6||May 28||How to use 3D printing for local manufacturing|
|Online class 7||June 4||How to use knitting for local manufacturing|
|Online class 8||June 11||First design review of the sneakers you want to produce in Barcelona|
|Online class 9||June 18||Guest lecturers that make shoes for local manufacturing|
|Online class 10||June 25||Final design reviews before the start of the making weeks.|
|Making weeks in Barcelona: June 27 - July 9 or July 11 - July 23|