2024 second edition

loco for local - sneaker edition 2024-II
June 10-21, 2024

  • Participants: maximum 6
  • Level: intermediate
  • Live classes 
summer course - partially online and partially in barcelona!

Design, produce and sell your own sustainable sneakers within 4 months!

  • Online classes, 4 Sundays from 16:30-19:00
    March 3: introduction to sustainable design
    April 7: design for 3D printing
    May 5: design for knitting
    June 10: discussion of final concepts
  • Making classes in Barcelona:
    June 10 - June 21, 2024
Maximum of 6 participants!
This year we had two editions of Loco for Local in Barcelona, since the first edition was full right away! However, this course is very intensive - we are basically creating 6 new startups in each edition - so this year we decided we will only do 1 edition! So that means that if you do not enroll soon enough, you will have to wait until 2025!

Loco for Local is a groundbreaking combination 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 in our Footwearology Lab in Barcelona! 

The focus is on creating sneakers that are as sustainable as possible, using technologies that are suitable for local manufacturing, such as knitting and 3D printing, and creating designs that are modular, repairable and changeable. 
We learned from the first edition that 3D design classes need to be mandatory for everyone, so we have now also included our courses 3D Footwear Modeling in Rhino 7SubD Series and 3D Footwear Modeling in Blender in the price.

During the online classes you will learn how to design sneakers in the most sustainable way and you will translate your ideas into 3D using the 3D modeling courses. This ensures that when you arrive in Barcelona, you can purely focus on the making, learning how to apply knitting and 3D printing.

The amount of homework you need to do depends on your current level of 3D design and on the complexity of your concept. We advise you count on 2-4 hours of studying per week, next to the online classes. This course can be combined with a fulltime job.

Let's walk the walk!

Are you as frustrated as we are with the current situation in the sneaker business? There are a lot of brands that talk the talk, but very few who also walk the walk when it comes to really making sneakers more sustainable. They might add some recycled or biobased materials to their sneakers, but they are still mass manufactured in Asia, creating waste, excess stock, a large transportation footprint and constructions that cannot be repaired nor disassembled for recycling!

What many people do not realize, is that mass manufacturing and automation have made the construction of sneakers much simpler than ever before. You do not need many machines nor a large factory to make sneakers at all and you also do not need to glue or mold all parts together, there are many ways we can use innovative technologies to create sneakers that are modular, for instance.
So next spring, join us for the 4th edition of our most groundbreaking course that will help sneaker designers become sneaker entrepreneurs. We will teach you how to design sustainable sneakers that can be produced on demand, using a few key technologies, such as 3D design, knitting and 3D printing.

You will then spend 10 days at our Footwearology Lab in Barcelona to produce your sneakers and if you want you can sell them in our pop-up store, which is attached to the lab. We are in Poblenou, the hippest area of Barcelona and there is nothing better than interacting directly with your audience.

Two startups that have particpated in Loco for Local:

Makers for Humankind from Baltimore, USA
3D printed shoes for the homeless
Compound Footwear from London, UK
Sneakers that use recycled Formula 1 waste

Course details


  • 4 live classes (online) of 2 hours each
  • access to our 3D modeling courses for the duration of the Loco for Local course
  • personal mentoring by the full Footwearology team during the making weeks
  • full use of the equipment at Footwearology Lab
  • set of yarns and 3D printing filaments to use for making your shoes
  • coffee, tea and water at the lab


  • travel to and from Barcelona
  • travel insurance
  • accommodation in Barcelona
  • daily commute to the lab
  • breakfast, lunch, diner
  • materials that are not in the set that we provide; you can purchase other materials if you want.

We cannot book accommodation for you. We are in the Poblenou area of Barcelona; if you book in time there are usually several hotels and B&Bs available in various price r. If you like you can share with other participants!


This course has proven to be ideal for various groups of people:

  • any designers wanting to learn how to design sustainable sneakers that are manufacturable locally
  • sneaker startups that want to use the course to develop their prototype(s)
  • orthopedic shoemakers and other people interested in modern methods of custom shoemaking

We do require that participants are already footwear professionals and have experience with footwear design. This is not a course for absolute beginners!  The focus is on sneakers: we will NOT be making high heels!


The online classes are the first Sunday afternoon of each month from 4:30pm – 7pm CET, so most time zones can join. The classes are recorded, but ideally you join live. 

The online course dates are: 
March 3
April 7
May 5
June 2

You will be making your shoes at our lab in Barcelona from June 10 - June 21. Course hours are from 10 - 6pm CET each weekday. There will be some time for sightseeing as well!

This course is taught by the full Footwearology team!

Where are we located?

only 8 minutes from the beach!

Our Footwearology Lab is our playground! Here we have all the equipment necessary to develop shoes in house. We are in the center of Poblenou, the hippest area of Barcelona and the "Silicon Valley of Southern Europe"! We are surrounded by high-level maker labs and other amazing tech companies that we will also collaborate with for the courses. Poblenou is directly at the beach; you can just walk there within 8 minutes. This part of the beach borders the biggest skate park of Barcelona, so this is a thriving neighborhood for sneaker culture!
Barcelona is not just a paradise for architecture, street art, beach life, soccer, delicious food and wine, but also for maker labs, urban micro factories, parametric design and many other innovative technologies! We will make several visits during the course and there will also be enough time to experience the local food and culture! We could not think of a better way and better place to spend your spring!