CATEGORY: DESIGN
LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

Professional Sole Design

Learn how to design professional outsoles and midsoles for performance and fashion footwear that can be manufactured within your desired budget and footprint. We have now opened this course permanently for registration. You can watch the videos at your own pace and every month we will have a scheduled live class, during which Defne will review your designs and speak to guest experts from the sole making industry.

Please note: this class focuses on design, not on 3D modeling. If you want to learn that, we suggest you combine this course with our Rhino course!
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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 9 Chapters
  • 90 video classes (> 13 hrs)
  • monthly live design reviews
  • 2 design demo classes 
  • interviews with guest experts
  • 2 sole design projects
  • 1 certification
  • access for 12 months

Course Format

You can watch the video classes at your own pace and start on the design assignments whenever you want. Most students usually need at least two weeks two finish a project.
Each month Defne will give a live class to review any designs that were sent in and to interview expert guests. You can also join these classes without sending in any designs, that is up to you. However, if you want a certificate you will need to successfully finish both design projects.

Course Audience

This course is for professional shoe designers that want to increase their skills and knowledge of outsole and midsole design - both for performance and fashion footwear - or might even want to specialize in sole design. 
It is also very suitable for footwear developers, since it also provides a lot of technical information.

Requirements

This course is not for absolute beginners; we do assume that students have basic knowledge of footwear design. 
We also expect that you will already have the necessary art supplies, such as professional semi-transparent sketching paper, pencils, markers, rulers and a measuring tape. You do not need specific software.

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Defne Yalkut

one of the most renowned sole design experts in the world
I am a sole design expert and footwear designer based in Milan. I came to Milan from Istanbul in 2001 after winning the scholarship competition of Domus Academy. I graduated from Domus with a Masters degree in Fashion Design and Marketing.

After several years of freelancing in apparel, I was invited into the Vibram design team where I worked for 12 years designing soles for the fashion and outdoor market with a wide range of brands.

Since 2017 I have been working as a freelance designer and consultant on the outdoor-active footwear and soles market with my own company DYDesign. I work with sole suppliers and footwear brands from around the world. I have also been teaching sole design since 2015 in IED -Moda in Milan. 

As a designer my curiosity and my passion are my major drives. My job is my playground, and I love to share it with others, which is why I am very excited to join The Footwearists to train other footwear professionals in sole design.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING

I am very happy to have participated in the first edition of the Professional Sole Design course. It was a very complete course where I could improve and amplify my knowledge about design, material, moulds and processes of sole design and development.
Defne is a great professional and expert of the sector, always very helpful and precise.
I really enjoyed proving myself on the 2 assignments given to us. It was great to see the projects of all the other participants and the critique and discussion done about them.
I would definitely recommend the course to everybody who wants to improve their knowledge or want to specialize in Sole Design
FREELANCE FOOTWEAR & SOLE DESIGNER
ITALY
Just started the class. Lots of great info on sole design. I loved the history of the cupsole, alpine lug, and vulcanized process. Great for people who have never seen the process and already good insights for me as a seasoned professional.
FREELANCE FOOTWEAR DESIGNER 
USA
What an amazing journey this course was! Just finished the last lesson, actually regretting this was it. So great after a long while to take part in a course, absorbing knowledge and finding a format that is fitting for a working, traveling mom ;). The content of the course was excellent, the chapters where shaped well. Also the lessons were alternately; videos combined with technical explanation and experience from Defne. The interviews with people from the business, felt like being “ behind the scenes”. A great opportunity to build on my network, as well with fellow students.
Coby Laureijs
FOOTWEAR DESIGNER TAMARIS
NETHERLANDS
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sole design projects by course graduates

urban fashion sneaker assignment

João Ferraz - Footwear Designer at FOREVER Soles - Portugal

urban fashion sneaker assignment

João Ferraz - Footwear Designer at FOREVER Soles - Portugal

winter boot assignment

Joseto Martinez - sneaker designer, 3D visualization and prototyping at JST Studio - Spain

winter boot assignment

Eleonora Aquili - Footwear Designer and Developer at Studio Arise.s - Italy

urban fashion sneaker assignment

Joseto Martinez - sneaker designer, 3D visualization and prototyping at JST Studio - Spain

urban fashion sneaker assignment

Joseto Martinez - sneaker designer, 3D visualization and prototyping at JST Studio - Spain

summer boot assignment - trekking sole

Coby Laureijs - Footwear Designer, Tamaris - Netherlands/Germany

summer boot assignment - trekking sole

Coby Laureijs - Footwear Designer, Tamaris - Netherlands/Germany

winter boot assignment

João Ferraz - Footwear Designer at FOREVER Soles - Portugal

summer boot assignment - trekking sole

João Ferraz - Footwear Designer at FOREVER Soles - Portugal

urban fashion sneaker assignment

Gabrielle Beau - Senior Footwear Designer and Consultant, FRANCE

urban fashion sneaker assignment

Gabrielle Beau - Senior Footwear Designer and Consultant, FRANCE

winter boot - trekking sole assignment

Kasey Gibbs - Freelance Footwear Designer - USA

urban fashion sneaker assignment

Kasey Gibbs - Freelance Footwear Designer - USA