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It Starts With An Idea...

You want to learn about sustainable practices in shoes?  Well, let's get started! Presents A 4 Lesson Macro-Course that will explore the scope of the footwear business from conceptual design, market reasoning, presentation, and line planning. This course was designed to provide you with an introduction to shoe anatomy, current trends and future technologies emerging in the footwear industry. Together, we will touch on how to engage footwear in the green circular economy.

What to Expect!

Upon completing all 4 Lessons, you will learn about the footwear industry, techniques to connect with  ways we can create a circular economy in footwear.

The course covers:

  • Knowledge of the footwear industry from an insider
  • Current sustainable initiatives 
  • Shoe design process
  • Traditional text book (digital and physical) references (10% discount provided by FASHIONARY.ORG )
  • Footwear components and technology
  • Factory and Industry resources
  • Weekly open-end discussion on Facebook and Instagram LIVE (TBA)
  • End of Lesson projects - portfolio pieces
  • Bonus Content & Special Live Guests 


The Final Project is an engaging THINK TANK of ideas to move towards sustainable manufacturing practices in the Los Angeles area.

Whenever you see questions in BOLD writing - these are questions that I would like you to answer and send to me:

Whenever you see THINK TANK - these are the group ideas we will be discussing. Those are to be send to me directly as well to engage our breakout meetings in the final 30 minutes of class.

*Graphic Image by Erin O'Neil. Shoe: Tanita S. Gray

How To Get The Most Out Of This Course

1. Participate in all 4 Lessons 

2. Send answers to the questions

3. Engage in the THINK TANK

4. Contact me with any questions

In order to get the most out of the course, some independent study outside of the course hours will be required. It would benefit you as well, to exercise thorough research and seek out local cobblers, footwear retailers and industry experts to further their knowledge in specific sectors of the industry.

*I also highly recommend to have dialog with family members, friends, colleagues as well as online groups to help support the need of a sustainable product idea. Get their thoughts on the economic impact and what they want to see for the future.

Color Texture & Material Fabrication Board

Table of Contents

Footwear Design & Manufacturing
1 - Industry
2 - Roles in footwear
3 - Design & Development
4 - Sustainability & Manufacturing
Ethical Branding

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice! I recommenced taking it nice and easy - pace yourself, ask me questions.

What if I am unhappy with my purchase?

I apologize in advance if you are unhappy with your purchase, however all purchases are final. But reach out to me...let's see what we can work out!

What happens if I finish all 4 lessons?

You should feel satisfied! You did it! Now go get it! The next step is up to you. I will send you a course completion certificate via mail. Weather you are just leaning a new trade or enhancing your career, you should feel a sense of accomplishment. Information is an on-going institution, do not hesitate to reach out to me, I am available to help guide and consult with you via email and referrals - just ask.

What if I only want to skip all the lessons and get right down to it?

No problem with that - come back when you are serious about making changes that impact our society and the air we breathe.

How do I engage in the THINK TANK?

Simply copy/paste questions to a word or google document and type out your answers. Save that document to a PDF file and email You can also copy/paste the question and your answer into the body of the email.

Do I need to buy any materials?

Your purchase comes with a Last-Report sketch journal that you can use to jot down ideas. You do not have to purchase any materials. I do also suggest that you purchase the Fashionary Shoe Design book - If you want to go deeper into shoe design.

Can International students register for this course?

Absolutely you can register for this course anywhere you have internet connection. Payments are via paypal or stripe.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at:

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