How to create your own high heeled women's shoes

Written by mercedes valladares
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Shoe designers narrow concepts and designs by selecting the type and category of the shoe. The designs are generally narrowed down and influenced by the heel height and type. Designers are also influenced by specific eras or fashion trends such as the 1930's t-strap sandal or the 1950's shell pump. Novelty fashion trims, such as beading or feathers, are also translated into shoe designs. These factors also impact the fabric texture selection.

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Things you need

  • Sketch pad
  • B pencil
  • H pencil
  • Pastels (optional)
  • Charcoal (optional)
  • Wax crayon (optional)
  • Metallic silver marker pen (optional)

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    Choose your heel type by selecting the heel’s shape, such as a stiletto, square-shaped, mule or kitten heel. Keep your style in mind, such as a high heeled Mary Jane or a spectator.

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    Draw different variations of your heel type. For example, current heel trends incorporate shaped heels with circular inserts. Include these details in your drawing. Your heel height and shape will impact your sole’s arch and the balance of the design. For example, add a gladiator strap influence to a high heeled sandal shape.

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    Choose your heel height by selecting the dimension of the heel. For example, mules are generally 3 to 4 inches and stilettos often vary between 5 and 6 inches. Funky stilettos such as the skyscraper style finishes in a 7 to 7 ½ inch heel. A high heeled wedge, which is a solid heel that runs into the front of the shoe’s sole, varies in heights from 3 to 5 inches.

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    Sketch your selections in your sketch pad. Use a soft B pencil for your free-hand sketches and draw thick outlines.

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    Draw your heel and shoe details with your H pencil, which is typically used for defining details such as stitching or studs. Add trim details such as beading, sequins, instep ornaments or feathers.

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    Draw your high heel shoe’s fabric textures. Generally these fabric textures are challenging to sketch because of the flat textile surface. For example, patent leather shoes with metallic heels have a flat surface texture with a gloss finish. Use your pastels, charcoal or wax crayon and blend your colours to create the surface texture and use a metallic silver marker pen to create the heel surface.

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