Shoe Design

Shoe must go on
In partnership with Salvatore Ferragamo

The Master in Shoe Design, operated in partnership with Salvatore Ferragamo, is a program aimed at developing a professional capable of designing and developing footwear with a strong and innovative creative direction. Starting from the basis of human anatomy, the shoe designer must be master of both theory and production, with an aptitude for interpreting market needs through the lens of creativity and craft.


  • Level: Master
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Cost:28,000
  • Language: English
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Start:January 17th 2022
End:September 17th 2022


Throughout the course, students will fine-tune a repertoire of industry knowledge, from interpreting materials to researching innovative production techniques, new forms of merchandising management and the strategies behind collection planning. By examining heritage, market trends and sales structures as related to select brands, the program aims to incite the creation of products that mirror the versatility and dexterity required by the industry today.

Shoe Design lectures are held by esteemed business professionals, with direct intervention of executives and representatives from Salvatore Ferragamo. Students will have access to international guest lectures and field trips to the headquarters and production plants of relevant companies in the Florentine area, plus a behind-the-scenes look at Salvatore Ferragamo production and business sectors. During the 9 months, students will develop a collection project to be presented as both the Mid-term (capsule collection) and Final Project (main collection), valid as a personal portfolio. The students will additionally formulate a brand-specific project as related to the Salvatore Ferragamo partnership.

Lessons take place from January to September and amount to a total of 700 contact hours. Thereafter, there is the possibility of completing the course with an internship in a fashion company, leading to the overall obtainment of 80 credits. English language proficiency and attendance are required. Additional prerequisites include previous studies in Fashion & Accessories Design or related subjects and/or professional experiences in the business. Candidates are eligible and selected after the admission process.

Upon completion of the Master, students will be automatically given the possibility to partake in the Polimoda Talent program.

Learning modules

  • Design
  • Atelier
  • Merchandising
  • Fashion Accessory Culture

Career opportunities

Depending on previous experience and academic achievements, employment can be found within the areas of Shoe Design, Product Development and Shoe Merchandising Management.


Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A. is the parent Company of the Salvatore Ferragamo Group, one of the world's leaders in the luxury industry and whose origins date back to 1927. The Group is active in the creation, production and sale of shoes, leather goods, apparel, silk products and other accessories, along with women's and men's fragrances. The Group's product offer also includes eyewear and watches, manufactured by licensees.

The uniqueness and exclusivity of their creations, along with the perfect blend of style, creativity and innovation enriched by the quality and superior craftsmanship of the 'Made in Italy'​ tradition, have always been the hallmarks of the Group's products.

With approximately 4,000 employees and a network of 685 mono-brand stores as of 31 December 2017, the Ferragamo Group operates in Italy and worldwide through companies that allow it to be a leader in the European, American and Asian markets.

Polimoda will continue monitoring the Italian government’s safety advice and update its procedures as requirements change. Due to Covid 19, field trips and visits that cannot be done safely will be postponed and/or cancelled. If the conditions do not allow an experience on campus, we are prepared and committed to moving courses online until we are able to welcome our students at school.

Featured image: Domenico, Piazza Santa Croce - Postcards from Florence.

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