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How to Design Your Own Heels

Updated on June 30, 2017
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Ashish Dadgaa is a fashion consultant with 5 years of experience in the fashion industry. He writes about fashion tips, how-tos, and DIYs.

Do you think that it's difficult to design peeptoes heels? Do you think are you not an expert shoe designer? Do not worry, you are at the right place. I will show you step by step your peeptoes heels and how to give them stylish and luxurious look. After creating them you would not like to hide them under your long dress. I will show you easy trick and tips to create heels which formula you can apply to create any kind of heels. So are you ready to design your peeptoe heels?

1 hour

Tools and Materials

  • 2B Pencil (For Initial Sketch)
  • 2H Pencil (For Iightest Shadows)
  • 4B Pencil (For darker Shadows)
  • Sketches book
  • Colored Pencil

Peeptoes Heels Anatomy

We are going to understand heels anatomy before we start the designing. You might be familiar with some of the terms but others might not be known to you. It is always better to understand all the details before we design, perhaps it may add more professionalism to your design, presentation or communication.

Upper – The portion of the shoe that cover up the top of the foot.

Insole – The sole that lines within the shoe.

Topline – The upper edge of the shoe.

Vamp – The front portion of the shoe that covers the frontage of the foot.

Toebox – The portion of the shoe that covers and guard the toes.

Stage – A sold sole under the toe box that gives additional height. It may or may not be covered

Sole – The entire base portion of the shoe including the part that is lifted.

Outersole – It is the base portion of the shoe that hits the ground.

Shank – The portion of the shoe that is between the heel and the outsole. It gives the base to the curve of the foot.

Top Piece – The portion of the heel that hits the surface.

Heel Breast – The side of the heel that appearances forward

Pitch – The angular portion of the back of the shoe ahead of the heel.

Counter – The bit of material that creates the back of the shoe around the heel.

Step 1

First mark a floor level then from the earliest stage sketch a center line that is a half-head extended. In the design, you can sketch full leg or you can simple focus around the heel. We are going to use leg lines as guiding lines then we will focus on the heel detailing. Utilize a little indicate to check the center of the line.

Step 2

I have one technique when we design high heels. It's called clock formula. In case the center line was its arm then the time will be 12:30. Correct? Now sketch a second helping line with the equal length as the first one and make it demonstrate 2:35. Close it inside a circle as appeared in the sketch. Please ensure that this instructional is about designing high stiletto. If you want to design comfortable and flat ones you can adjust a heel height or else as per clock formula you can set your design around 3:30 to 4 o'clock.

Step 3

In the top corner of the oval sketch a circle. Utilize the circle's size as a reference. In the lower corner draw an oval that touches the middle line. The 2:35 o'clock line ought to go through the center of the circle. This will be for the toes.

Step 4

Now draw guiding lines for the high heel then sketch height and width of heels. Now draw a foot curve line which is connecting the oval and circle. Now ensure that under the heel line is straight then mark the position of an ankle. It's located nearer to the center line than to leg's guideline.

Step 5

Under the heel sketch a triangle that will be utilized as core line for the heel. Now sketch a shape of a bowl and draw a level line from a horizontal line from the heel circle’s midway and draw a center of the toes oval.

Step 6

Now sketch the heel by utilizing the small triangle to assist you with the curve and ensure the heel is perpendicular to the ground level. After that utilize the lines from the previous step to create the instep arch. Then draw the lines from the top part and heel of the shoe.

Step 7

Refine the shoe curve and bear in mind to make it wrap around the feet. While giving detailing focus on the outline of the toe box and heel.

Step 8

Sketch a smooth line to create the toe box more alluring. Include the ending of the internal piece of the shoe with its few lights on the front side.

Step 9

Now give a final touch to high heel, attempting to differ the darkness and thickness of the line. Include more detail and the floor. At last, erase all guiding lines.

Suggestion and Guidance

  • When you start your design ensure that you keep heel lines parallel to the floor line. It is always better if you draw it curved inwards rather than outwards.
  • Ensure that the heel and foot ration is accurately maintained.

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