August 26th - 31st 2024 - Netherlands (Hoofddorp, near Schiphol + Amsterdam)

Experience the extraordinary as two internationally renowned footwear creators, René van den Berg and Kobi Levi, join forces to bring you an unparalleled master course in bespoke shoe design and craftsmanship. With combined expertise spanning decades, René and Kobi each bring their unique perspective and artistic vision.

René seamlessly blends tradition with innovation, carrying a family shoemaking legacy since 1902. His collaborations with high fashion brands and celebrities have earned him global recognition, making him a true icon in the industry.

Meanwhile, Kobi’s journey has been nothing short of mesmerizing. His whimsical designs have captured the hearts of Hollywood’s elite and captivated audiences worldwide, earning him a place among the most visionary designers of our time.

With their global success, their creations are worn by many celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Fergie, Whoopi Goldberg, and more. Also, collaborations feature footwear on the runway shows of Thierry Mugler, Walter van Beirendonck, Jantaminiyau, and more.

Now, these two titans of footwear design come together to share their wealth of knowledge and creative inspiration in a master course like no other. Join them on this thrilling journey as they push you to explore the boundaries of shoe design and unlock the secrets to creating footwear that becomes a true, wearable work of art. With René and Kobi’s guidance, this master course promises to be an unforgettable experience, setting you on a path to success in the shoe design world.

Don't miss this opportunity to bring your shoe design to a higher level!

Is the Footwear Creation Master Course right for you?

This master course is designed for students with prior experience in shoes or accessories making, or related fields. Whether you’re an independent designer or a recent graduate looking to deepen your understanding of creative shoe development, this advanced course offers a unique opportunity to push the boundaries of traditional shoe design and making.

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Under the inspiring leadership of René van den Berg and Kobi Levi you will work towards creating your own design, a complete pair of wearable shoes. From the initial concept to the final product, René and Kobi will share all their secrets about shoe design, techniques and construction.

The focus is on providing a practical, hands-on learning experience that empowers you to express your creativity and expand your skills. By the end of the course, you will have honed your expertise and crafted a unique pair of shoes that reflects your personal style, creativity, and craftsmanship.

"It will be an unforgettable experience, setting you on a path to success in the shoe design world."

Selection criteria

To ensure maximum attention during these 6 days course, there’s a maximum number of 6 participant. We really want you to get the most out of this course, to improve your skills, to craft you own design and create a real piece of art. Therefore, there’s a selection, based on originality and manufacturability of your designs.

You don’t want to miss out on the opportunity! To attend this Footwear Creation Master Course, please send an email to mastercourse@renevandenbergacademy.nl with:

  • An introduction of yourself and your motivation for attending;
  • A maximum of 3 sketches of the shoes you want to make;
  • And your phone number, so we can contact you.

The entry closes on Monday May 27, 2024.
After gathering the entries, a selection will be made and you’ll be informed before Monday June 3, 2024.
All entries will be treated with confidentiality. Whether you’re selected or not, your designs will remain yours.

Pricing and specifications

  • Date: August 26th – 31st 2024
  • Location: Netherlands (Hoofddorp, near Schiphol and Amsterdam)
  • The course will be guided by internationally renowned footwear creators René van den Berg and Kobi Levi throughout all lessons.
  • Language: the course is in English.
  • There’s a maximum number of 6 participants.
  • The course will run through 6 full days in the studio of Rene van den Berg Academy (9:00-17:00).
  • The studio is fully equipped with all the machinery needed for realizing the ideas into actual pairs of shoes.
  • The pricing includes equipment and materials to be used in the studio. Tools can also be borrowed for the duration of the masterclass. Students are allowed to bring their tools and materials as well as combine them.
  • The complete pair belongs to the students and it’s theirs to take after it’s been photographed.
  • Every day there’s a lunch included.
  • The price for this unique master course: 3500€, (0% VAT).
Don’t miss out on this experience and subscribe to this unique Footwear Creation Master Course: mastercourse@renevandenbergacademy.nl

Questions? Please contact us

If you have any questions about this master course, application or selection process, don’t hesitate to email us at mastercourse@renevandenbergacademy.nl