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A shoe is a fascinating, beautiful fashion item.
However, it is hard to know how to draw shoes for design beginners or anyone starting!

Have you heard about the “Shoe Last”?

If you didn’t yet, it might be the reason why you can’t draw
any design of shoe from your imagination.

Don’t worry!

When you know it, drawing a shoe will get a lot easier!

I remember how much I struggled for years,
even though I was in a Design school!

I didn’t fail because of any lack of drawing talent.
I knew the skills of sketching a shoe or anything else could be acquired.

But I didn’t know how to.

I had no idea about
the sketching method to follow.

So I kept trying to figure it out alone.
It took me a few years to come out with my “shoe sketching formula”.

This is why I am so happy to share
with you what I’ve learned. : )

NOTE: To start shoe drawing,
I’ve prepared this video tutorial to get started on How to draw a shoe (side view)
You will see how we start thinking like a shoemaker.

Adidas Adizero Adios 2 (Running Shoe)

Below, I share with you the 2 Must-Known steps
if you want to start drawing amazing shoes easily!

Follow the tutorials and let me know how it goes! : )


How to Draw a Shoe Easy?
Start with the “Shoe Last”.


A Shoe Last is a standard shape of a foot
that shoemakers use to make shoes in order to fit the human foot.

Better the quality, the better the comfort and aesthetic of the shoe.

Wood shoe last
Wood Shoe Last

Footwear Designers use the shoe last mainly for the shoe proportion.
So they can draw their ideas with full creativity!


Adapt the shoe last and design to the sport activity.

When I worked at Adidas headquarter in Germany,
there was an impressive storeroom of Shoe Last.

Depending on your future shoe design,
as a Footwear designer,
you would choose the appropriate form.

Some forms are slimmer
(i.e. Running shoe for lightness)

Adidas Ultra Boost (Running shoe)
Adidas Ultra Boost

While others are bulkier
(i.e. BasketBall shoe or Tennis shoe for the high ankle support).

Adidas Basketball shoe Crazy Explosive
Adidas Basketball Crazy Explosive – Sneaker

The 2 Steps to Draw a Shoe

To draw a shoe, you need to:
Step 1- Draw the shoe last to set up a good proportion.
Step 2- Create your shoe design using the shoe last as a template.

How to draw a shoe step-by-step - From shoe last to sneaker
The “Shoe Last” is the first thumbnail drawing on the left.

Drawing the Shoe Last first is the only way to draw the design of the shoe easily, fast, and with quality.

Otherwise, you will keep drawing shoes with clumsy proportions forever. : /
No matter how cool is your idea, if your proportion is wrong from the beginning, we’ll have an awkward feeling looking at your shoe design.

PRACTICE: How to draw a Nike shoe

If you love Nike shoes,
I created a drawing tutorial for you to practice on
How to Draw the Nike Air Max in 1-minute!


A shoe last aims to be feminine, sexy.

Drawing shoe last with different angles
Chou-Tac Chung – Sketching high heels shoe last for a woman

After you know how to draw a “Shoe Last” with good proportion, let me share with you a mental trick to level up your skills as a Designer.

What really helped me to improve my sketches, even more, is actually not another drawing technique, but a mindset, a feeling of feminine sensuality – (even if the shoe last is made for man).

A shoe is not only a design, but it’s a part of your body language, the way you walk. The way you’re going to move is quite dictated by your shoes.”
Christian Louboutin

  • Anatomy art books are great, but also observe foot from models or your female lover.
  • Keep in mind how sexy and attractive they are, then draw your shoe last with that sensual feeling – somehow “feline”.
  • Your research of form will naturally find the right curve, and get proper proportion, – yet feminine.

Drawing a shoe last illustration
Shoe last and outsole illustration – (Side View – Top View – Perspective).

How to learn to Design Sneakers?

If you are a Shoe Lover like me and want to find out more about how to design and draw shoes for the Fashion industry, tell me in the comments, or send me an email at choutac@thedesignsketchbook.con.

I launched my Sneaker design course: SNEAKER SKETCH PROS!

The online class breaks down the creative techniques into simple and mini-steps for any passionate to progress week-by-week.

The format is perfect if you start at a beginner drawing level to grow to a pro-level.
Soon, you will be able to create your own shoe design collection with confidence.

Set up ambitious drawing challenge!

Recently I have just published a new video about a Crazy Sneaker challenge I gave to myself drawing hundreds of cool shoes on the equivalent of 7m of the paper roll!

I took this opportunity to record all the footwear experience I learned all along with my studies and my experience at Adidas as a Shoe designer.

I share with you the 36 shoe design and essential drawing tips to accelerate your learning curve.

Do not skip the basics of sketching. Embrace them!

If you want to make your first steps in drawing, I invite you to download the Designer Starter Kit to start learning the basics of perspective step-by-step.

The Designer Starter Kit exercises in 6 videos:

  1. How to draw straight lines
  2. How to draw a perfect square
  3. How to draw awesome circles
  4. How to sharpen your sense of proportion
  5. How to draw a cube with 1 point perspective
  6. How to draw a cube with 2 points perspective

Once again, these videos are linked to the Designer Starter Kit.

To enjoy the series of tutorials better,
I recommend you guys receive the book first.


Hello! I am a Product Designer from France.

If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my industrial design career, I believe that they can also help you reach your design goal as a student or professional.

My aim is to help you all along with your design projects and journey!

Leave a comment in the blog or send me an email at : )


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