If you wonder what is a “Shoe Last”,
it might be the reason why you can’t draw
any great shoe from imagination yet.

A shoe is hard to draw for design beginners.
I remember how much I struggled for years,
especially for the perspective view!

I didn’t fail because of my lack of drawing talent.
I knew the skills of sketching of shoes 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 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)


Adidas Adizero Adios 2 (Running Shoe)

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

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

TIP 11| 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!

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 (with good proportion)
Step 2- Create your shoe design using the shoe last as a template.

If you skip Step 1,
you will stagnate and spend years at trying to draw shoes with struggles.

How to draw a shoe step-by-step - From shoe last to sneaker

The “Shoe Last” is the first thumbnail drawing on the left.

Remember: 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. : /
If your proportion goes wrong, even if the design may look cool, we’ll have an awkward feeling.

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!

TIP 12| 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, there is a mental trick to level up.

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 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 am launching 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. You will be able to create your own shoe design collection with confidence.

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.

If you want to make your first steps in drawing, I invite you to download the Designer Starter Kit to start learning with 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 to receive the book first.

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About The Author


Hello! My name is Chou-Tac. 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 to help you all along with your design projects and journey. Anytime, feel free to leave a comment in the blog or send me an email at : )


  • Tanaka

    Reply Reply July 7, 2017

    Great! I’d like to be a shoe design and would love if you could talk more about that =)

  • Mohiuddin Choudhury

    Reply Reply January 25, 2017

    Dear Sir,

    I need more content on shoe design specially outsole and last design sketching from various perspective.

    Mohiuddin Choudhury

  • Tabasam Ullah

    Reply Reply October 16, 2016

    More shoe drawings for sure…. Please

  • Sari

    Reply Reply September 30, 2014

    Great! More shoes s’il vous plait!

  • mellvar

    Reply Reply September 4, 2014

    Awesome! Keep the shoes coming.

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