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Through this tutorial you will learn many things, including how to use transparent background images for easy shoe modeling, how to use surface snapping for easy detailing and overall how to model a very accurate, pleasing show shape based on the provided designs.
Part 01 of this shoe modeling tutorial series through most of the modeling and detailing. Part 02 will finish the modeling. Also watch out for the texturing and rendering tutorial which is in the works.