Footwear technology has come a long way from traditional shoemakers cutting and stitching leather, to specialized professionals utilizing modern technology, working at high tech laboratories, on sophisticated machines, experimenting with a varied range of materials, from leather, plastic, canvas, jute, rubber and even cloth. Footwear Designers create new styles of footwear, keeping in mind the popular demand in the markets and also the demands of individual clients.
With many global retail chains actively sourcing footwear from India
there is a huge opportunity for footwear designers
technicians and managers. Most graduates enter the industry as design assistants before progressing to become designers. Major Employers in this field are Bata
Lee Cooper etc.
The footwear industry has a range of jobs in areas comprising of research and development
sales and marketing - retail and wholesale
quality control and management. Career opportunities are available for qualified professionals
with multinationals that are active in the field of leather production
processing and designing
as well as with leather research centers
footwear designing institutes
footwear production units
sports shoe manufacturers
in the orthopedic market- designing specialist shoes for private clients
fashion houses and other similar industries. They could work as Footwear Designers- as Seniors or Assistants
Fashion Trend Analysts
Footwear Line Builders
Production Coordinators & managers
Marketing Managers and so on.
Top Colleges In India
1. • The Footwear Design and Development Institute
Address: A - 10 / A
Uttar Pradesh 201301
Phone: 0120 450 0100
2. • Central Leather Research Institute
Address: Sardar Patel Road
Near IIT Madras
Tamil Nadu 600020
Phone: 044 2491 0897
Courses to be pursued
• Diploma or a Certificate qualification in footwear design/ leather technology.
• CAD Course for Footwear Design
• Graduation in Footwear Designing and Leather Technology.
• Two-year PG diploma in management — footwear technology (PGDM-FT)
(Admission is through an All-India entrance exam.)
• Doctoral Degree in Footwear Designing and Leather Technology.
Every day is different.
Spend time with designers and engineers, reviewing product designs and testing results
Research the footwear industry to generate new concepts
Explain latest innovations to the sales groups and accounts, as well as brief the marketing and advertising agency
Test the prototype of the product
Go for a jog to test the newest prototype
. A strong passion for sports in general and athletic shoes in particular is very important. . Identifying opportunities (and these often come disguised as problems) is important as well. . The tenacity of being a good problem solver (engineering methods help here) is critical because your first solution is rarely the correct one. . There’s a lot of trial and error in getting to a final product
so being a little stubborn is a good thing.
•Graduation in any stream •10+2 pass