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Footwear Technologist

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.


Career Options

  • 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
  • Action shoes
  • Flex
  • Liberty Group
  • Woodland
  • Lee Cooper etc. The footwear industry has a range of jobs in areas comprising of research and development
  • design
  • manufacturing operations
  • 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
  • product development
  • 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
  • Footwear Buyers
  • Fashion Trend Analysts
  • Footwear Technicians
  • Footwear Line Builders
  • Production Coordinators & managers
  • Marketing Managers and so on.

Educational Qualifications

  • •Graduation in any stream •10+2 pass

Personal Skills

  • . 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.

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.

Top Colleges

  • • The Footwear Design and Development Institute Address: A - 10 / A, Sector 24, GautamBudh Nagar, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201301 Phone: 0120 450 0100 http://www.fddiindia.com/
  • • Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai Address: Sardar Patel Road, Adyar, Near IIT Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600020 Phone: 044 2491 0897 http://www.clri.org/

Working Conditions

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

Top Companies

  • Woodland New Delhi: Address- Aero Club Pvt.Ltd.2168,Gurudwara Road, Opp. Post Office,New Delhi-110005 Office Phone Number- 011-41516474 Mumbai: Address-Woodland Store,Shop No 7/8, Tpiwala Building, Next ITC Hotel, Dr.Ambedkar Road,Parel,Mumbai-400012,Maharashtra,India Office Phone Number: 022-24102025 http://www.woodlandworldwide.com/wnew/faces/fe/jsps/career.jsp
  • Action Footwear Address: D-5, Udyog Nagar, Main Rohtak Road, Udyog Nagar, Delhi, 110041 Phone: 011 2596 7350 http://www.actionshoes.com/career

Successful Persons

Mark Parker

Mark Parker (born 21 October 1955) is the Chief Executive Officer of Nike, Inc., he was named the third CEO of the company in 2006.Parker joined Nike in 1979 as a footwear designer based in its R&D facility in Exeter, New Hampshire.

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