Asking for info.

Is there any school which provides courses in “Footwear/Shoe” Design?
I’d like to join that kind of program which focus only in shoe/footwear design.
If you do know about this info. pls. kindly let me know.

Thanks in advance for your help.

im at uni at DeMontfort in leicester, and im studying footwear. im in my 3rd year, and just as im leaving the course is getting really good loads of competitions to enter and leicester isnt that bad a place to stay.
any more info check DMU website.

or Cordwainers in london.

have a look at my work in the student design thing in this part of the forum

i think its cool that you are interested in footwear design… and if that is your passion you should definitely focus on it.

but dont limit your knowledge to only shoes.

i’m coming off an internship at Nike and one of the reasons I was chosen for the internship and had success at my position was my diverse design background (consulting, medical, electronics)

if i were you i would not chose a school based on footwear-centric programming. rather i would chose a school that is known for well rounded product design education.

the ability to design any product will only enhance your passion for designing shoes.

im at uni at DeMontfort in leicester, and im studying footwear. im in my 3rd year, and just as im leaving the course is getting really good loads of competitions to enter and leicester isnt that bad a place to stay.
any more info check DMU website.

or Cordwainers in london.

have a look at my work in the student design thing in this part of the forum

“Handwear/Glove” design is the future!
Feet are icky, I don’t know what you guys see in them…

Personally I think you will gain a definate advantage if you study a footwear course than if you don’t do one. Especially in Europe, it can be pretty difficult to get a footwear design position without any formal training as it seems to be a requirement in many places.

There are some exceptions (Nike noteably) but other places I reckon you might struggle without some footwear knowledge

Why? I’ve found a sound knowledge of shoemaking and pattern cutting (which you have to learn intensively on a footwear course), means that you can design shoes that are actually makeable. It could take two years in a first job to learn even some of this,if you are taught it at all. Most companies will require you to do more than just create pretty pictures. You will be writing specs sheets. You may be expected to amend the paper patterns when you visit factories. I know plenty of sneaker designers in Europe who cut their own patterns rather than trust it to a newbie pattern engineer in a Chinese factory - if you can do this too it is a definate advantage.

Specialising was to my advantage. Reading these boards I see many ID graduates complaining that there are few jobs and too many graduates. As there are so few footwear courses I’ve found it to be the other way round with footwear. I’m freelance and I have to turn work down and my clients complain that there aren’t enough trained designers coming into the trade, constantly.

Also most footwear companies forge strong links with the colleges (some guarantee internships also) and this means you have a great chance of getting a good starting role when you leave.

It is a tricky business to be in and has as much to do with clothing as it has to do with other product design so to bear this in mind. Fashion companies who make clothing do not generally employ designers with no formal fashion design (i.e. technical) training.

shoeinfo.net - go to the schools section - has footwear courses listed worldwide. Even if you don’t want to do a 3 year footwear degree, or are living in the USA where no footwear courses of this type are available. I’d recommend anyone who wants to do footwear to at least do a short shoemaking and pattern cutting course. Try to learn as much as you can about construction of footwear. Study books on the subject, not just the ‘Headz’ type books. It will give you an advantage and is a definate benefit.