i think what molested cow is asking about in terms of the interior of a shoe and ergonomics is the actual last of the shoe. yo can probably explain it better but i will try to explain, every shoe has a certain last–or foot print–it is built around, a dress shoe has a difflerent last than a running shoe which has a different last from a basketball shoe, in most cases, which accomodates a range of foot types. to some extent i have found that these things can be neglected because of the cushioning technologies, we all know what a foot looks like and how it works, and saving deformities most people walk/run the same way generally, plus if you ever have looked at a woman wearing high heel shoe or a man wearing those italian pointy-toed joints you know that people do make some compromises for style.
i know i am bbut a lowly student, but for a designer to say:
However I see shoes design much like car design, with a lot of it to do with the aesthetics. And I even see much of it being just graphical. That’s why I say I am not too interested in this particular part of the design.
is kind of offputting, i know design is about solving problems, aesthetics is really what you are paid to do right? just like a product designer would work with an engineer–so does the car designer, shoes just like cars are engineered for performance as well as ergonomics. it is just that in those markets styling is what really drives consumers. i have seen shoe designers use a physical model of a foot with topographic map of support points on it. i never understood why there is this sort of animosity/frowning upon between product & trans guys…
molested cow you should do some research on shoes i am sure once you do you fall in love with footwear, i mean they have shoes for activity and even divisions within those activities, like
different basketball shoes for big men, guards, cushioning, lateral movement.
different running shoes for sprinters, long distance runners, etc.
hiking boots for cold climates, hot climates, both, watertight, walking
i mean the list could go on and on, i am myself an aspiring designer and a self confessed sneakerhead who would love to be involved with shoes. so i pride myself on trying to acquire as much knowledge about shoes as i can, so if you got some tips/tidbits for me i would be very grateful.