A Footwear Designer comes up with creative and practical designs for boots and trainers using the latest innovations and technologies. Analysing consumer demand and trends, they work with a design team to propose ideas. These are often either sketched by hand or through computer software. Once such an idea has been approved, they build out the design by adding in the little details and then select the materials to be used. This is followed by the development of the design to create a physical sample. They then respond to feedback and updates from clients to produce a final product, for which they oversee quality checks and production.


As sportswear companies compete to create the latest innovations in footwear, a Footwear Designer works with a Sportswear Technologist to incorporate any technological developments into their design.


An undergraduate degree in Product Design, Art and Design or related field is usually required. The Chartered Society of Designers also offers a membership scheme and training courses, completion of which is advantageous for employers.


A portfolio of design work, which could have been produced whilst studying for a degree or through experience with an employer, is the minimum requirement. This allows employers to see an applicant’s ability and eye for design. Applicants should be able to demonstrate commercial awareness and an understanding of the sports footwear market.


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