Anu Handa



What is Footwear Design?

Footwear Design is an emerging and promising career option, and a lot many institutes are offering degree in the field. A Footwear Designer can work with a company, freelance, work for haute couture, or work as a specialist eg. Designing for Doctors, Kids, Women, Running shoes, Sports Shoes etc.

Skills required for Footwear Design

  • Concept Creation
  • Sketching / Drawing
  • Eye for Colour
  • Awareness of Fashion Trends
  • Knowledge of Biomechanics

Education in Footwear Design

Candidates who want to pursue a career in Footwear Design can study the course at Undergraduate & Postgraduate level. One of the most popular college that offers B.Des & M.Des courses in Footwear Design is FDDI. 

Footwear Design Eligibility Criteria

To pursue a bachelor’s degree in Footwear Design, a student should pass 10+2 as a qualifying examination from a recognized State or National Board of Education. Age limit, stream specification and minimum qualifying marks in 10+2, can be other criteria’s of eligibility, which may vary among colleges.

A degree course in Footwear Design is the first step to a successful career in the field.

Footwear Design Entrance Exam

All popular colleges conduct entrance exams in order to offer admissions to aspiring candidates. One of the top Entrance Exams for Footwear Design is conducted by FDDI.


Footwear Design Course Curriculum

Some of the subjects taught in the curriculum include:

  • Shoe Engineering
  • Footwear Production & Manufacturing
  • Fashion History
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Business & Marketing
  • Retail Management
  • Footwear Designing
  • Quality Management
  • Buying / Sourcing
  • Lasting & Finishing Techniques
  • Manufacturing Techniques
  • Management & Product Costing
  • Footwear Retailing

Career in Footwear Design

After completion of their degree, students may intern with companies in the Footwear business to have a better understanding of the industry. The sky is the limit for talented professionals, as the jobs in the field are extremely rewarding and fulfilling. Career in Footwear Design can be in the following fields:

  • Quality Control
  • Export Merchandising
  • Marketing
  • Production & Planning
  • Product Development

About the Author: Anu Handa is an Interior Designer, DIY Artist, Co-Founder and Educator at Mosaic Institute of Design. She has been the lead blogpost writer at since 2009. Her educational background in Interior Design, Urban Planning and the English Language has given her a broad base to cover a range of topics in her articles. Anu has spent 15+ years training Design & B.Arch Aspirants for entrance exams.

Passionate about Design Education, she’s briefly worked with Annamalai University as a paper setter for Design Exams. Likes to write about Design, Architecture and related fields, on online platforms like Quora. Aims at challenging the conventional & age old teaching methodology