Footwear Design is that branch of designing which provides expertize in designing footwear, involving the trends, market, styles and technicalities of the art. Fashion business involves a perfect styling of all the things that create a person’s personality and footwear is as important in this area as clothing or other accessories. Footwear Designing teaches a fine craftsman ship in shoe making and the basic ideas of the raw material that is needed in making a fine footwear, be it leather, or cloth or plastic. These days there is equal emphasis on footwear, in fashion world, as there is on clothes or hairstyles.
A student who wishes to pursue a professional course in footwear designing, needs to apply for various entrance exams that colleges are offering for various degree or diploma courses. You can apply for the entrance after finishing your Senior Secondary and then go for a graduation program. You can also opt for a bachelors in fashion design(general) programme and then go for a post graduate specialization in Footwear Designing
Some of the leading institutes and colleges that offer courses and professional coaching in footwear designing are:
- AVI School of Fashion and Shoe Technology, Chandigarh
- Central Footwear Training Institute, Agra
- Footwear Design and Development Institute, Noida
- MSME Technology Development Centre, Central Footwear Training Institute, Chennai
- Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai
- College of Leather Technology, Kolkata
- Government Tanning Institute, Punjab
To clear the entrance you need to go through last years sample papers and learn about essential terms and terminologies of fashion world and leather designing. Refer to leather business and technicalities on Internet, and acquaint yourself to the leading shoe brands and shoe designers. You can also read books on leather and shoe making business.
The future prospects of this area are as much as in the apparel designing, as they both are internal part of each others' business. You can work as a shoe designer or merchandiser. You can also work as a critic or journalist in the same market and work for media lines. Launching your own footwear line would be a very ambitious project. Retail market provides a lot of opportunities in this line.
Below mentioned is the list of institutes that offer Footwear Design & Technology Courses in India -
|Name & Address||Phone/Email/Website|
|AVI School of Fashion and Shoe Technology S.C.O 493-94, Iind Floor, Sector 35-C, Chandigarh||Phone No: 602997, 601651|
|Central Footwear Training Institute C-41-42, Site-’C', Industrial Area, Sikandra Agra-282007||Phone: 91-562-2642005 e-mail: email@example.com|
|Footwear Design & Development Institute A – 10 / A, Sector – 24 Noida- 201 301 Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh||Tel: +91-120-2412456, 2412534, 2412557 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.fddiindia.com|
|MSME Technology Development Centre (Central Footwear Training Institute), 65/1, GST Road, Guindy, Chennai 600032||Phone: 044-22501529, Email: email@example.com Website: www.cftichennai.in|
|Central Leather Research Institute (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research) Adyar, Chennai 600 020||Tel No: 91-44-24910897 91-44-24910846 E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.clri.org/|
|College of Leather Technology E.M. Byepass, Salt Lake, Sec-II Kolkata- 700091|
|Government Tanning Institute, Opposite Ambedkar Bhawan, Near Guru Ravidass Chowk, Nakodar Road, Jalandhar Punjab||Phone No: 0181-2253389, 0181-2472242 Email: email@example.com|