how to become a... shoe designer

By: David Starr


Shoe designers use their knowledge of fashion trends, materials and design to conceptualize and develop new footwear. Aspiring shoe designers who complete an associate's or bachelor's degree program in fashion design may have a competitive edge in the job market.

Shoe design is an awesome thing to if you enjoy drawling or sketching

Basic Design

Aspiring shoe designers can complete 2-year or 4-year programs in fashion design, although according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, most earn a bachelor's degree.Courses may include footwear design, design software, materials, marketing, industry trends and advanced footwear design .A flair for fashion and foresight regarding upcoming industry trends are also important qualities. Shoe designers usually integrate paper-based sketches with CAD software, which requires that they have the ability to sketch.

Day to Day life of a shoe designer

To create the best, most successful styles, fashion designers study and learn from what other designers create. After researching trends and other designers work, fashion designers sketch their own designs, choose the colors and fabrics and oversee the final production of their creations. Apparel designers create casual wear, suits, sportswear, formal wear, outerwear and maternity and intimate apparel.

Professionals in the Field

Tinker Haven Hatfield Jr. was born April 30th, 1952 Hillsborough, Oregon. He was the designer of the air Jordan 3, air Jordan 15, air Jordan XXIII, the 2015 Air Jordan XX9, and other athletic sneakers including the world's first cross training shoes, the Nike Air Trainer. He is Nike's Vice President for Design and Special Projects.


Footwear designers create new designs and sample patterns for men's, women's and children's footwear, as well as sports and work shoes. They use computer design software and traditional drawing skills to create their designs.

You'll normally need a higher education qualification like a degree in fashion or footwear design to get into this career. You may also be able to start as a designer's assistant and work your way up