In today’s world designing is not any more limited in a single field of fashion designing of garments. With emerging demand of different designer outfits and apparels fashion designing education too is spreading itself in many wings. Footwear designing, like other creative designing courses has also emerged as a growing field of this sphere. Especially in the world of fashion designing, where accessories are as important as your wear, footwear has acquired large significance, symbolizing one’s fashion statement, personal taste as well as sense of comfort. And since designing and making of shoes are quite complex, footwear industry needs efficient craftsmen trained with apt technical know-how.

Earlier there was very little awareness and Footwear was considered a mere necessity. But this changing trend boding well for the industry as well as people at large. India ranks second only to China among the footwear- producing countries. With more and more importance being given to accessories, the Indian footwear designing industry is undergoing a boom and is poised to grow at a whopping annual rate of 25-32% in the next couple of years. With the industry at such a high, it is but obvious that the demand for skilled professionals is bound to go up at a good pace over the years to come.

One can opt for a course in footwear technology or footware design after 10+2, though some certificate and short- term courses require only a class X pass. Science graduates and those with experience or training can make a foray into management & supervision.

There are several kinds of Footwear Design & Technology courses are available in India. Students can choose from these courses according to your needs and qualifications. Some of these courses are Management program in Footwear Technology, Masters Program in Footwear Design, Higher Diploma course in Footwear Technology, Diploma course in Footwear Designing as well as short term courses in Footwear, leather garments.

As a footwear designer one can earn anywhere beginning with Rs. 10,000, though it depends upon various factors including the individual skills and knowledge. Supervisors can start with a salary of Rs. 5,500 to Rs. 7,500, while the managers can earn in the range of Rs. 6,500-9,000 per month.

In India there are several fashion designing institutes who are providing different courses on footwear designs. Some of the leading institutes are follows

•    Central Leather Research Institute, Adyar, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)- 600020
Course: 26 weeks cerficate in leather footwear after 10+2 with 50 percent marks offered at the Indian Institute of Leather Products, 102, Mangalepuram, SI& Co Industrial Estate, Ambattur, Chennai- 600098 as well.

    National Institute of Fashion Technology, Campus, Old Mahabalipuram Road, Taramani, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)- 600113
Course: Four- year undergraduate programme in design with specialization in footwear and leatber products.

    The Central Footwear Training Institute, C- 41/42, Site- C, Industrial Area, Sikandara, Agra (U.P)- 282007 Course: Two- year Diploma in Footwear Design and Production after 10+2; Age: 17- 25 years.

•    AVI School of Fashion and Shoe Technology, S.C.O 493-94, Iind Floor, Sector 35-C, Chandigarh

•    College of Leather Technology, E.M. Byepass, Salt Lake, Sec-II ,Kolkata- 700091

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