The British Footwear Association has launched an online ‘Shoe School’ designed for workers in the footwear sector who have no formal training on how shoes are made.
The course has been developed to upskill teams and is aimed at staff working in retail, sales, sourcing, business support or communications roles who would benefit from a greater understanding of how shoes are created and produced.
It is made up of five units:
- Feet, Footwear and Sizing: The importance of our feet, how footwear evolved into the product we know today, what is sizing and why does fit matter?
- An Introduction to Footwear Construction: This unit deals with basic construction principles of the most common types of footwear construction. The learner will gain an understanding of footwear terminology.
- Making Fashion Footwear the Cemented Process: Understanding the design, development and manufacturing of fashion footwear using the most common process; cemented construction.
- Materials and Components: The primary materials and components used in footwear, their pros and con for use and pros and cons for sustainability.
- Ethics and Sustainability in Footwear: The most important, introductory ethics and sustainability issues in footwear.
The course takes around two hours a month to complete.
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