Footwear Design

Career opportunities after FIDM

Footwear Design Graduates design shoes for companies such as Steve Madden, Chinese Laundry, Nine West, Keds, and Michael Antonio, and launch their own high-end footwear brands. Their designs have been worn by numerous celebrities and featured in magazines such as Vogue, Seventeen, and WWD.

Footwear Designer

Create fashion that puts feet first. Design original footwear for a company or your own label. Work with materials, trims, styling details, and heel height and shape. Travel to the hottest markets to research trends, attend trade shows, and find inspiration. This job requires creativity and a keen eye for color and texture.

Assistant Footwear Designer

Put your best foot forward. Serve as the Footwear Designer's right-hand person. Translate the Designer's original ideas into sketches and create the actual patterns used to mass-produce the shoes.

Line Builder

Head to the front of the footwear line. Develop a footwear line for the target customer. Oversee the entire process, from concept and costing to sourcing, production, and the final marketing. Work closely with Design and Production Teams.

Design Assistant

Get started in shoe design. Contribute a strong sketching ability and good sense of fashion trends and color to the team. Ideal candidates are well-organized with some shoe design experience.

Assistant Product Development Manager

Get into the shoe business. Work directly with the Product Development Team and regularly communicate with Overseas Agents. An excellent opportunity for someone with great communication skills and an interest in the footwear industry.