Footwear Design

Latest Footwear Design News

  • Mar

    An Interview With Celebrity Footwear Designer and FIDM Student Devlin Braswell

    FIDM Merchandise Product Development Student Devlin Braswell, who we told you about last month, is a successful custom sneaker designer with a celebrity following. He'll be a student guest speaker at FIDM San Francisco's Open House on Saturday, April 23, 2016. 

    How did you first hear about FIDM? I actually heard about FIDM from a former student who I was on a date with. I told her I was into fashion and creating shoes. She told me I should try FIDM out. I'm glad I went on that date.

    How has FIDM helped you with your already-successful business and design sensibilities? I learned the most in my Textiles class and also my Adobe Illustrator class. I use both the skills I've learned from those classes in my day-to-day business.

    What are your ultimate career goals? To continue on the path I'm on and continue to be successful, finish my bachelor's degree, and teach at FIDM one day.

    How do you feel about speaking at FIDM Open House next month? What do you plan to share? I look forward to it. I love promoting my school. I'm proud to represent FIDM SF, I just plan on keeping it real and telling them my experience at FIDM.

    What advice would you give to an aspiring footwear designer? Believe in yourself, stay focused and be ready to sacrifice sleep and partying in the pursuit of chasing your dream.


    Categories: Footwear Design, Featured

  • Feb

    Industrywatch: Kate Spade Founders Launch New Brand

    Frances Valentine, the new accessories brand started by Kate and Andy Spade (of Kate Spade New York fame) launches this month with shoes and handbags at Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom. The creative couple who met at Arizona State over 30 years ago sold the nam … Read More

  • May

    Footwear Designer and FIDM Grad Lindsay Fontenot Travels to China for 3Dee International Two Weeks Into the Job

    Lindsay Fontenot graduated in March with her Professional Designation Degree in Merchandise Product Development. Just two weeks into her new job as an Assistant Footwear Designer/Product Developer at 3Dee International, a footwear agency in Long Beach, she we … Read More

  • May

    FIDM Grad Kim Thomas Launches Footwear and Accessory Design Consulting Business in Los Angeles

    FIDM Footwear Design Grad Kim Thomas is the co-founder of Jen + Kim Shoes, a custom shoe company she started in 2007 with her business partner, Jen Bonopartis. Every pair is custom and made to measure here in California. Since we last caught up with Kim five … Read More

  • Jan

    From the FIDM Library: Textiles & Materials Quarterly

    Winter 2015 footwear trends are bold, sensuous, earthy, and fun. Pops of red abound, providing much needed contast to pale neutrals and greys. Shades used by the old masters such as deep reds, smoked rosin, coral orange, and gold moss accentuate a painterly … Read More

  • Jan

    5 Footwear Sketches Created by FIDM Students

      As Christian Louboutin would say, "A shoe has so much more to offer than just to walk." For all of you shoe lovers, here are 5 incredible sketches created by FIDM Footwear Design students.   Interested in designing for a footwear brand, or launching your … Read More

  • Oct

    Meet WSA/FIDM Scholarship Winners Anthony Robert and Michael A. Davis II

    WSA@MAGIC and FIDM recently hosted the Footwear Design Scholarship Design Contest 2014. Entrants had to submit one footwear design sketch in the Junior/Contemporary and Evening/Fantasy categories for the Spring 2015 season. The two winners, recent FIDM Gradu … Read More

  • Oct

    Industrywatch: Converse Takes All Stars to Court

    Converse is taking Walmart, Kmart, Skechers and others to court to halt copying of their iconic Chuck Taylor All Stars. "Trademark infringement is difficult to prove in the fashion world," reports The New York Times. "The law does not allow companies to protec … Read More

  • Jun

    Trendwatch: Men's Sneakers Gain Fashion Cred

    It's official. Sneakers are socially appropriate footwear for men in suits (and other non-athletic wear), according to the fashion arbiters of the New York Times. In a roundup that includes interviews with fashion industry insiders who say that athletic shoes … Read More

  • May

    Trendwatch: Monogramming Shoes

    Personalizing your shoes is not a new concept. Nike started Nike ID, and many were able to design their own shoes, and include their name or personal logo. Monogramming has been a growing trend in accessories. You can have your initials in jewelery, handbag … Read More