Footwear Design & Development

Latest Footwear Design & Development News

  • Mar

    Footwear Grad is CGM Designer at DC Shoes

    We recently caught up with FIDM Footwear Design Alumnus Chris Munar, who is currently working at DC Shoes as a Footwear CGM (Color, Graphics, and Materials) Designer, in the men’s initials skate and youth/toddlers categories.

    “Footwear/sneakers are my life,” he said. “My passions growing up were playing basketball, art, fashion and sneakers. During my freshman year in high school, FIDM did a classroom presentation in my sewing class. I knew then that I wanted to be a footwear designer.”

    Chris, 27, graduated with his Merchandise Product Development degree in 2011, from the San Francisco campus. He then completed the Footwear Design Advance Study Program in 2012 on the LA campus.

    “FIDM gave me a starting point in my career. It gave me the basic tools I needed to first get my foot in the door to the footwear/fashion industry. It has made me a well-rounded and well-versed designer. My professors, directors, and classmates all pushed me to be my best. Being around people with the same passion helped me strive to be great. FIDM also provided me with great resources and networking skills that I could not have found elsewhere.”

    The classes most valuable to him were computer rendering, trend analysis, footwear design classes with Bonnie Smith, footwear marketing, and brand merchandising.

    “David Orris and Kathy Bailon were two of the most influential people to me during my time at FIDM,” he said. “I am truly grateful for them and their guidance and advice.”

    Chris told us that the proudest moment of his career so far has been working on a footwear collaboration collection with Cartoon Network and designing colorways for athletes. One of his goals is to become a creative director at an athletic/lifestyle footwear company.


    Categories: Alumni, Footwear Design

  • Jan

    Toms Teams with & Other Stories

    TOMS is teaming with H&M owned & Other Stories on a line of shoes and ready-to-wear with a California vibe for spring 2017. The shoe company's first line of apparel will feature pieces "with a quirky and Bohemian bent specific to Venice Beach." Model, jewelry … Read More

  • Dec

    Trendwatch: The Future of Sneakers

    Does tying your shoes tire you out? How about figuring out your size for each brand? Problem solved. Sneaker giants Adidas and Nike are bringing to market tech sneakers that look a lot like Back to the Future. Adidas' Futurecraft sneakers (now available to the … Read More

  • Jun

    Sisters and Business Management Students Find Success With Their Footwear Brand

    Dallas-based sisters Roberta and Daniela Nuñez, who are both online Business Management Students at FIDM, are behind the shoe brands, David Isaac and David by David Isaac. They were recently profiled by NBC News Latino and a pair of their shoes have been fea … Read More

  • 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, 201 … Read More

  • Feb

    FIDM Student Designs Customized Sneakers For Super Bowl Quarterback Cam Newton

    According to ESPN, someone in Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton's camp reached out to custom sneaker designer and current FIDM San Francisco Student Devlin Braswell during the NFL playoffs. After seeing his work online, they thought Devlin could make … Read More

  • 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