Footwear Designer Job Description

Footwear Designer Job Description

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Footwear designer provides product conceptualization, illustration and technical detailing of product, graphics, technical specifications and general detailing of product.

Footwear Designer Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective footwear designer job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included footwear designer job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Researches color and style trend analysis and communicates to Product Development team via samples, trend boards
Provide clear communications to vendors and factories throughout all phases of product development
Execute footwear sketches and color ups for seasonal footwear presentations
Compiling and distributing of seasonal development information to product development partners and key vendors
Ensure the design integrity is met throughout the entire product development process from concept through manufacturing
Coordinate, manage and maintain seasonal materials, color standards, and presentation boards
Research and forecast market trends, material, color and silhouettes
Complete accurate technical packages that adhere to Kohl's testing, construction & quality standards
Develop comprehensive graded specs (WebPDM)
Develop signature construction standards

Footwear Designer Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Education for Footwear Designer

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the footwear designer job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Collage Degree in Design, Industrial Design, Education, Fashion Design, Industrial, Fashion, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Product Design, Automotive

Skills for Footwear Designer

Desired skills for footwear designer include:

Industrial design
Fashion product and fashion design/industrial product
Footwear manufacturing process
Technical processes and ability to address lasts
Blueprints and molds at a general level
Product development
Material and trims

Desired experience for footwear designer includes:

Ensure appropriate product testing for performance standards
Help establish Kohl's construction standards for vendor to follow and monitor adherence
Bachelor's Degree in Design or Patternmaking / Apparel Manufacturing
Minimum three/four years of technical design/construction/patternmaking/design experience
Footwear technical design experience
Execute design packages with translation of all details in order for the factory to execute correct samples

Footwear Designer Examples


Footwear Designer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of footwear designer. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for footwear designer
  • Help the individual running footwear teams formulate their specific material and color stories and execute retail viable color combinations to support themes
  • Propose design ideas based on seasonal assignments with regard to materials, color, style, definition, functional features, fit requirements and design detail
  • Work with the Color & Trend Creative Direction team to gather trend information and imagery from multi-media, fashion shows, internet, travel and retail
  • Assist in the seasonal presentation of materials, color and graphics to the design teams including palettes and imagery relating to the seasonal design themes
  • Apply color and graphic materials to assigned footwear categories
  • Proficient in illustrator/Photoshop/InDesign
  • Experience in developing product directly with factories
  • Assist in creation of presentations for design meetings with Creative Director, for Merchandizing and Buying teams
  • Maintain and organize vintage samples and product prototypes, material and hardware submits and standards
  • Understand the needs of the global running consumer by working closely with those consumers at all levels of ability our consumer insights team
Qualifications for footwear designer
  • College degree in the arts preferred
  • 2-5 years plus experience in fashion related industry
  • Passion for baseball and/or American football is a big plus
  • Understanding of materials and their application to footwear designs
  • Basic awareness of lasts, outsoles, blueprints, molds, and is able to complete a tech pack with minimal supervision
  • Prolific Design

Footwear Designer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of footwear designer. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for footwear designer
  • Drive UA color continuously generating industry leading strategic processes and applications of color and materials for Women’s and Run Footwear
  • Define and drive forward seasonal color and material strategy, merchandising and application for various Footwear categories, assuring that color is applied in purposeful ways to serve the Footwear Point of View
  • Support the Corporate and Footwear Creative Direction by building early directional concepts that offer insight into relevant Color, Trend, & Print
  • Leads color & material design processes for assigned category or product group
  • Ensure the consistent application of color and materials on product by prescribing the necessary standards the Footwear team would require of our factories, and assuring their adherence during manufacture
  • Work with Concept team in building corporate Seasonal Color Palettes for Footwear and help in their creation, distribution, and management
  • Work directly with pricing department to ensure designs are executed in appropriate price range
  • Work closely as a member of the Footwear Design Team, creating designs and technical specification packages for performance footwear
  • Consistently deliver innovative and appropriate design solutions to meet the briefed requirements
  • Design in performance categories at the expert level aesthetically and technically
Qualifications for footwear designer
  • Proficient Computer skills on Apple Mac or PC (Adobe Illustrator, Photo Shop, , Power Point, CAD)
  • 3 years Footwear experience
  • Proficient in Mac Photoshop and Illustrator
  • A technical understanding of footwear construction and the ability to correct patterns and outsoles
  • Strong knowledge of textiles and trims
  • Strong communication skills both to piers and vendors

Footwear Designer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is searching for experienced candidates for the position of footwear designer. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for footwear designer
  • Lend design expertise to team as needed, to new or updated styles requested by the Buying and Product Development teams
  • Collaborates with product development team to create detailed design packages that enables the factories to execute
  • Manage the sharedrive and updates all photos/references received
  • Sense of accountability and strong work ethic
  • Developing and designing product ranges
  • To research trends and directions for product ranges
  • Working closely with Buying teams to range product
  • Working with the technical team, advising factories on construction, details and artworks
  • Sourcing from the supply base and building relationship with suppliers
  • Traveling and researching for directional and comparative trend and product direction
Qualifications for footwear designer
  • Must have expert knowledge of Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign traditional hands on design techniques
  • Expert knowledge of pop culture’s evolving roll influencing design, style, art and music and its intersection with sport
  • Minimum 3+ years experience in shoe design
  • Good Mac design skills in illustrator and Photoshop
  • 3 years action sports or athletic industry exposure preferred
  • Excellent product sense, proven brand and business management skills, strong marketing skills, organization skills, general business acumen

Footwear Designer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking for a footwear designer. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for footwear designer
  • Possess extensive knowledge of footwear construction and detailed technical spec sheets for prototypes
  • Take an active role in fit sessions and product line reviews to ensure timely releases
  • Conduct visual survey and conceptualization to establish better communication with team
  • Evaluate all samples and correspond changes for development of footwear designs
  • Join forces with technical design team to establish block library
  • Create original hand sketches of style groups based on concept/direction from SVP of Design
  • Ensure original vision and fit expectations are maintained
  • Contribute to the creative vision for the category through product in a way that supports a premium product consumer experience using the UA Brand, Design Ethos and a keen awareness of current trends
  • Be a key partner in creating brand identity and distinctive UA footwear offerings for the Run category with a creative and current design vision
  • Utilize storytelling through your creative influence to bring successful product lines to market
Qualifications for footwear designer
  • Hands-on experience with CAD software
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of apparel construction
  • Strong knowledge of product cycles
  • Minimum 5 years in footwear design
  • First experience in managing and mentoring of designers
  • Bachelor degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university in design and four years related experience and /or training

Footwear Designer Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking to fill the role of footwear designer. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for footwear designer
  • You will have a solid track record of working successfully on multi-disciplinary design teams
  • You will travel regularly with the design, development and marketing teams for market/consumer/trend research, seasonally for factory visits and product design follow-up
  • Present professional renderings of design solutions 3D representation of the responsible for the presentation of design solutions to cross functional teams
  • Collaborates with merchants to execute designs on "big ideas" for the season
  • Effectively communicates how to translate trend into categories, lifestyles and brands
  • Design and execute exclusive brands, Champion, a full lifestyle brand, including all relevant classifications
  • Provides input to merchandising, translating trends into the line building process throughout the end to end process
  • Participates in field research to identify customer’s expectations
  • Responsible for design process from conceptualization to finished product
  • Collaborate with 3D modelers to generate high quality visuals/presentations from 3D assets for various departments
Qualifications for footwear designer
  • Basic knowledge of manufacturing processes, molding, sewing, printing
  • Show clear communication, both visually and verbally
  • Previous experience in designing footwear for an aspirational brand or similar High Street retailer
  • Candidate must possess strong organizational and communication skills both visual and verbal
  • Project Management and Development is also a necessity
  • The Senior Designer will manage multiple priorities from Development issues to creative problem solving providing leadership and market experience to other designers

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