Unit 1. What is comfort in footwear?

Lecture 1.1.The concept of comfort • Definitions and concepts
Lecture 1.2. Consumer’s requirements for comfort • Market segmentation based on consumers’ needs for comfort

Unit 2. Mechanical comfort and footwear performance

Lecture 2.1. Human foot and gait cycle • Foot anatomy – Bones. Joints. Arches. Muscles. Ligaments and tendons.
Lecture 2.2. Facility of walking, balance and stability
Lecture 2.3. Plantar pressure distribution and ground reaction forces
Lecture 2.4. Cushioning and shock absorption
Lecture 2.5. Bending and torsional characteristics of the sole
Lecture 2.6. Slip resistance
Lecture 2.7. Softness, flexibility and lightweight

Unit 3. Fitting and dimensional comfort Lecture

Lecture 3.1. Static and dynamic foot measurements
Lecture 3.2. Relation between foot, last and footwear

Unit 4. Introduction to hydrothermal comfort

Lecture 4.1. Thermal comfort
Lecture 4.2. Water resistance, absorption and vapour permeability/breathability

Unit 5. Testing standards and equipment for evaluating comfort and performance

Lecture 5.1. Testing standards and equipment for evaluating performance aspects
Lecture 5.2. Testing standards and equipment for evaluating comfort aspects
Lecture 5.3. Sources of product specifications and testing standards

Unit 6. Design for comfort and footwear performance Project work


Unit 1. Modern concepts on footwear sustainability
Lecture 1.1 Introduction to sustainability
Lecture 1.2. Consumer’s requirements and understanding for sustainability issues
Lecture 1.3. Legal requirements and product standards on consumer safety and environmental protection
Lecture 1.4. Requirements from non-legislative binding initiatives
Unit 2. Framework for sustainability evaluation and assessment in footwear
Lecture 2.1. Methodologies and tools to evaluate environmental impact and assess sustainability in footwear companies
Lecture 2.2. Computer aided tools for assessing sustainability
Lecture 2.3. Online tools developed by Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SCA)
Unit 3. Materials and technologies for sustainable footwear manufacturing
Lecture 3.1. Footwear materials, properties and environmental impact
Lecture 3.2. Chemical risks of footwear materials
Lecture 3.3. Testing standards and equipment for evaluating sustainability aspects
Lecture 3.4. Innovative footwear materials for sustainability
Lecture 3.5. Design for sustainable manufacturing
Lecture 3.6. Emerging Technologies for sustainable footwear manufacturing
Unit 4. Product Lifecycle Management approach for sustainability
Lecture 4.1. Reference models for footwear product lifecycle phases
Lecture 4.2. Footwear product development strategies to support sustainability
Lecture 4.3. Post-Consumer Waste Management
Unit 5. Footwear design for sustainability Project work


Unit 1. CAD/CAM/CAE systems for supporting integrated footwear design
Lecture 1.1. IT aids to footwear design engineering
Lecture 1.2. Computer-aided tools for material selection in the footwear industry • Introduction
Lecture 1.3. Overview on CAD/CAM/CAE systems for the footwear industry
Unit 2. Introduction to materials engineering
Lecture 2.1 Introduction to materials engineering
Lecture 2.2 Introduction to FEA
Unit 3. Engineering footwear for mechanical and hydrothermal comfort
Lecture 3.1. Introducing Finite Element Analysis (FEA) in footwear design engineering
Lecture 3.2. Managing plantar pressure maxima and distribution
Lecture 3.3. Managing shock absorption characteristics • Introduction
Lecture 3.4. Managing bending and torsional characteristics of the sole structure
Lecture 3.5. Managing fitting aspects • Introduction
Lecture 3.6. Managing thermal comfort • Introduction
Unit 4. Footwear functional modelling Project Work
Unit 5. Footwear 3D/2D CAD. Virtual & Rapid prototyping Project Work