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FOOTWEAR IN THE 21ST CENTURY

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Review of skills and competences of footwear designers and product managers

This report presents the findings of the desks research for identifying and reviewing the current knowledge, skills and competences of the sector in relation to design and product development deeply engaged for comfort and sustainability. It provided the foundations for establishing a new European Qualification Framework (EQF) for the footwear designers and product managers.

Review of computational tools and equipment for determining comfort parameters - Executive Summary

An extensive review of academic and commercial CAD/CAM/CAE solutions has been conducted in order to collect all relevant info for addressing comfort parameters in real design and production environments.

Review of the role of materials and special sole structures in footwear comfort and sustainability - Executive Summary

All related comfort and sustainability parameters were formally defined, including dimensional and mechanical comfort parameters, as well as environmental and performance issues. The use of biomechanics for the determination of comfort parameters has been deeply investigated.

Definition of comfort and sustainability parameters according to footwear categorisation - Executive Summary

The role of materials in footwear comfort is crucial, especially when it is combined with special sole structures (i.e., orthotic insoles). It is therefore important to review the most commonly used materials and sole structures in footwear. Sustainability aspects of material selection for different footwear structures were also considered. Additionally, the footwear materials and components were reviewed according to their environmental impact using technical sustainability indices.

Categorisation of footwear according to comfort requirements - Executive Summary

Various footwear products have different comfort requirements. Therefore, in order to establish a suitable approach to all footwear comfort issues, it is required to categorise footwear according to the expected comfort requirements.

Field research on installed capacity to identify critical aspects of the footwear comfort, quality and sustainability

An extended field research based on interviewswas set up within the framework of the SciLED project. The questionnaires were filled by experts having managerial responsibilities in footwear companies from Italy, Greece, Portugal, Romania, Spain and from other countries outside the consortium.

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