Validation of EQF for Footwear Designers and Product Managers

The SciLED workshop “Skills under the spotlight” was held on 18th of February 2020. There couldn’t be a better venue than the international footwear fair MICAM in Milan for the SciLED Erasmus+ partners to present the first tangible outcomes of their work.

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.

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 current learning tools and methods including providers - Executive summary

The current learning tools and methods for the training of footwear designers and product managers have been investigated. The report contains all major courses, seminars in HEIs or VET institutions around Europe. The report also provides details on the current pedagogical practises and the learning methods (short-courses, e-learning, MOOCs, etc.).

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.

National workshops/seminars for students, designers and product managers

Workshops and seminars are planned in four SciLED partner countries in the period of June 2020 – May 2021: Romania, Italy, Portugal and Spain. These training activities are targeted to Higher Education, Business Community and Research Centres.

The first seminar was held online in the period of 15 – 19th of June 2020, being organised by Politecnico di Milano and Vibram, with students enrolled at university, designers and representatives of footwear companies. An overview can be seen at

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