Development of a holistic footwear concept based on user-centred design and integrated self-management tools for elderly (60+)


Implementation period: 1 January 2017 – 31 December 2018

The project is carried out by an international consortium consisting of: the Polish Chamber of Shoe and Leather Industry (Poland), the Institute of Leather Industry (Poland), and Prüf-und Forschungsinstitut Pirmasens e.V. (Germany).

The project will produce guidelines for manufacturing footwear most closely complying with the requirements of users in the 60+ age group. The guidelines will include both the materials to be used in the footwear as well as the construction guaranteeing users maximum comfort of use and pleasant appearance. To develop the guidelines, the research will use the latest generation of materials, innovative polymer surface modification technologies, electronic microelements, as well as modern designing supporting the needs of a user in the target age group.

An automated lacing mechanism controlled via a smartphone application will also be developed.

The implementation of the project will be completed by developing prototype footwear to provide a starting point for footwear companies wishing to introduce a new product on the market.


Shoes Made in EU: The European Shoemaker in the frames of the Erasmus+ Programme

Implementation period: 1 January 2015 – 31 October 2017

The project ‘SHOES MADE in EU: The European Shoemaker’ is carried out in the frames of the ERASMUS+ Programme Vocational Education Training, Action 2. Strategic Partnerships.

The Chamber’s project partners are: the Institute of Leather Industry (Poland), the Marshal Office of the Lodz Voivodship (Poland), European Confederation of the Footwear Industry CEC (Belgium), Centro Tecnológico do Calçado de Portugal (Portugal), ISC International Shoe Competence Center Pirmasens (Germany), CrystalClearSoft Anonymos Etaireia Parochis Ypiresion Logismikou (Greece) and Eurocrea Merchant Srl (Italy).

The idea behind the project is to strengthen vocational education training in the footwear sector by developing a new curriculum compliant with the EU standards and facilitating the finding of employment in the sector. The project is addressed at people interested in pursuing the profession of a shoemaker, companies in the Small and Medium Sized Enterprise sector, educational institutions, and industry associations.

The main goals to be accomplished:

– shoemaker handbook compliant with the EU requirements

– theoretical training via an e-learning platform

– practical training at a work station

– guides for entrepreneurs interested in raising their personnel qualifications

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Innovating Footwear Design Based on Biomechanical and Physiological Parameters


Implementation period: 1 December 2012 – 30 November 2014

The project, carried out in cooperation with the Institute of Leather Industry and Thomas More University from Belgium, resulted in streamlining the manufacturing technology, increasing the material base, and significantly improving the quality of manufactured footwear, especially the special-needs footwear, e.g. for sensitive or diabetic foot. The FOOTyWEAR project enabled small and medium sized enterprises to make use of and apply the results it produced in their own manufacturing and technological processes.

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