Footwear designers create new designs and sample patterns for men's, women's and children's footwear.
There will be
4% more Footwear designer jobs in 2023.
In your local area
You could work in:
Your day-to-day duties may include:
You'll usually need a relevant degree that teaches both design and technical skills. The British Fashion Council has details of relevant college and university courses.
Paid or unpaid work experience will give you an advantage when looking for work.
You’ll also need to put together a portfolio of work that you can take along to interviews. This should include designs, technical drawings and mood boards to show your creative talents.
You could start as a design assistant before progressing to become a designer.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
Starter salary: £16,000
Experienced salary: £25,000 to £35,000
These figures are a guide.
You’ll often work long hours and at weekends in order to meet deadlines – like at the launch of a new collection.
You may travel for research, like visiting art galleries, trade shows or to places or countries linked to a theme.
With experience within a company, you could progress to senior designer, design director or head of department.
You could also become a freelance designer, employed by companies to work on specific projects, or become self-employed and launch your own collection.
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