• Paperback
  • 350 illustrations
  • 192 pages
  • 280 x 216 mm
  • ISBN 9781856697453
  • Published March 2012

Footwear design has become the new dream career, and this book is the first guide to show the key skills and tips behind the trade, for both budding designers and anyone interested in shoes.

Since Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik became household names, footwear design is now one of the most lucrative strands of any fashion brand. Aki Choklat explores the footwear design process, explaining the differences between the anatomy of the foot and the anatomy of a shoe, showing how one constrains the other, before moving onto the research and design development processes and the art of creating a complete collection. The all-important presentation is then discussed, including illustrative techniques, before the book ends with advice for those wishing to pursue a career in footwear design.

Illustrated throughout with inspirational sketchbooks detailing the design process and specially commissioned images of cutting-edge shoe design, the book also contains case studies featuring an array of international shoe designers.

About the Author

Aki Choklat is an international design professional and shoe designer. He not only runs his own footwear label but also works as a trend and design consultant for numerous companies and lectures at Polimoda: International Institute of Fashion Design and Marketing in Florence, Italy. He has worked with many design schools including London College of Fashion and Fashion Institute of Technology.

Customer Reviews

An impressive must-have Review by Sharlot B. Battin
'Footwear Design is a lovely book. An impressive must-have for footwear courses.'
Sharlot B. Battin
CEO and Master Bootmaker (Montana Leatherworks Ltd. and Great Northern Boot Co.), Course Developer and Footwear Professor, Footwear, Fashion Institute of Technology (Posted on 12/13/12)
Invaluable and unique Review by Kevin Guildford
'At last an invaluable and unique resource that will appeal to footwear designers, students and shoe lovers alike. The inspirational stages of shoe design are superbly documented; from the history of footwear through research, technical and illustration methods. Fascinating case studies by some of today’s most influential designers give an insight into how ideas are developed and realised. This book offers a comprehensive insight and guide into the complete design process.'
Kevin Guildford, Course Leader Footwear Design, DeMontfort University. (Posted on 12/13/12)
The perfect present for any young person who is passionate about shoes Review by Sue Saunders
'A very useful book that fills a huge gap in the market. This book answers many of the questions we are asked on a regular basis, and the amount of explanatory visuals makes this perfect for creative students. As well as a valuable study tool this book would be the perfect present for any young person who is passionate about shoes.'
Sue Saunders, Course Director, Cordwainers BA Hons Footwear Design and Development, London College of Fashion (Posted on 12/13/12)
Should not be missed Review by Linda Loppa
'Shoes are the foundation we stand on. Show me your shoes and I’ll tell you who you are… This is a book that should not be missed.'
Linda Loppa, Italy
(Posted on 12/13/12)

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