2019 Footwear Design Summit

Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)  //  Reeves Great Hall  //  200 W 28th St  //  New York, NY


Footwear designers are generally focused on WHAT they need to create for their next collections, yet in the face of challenges and opportunities like circularity, customization, tariffs, reshoring, virtual retail and big data, the more important question will be: HOW can we best design footwear going forward?

That is why FDRA and The Footwearists have teamed up again to organize a fantastic Footwear Design Summit, this time right in the heart of New York City!  It will focus on how we can best optimize the process of footwear design to make it future proof.

This will not be yet another conference where you are just listening to speeches. You will actively be challenged to open your mind to innovative yet highly practical and cost-effective ways of designing that you might have never thought of otherwise. Each section of the day will evolve around a different challenge that footwear designers and their managers face with speakers—all experts from the field—suggesting several solutions; some of which will be put to the test right away!

The Footwear Design Summit is the ONLY conference in the world that is dedicated to the future of footwear design. It is THE place to be for shoe designers of all levels, and for all footwear categories, from newbies to creative directors and product managers. Seating is limited! Register today to reserve your spot!


  • Design around high tariff costs
  • Design with sustainability in mind
  • Design to new manufacturing techniques/machines
  • New design software and technologies
  • Design with end use in mind
  • Consumer trends impacting design
  • Recruiting and retaining future designers

Thanks to our Great Sponsors!

Please contact apolk@fdra.org if you are interested in sponsoring this event.