Making: the Future of Footwear

Learn how to apply the latest manufacturing processes, technologies and materials to create more sustainable footwear.

This is our flagship course; it is a must for anyone who is working on the product development side of the footwear industry, whether you are experienced or still a beginner.

This course is always open for enrollment and has monthly live classes where we explore the latest developments in footwear innovation.
Would you join a live class around this visual forecast that talks about the technology behind the Yeezy Foam Runner and how this could evolve into the future? Leave your email below to receive an invitation!
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Why would I want to follow "Making: The Future of Footwear"?

"Making; The Future of Footwear" is the base for all other courses that we give, because whether you are learning how to visualize shoes in 3D, how to source materials and components or how to create a strategy towards circularity or digital transformation... it will always be essential that you understand how shoes are manufactured right now and in the future, or else you will make grave mistakes.

A lot of footwear professionals were taught how to make shoes by hand during their education, and even though this is certainly helpful, it does not resemble the way we make footwear industrially. In fact, with the rise of automation, the gap between how shoes are made by hand or in a footwear factory, is widening further. 
Innovation in manufacturing methods and footwear materials now goes so fast, that you cannot just rely on your experience, you will actively need to keep your knowledge up-to-date and that is what this course does for you. It also focuses on how to apply new manufacturing technologies in order to lower your carbon footprint and works towards circularity.

The course includes twelve chapters; the first three are intro classes, each focusing on a broad subject: how to forecast the future, how to make footwear more sustainable and the effects of automation. The following 9 chapters each cover a specific technology or type of material.

This course is continually updated through live classes. These are recorded and made available through our Footwearists Membership, which is included in this course. With this membership you can also see recordings of lectures we give at conferences organized by others.


  • 12 Chapters
  • 101 video classes (> 22 hrs)
  • monthly live classes
  • Footwearists Membership
  • 1 certification
  • access for 12 months

Course Format

This course consists of video classes that you can watch at your own pace. The course has a logical order, but you can also create your own order. In that case we advise you to watch the first three classes, since these are the intro, and then continu with the technology or material that interests you the most.

Each month there will be a live class. If you cannot join or would like to see it again, you can watch the recording on the Footwearists Membership page.

If you require a certificate for this course, you must have watched all class videos (not all live classes). We can verify this in our backsite system. 

Course Audience

This course is geared towards footwear professionals that are involved in manufacturing, product development, design, innovation and/or sustainability or that work in the orthopedic industry and other footwear-related industries. Participants of previous editions of "Making: The Future of Footwear" are working at:

  • INNOVATION CENTERS: Vibram, Camper, Hanesbrands, Try.fit
  • DESIGN DEPARTMENTS OF BRANDS: ALDO Group, ECCO, Dorothy Perkins, Joe Nimble, Jakshoes, Pezzol (safety shoes)
  • STARTUPS: No Saints, Other Year, HAUS Design
  • ORTHOPEDIC SHOE COMPANIES: Livit, Kemerink Orthopedics, The gait and biomechanics lab, Gneiss Concept


This course is for all levels, from beginners to seasoned 'shoe dogs'. All we require is an open mind and a passion for footwear! And even if you do not have that, you will after taking this course!

Attention: this is not a design course, but a knowledge and insight course, there will be no sketching involved! Knowledge of manufacturing and sustainability is essential for designers though and will greatly improve your design capabilities!

Leave your email to receive invitations for our live classes!

For "Making: The Future of Footwear" we give monthly live classes. You can also join these if you are not enrolled in this course, but you will not have access to the recordings then, you can only join live.
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Nicoline van Enter + her network

Founder of The Footwearists
The course is developed and taught by Nicoline van Enter, founder of The Footwearists, the international innovation network behind the Footwearology Academy.

Nicoline is a world-renowned footwear technology forecaster, lecturer and consultant, specializing in sustainable manufacturing technologies.

She has over 30 years of experience in the footwear industry, working and teaching around the globe for companies across the supply chain and has built a huge network that will also be involved in this course. 
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Course Contents


Even though I have been working in footwear design, sourcing and production for decades already, I still still learned lot from "Making: The Future of Footwear".

After this course I do not only know more, but I also look at footwear manufacturing in a whole new way, which has greatly inspired me to create even more innovation!
Innovation Design Footwear Sourcing
I think the course is great. I like the flow of information, it is an order that makes sense. The course content is indeed for people already in the footwear industry but dives into details that I think a lot of people don't fully understand because we all tend to work in our areas of expertise- eg bottom technologies, upper materials, knit details and a lot of product people don't know the ins and outs of leathers either.

I've almost completed the course and I'm walking away with a more foundational knowledge of footwear manufacturing techniques. I feel empowered in understanding more about the future direction of this industry, and areas in which I can help make a positive impact and work towards my career goals
Sustainability, Sourcing, Supply Chain & Materials Consultant
This course should be mandatory for all footwear companies!
david boynton
Senior Manager virtual Product Creation at Reebok
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This is the intro class to chapter 2, showing how we will systematically discuss all aspects of circular, regenerative footwear.
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In this class we focus on 3D printing with liquids or in liquids. This is an example of a technology that is upcoming; it is still cutting-edge and not mainstream. In each technology or material class we start with things that are readily available and work towards innovations that are in development, like this one.
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Here is an example of a live class. In this case it is for both Professional Sole Design and for "Making: The Future of Footwear", since it involves Defne Yalkut, who teaches Professional Sole Design and Pedro Castro of Aloft, a renowned sole manufacturer from Portugal. Together they talk about developments in sole design and sole molding.