The Science of Footwear

Ravindra S. Goonetilleke

November 6, 2012 by CRC Press
Reference - 726 Pages - 324 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439835685 - CAT# K11604
Series: Human Factors and Ergonomics


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  • Provides exclusive coverage of computer scanners and foot anthropometry
  • Outlines the design aspects of the various components of a shoe from mass manufacturing to personalized shoes and components
  • Highlights the various effects of footwear, including activity-specific footwear
  • Discuss the issues of customization with a view to minimizing waste, enhancing overall performance, and delighting customers
  • Presents algorithms and empirical models for footwear design


Although we now have sophisticated algorithms and techniques for determining the shapes and sizes and for matching the fit between shoes and feet, few, if any, of the books currently available cover these new technologies until now. Bringing together high-quality and state-of-the-art contributions from designers, biomechanists, ergonomists, engineers, podiatrists, and scientists from industry and academia, The Science of Footwear provides an in-depth understanding of the technology and techniques involved in the design and development of a popular and demanding consumer product.

This book introduces the design, development, manufacturing, and marketing of footwear. The chapters contain data from past research and the state-of-the art methodologies. They not only cover every aspect of the product design, but also how the footwear industry caters to the wide-ranging needs of sophisticated and demanding customers.

The footwear industry has rapidly changed over the last 10 years. Mass production has changed to personalization and mass customization, areas that are not well-understood. This book explores these different concepts in a coherent way, drawing on differing views that give a holistic view of the science behind footwear. Collating information from different disciplines, the book provides the tools to develop the next generation of footwear.

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