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The Science of Footwear

1st Edition

Edited by Ravindra S. Goonetilleke

CRC Press

726 pages | 324 B/W Illus.

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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.


"The integration of so many aspects of footwear design into a single volume is a challenge, but Goonetilleke has produced an extremely interesting book. … a valuable contribution … So, if this book were a pair of shoes would I buy them? I like their look, the material is great, and having tried them on for fit they're just about right."

—Alex W. Stedmon, Human Systems Integration Applied Research Group, Faculty of Engineering & Computing, Coventry University, Coventry, UK in Ergonomics, 2013, Vol. 56, No. 11 , 1789-1791

"… will fill the need of having a book to summarize what is happening in the footwear research field currently. … the only option to read and know what is happening out there in this field.

—Channa P. Witana, PhD, Honeywell

"… a nice addition to the reference library for footwear design. … has more breadth and is a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary overview including both historical practices and some of the latest technologies."

—Dr. Kathleen M. Robinette,Oklahoma State University

"… covers holistic information on footwear design from the scientific point of view. Topics are well organized and easy to understand for not only researchers but also designers."

—Masaaki Mochimaru,Digital Human Research Center, AIST, Japan

Table of Contents

The Human Foot

Foot Structure and Anatomy, Ma Xiao, Yan Luximon, and Ameersing Luximon

Foot Morphology, Inga Krauss and Marlene Mauch

Foot Characteristics and Related Models, Shuping Xiong, Asanka S. Rodrigo, and Ravindra S. Goonetilleke

Foot Posture Index and Its Implications for Footwear Selection, Anthony C. Redmond

Scanning and Processing

3D Shape Capture of Human Feet and Shoe Lasts, Carl G. Saunders and Jeffrey Chang

3D Surface Scanning, Sudhakar Rajulu and Brian D. Corner

Three-Dimensional Point Data Processing Techniques, Jianhui Zhao, Yihua Ding, and Ravindra S. Goonetilleke

Footwear Design

Capturing Footwear Needs for Delighting Customers, Emily Y L. Au and Ravindra S. Goonetilleke

Shoe-Last Design and Development, Ameersing Luximon and Yan Luximon

Computer-Aided Design of Footwear, Ajay foneja and Fan Sai Kit

High-Heeled Shoes, Makiko Kouchi

Footbed Design, Ravindra S. Goonetilleke and Thilina W. Weerasinghe

Design of Insoles, T.M. Owings and G. Botek

Design of Custom Shoe Lasts for Challenging Feet, Carl G. Saunders. Claudia Kieserling, and Johan Steenwyk

Finite Element Analysis in Footwear Design, Philip Azariadis

Footwear-The Forgotten Treatment-Clinical Role of Footwear, Helen Branthwaite, Nachiappan Chockalingam, and Aoife Healy


Foot Pressure Measurements, Ewald M. Hennig

Plantar Pressure Analysis, N.L.W Keijsers

Virtual Shoe Test Bed, Sandra Alemany, Jose Olaso, Sergio Puigcerver, and Juan Carlos Gonzalez

Measuring of the Motion Control Properties of Footwear: Assessment of Footwear and Foot Function Should Be Harmonized, Stephen R. Urry, Lloyd F. Reed, and William G. Gordon

Footwear Effects

Footwear Effects on Running Kinematics, Joseph Hamill, Allison H. Gruber, and Ross H. Miller

Footwear Influences on Running Biomechanics, Gordon A. Valiant, Allison R. Medellin, Lorilynn Bloomer, and Sharna M. Clark-Donovan

Effects of Footwear on Muscle Function, George S. Murley and Karl B. Landorf

Postural Stability Measurement: Implications for Footwear Interventions, Anna Lucy Hatton and Keith Rome

Footwear, Balance, and Falls in Older People, Jasmine C. Menant and Stephen R. Lord

Activity-Specific Footwear

Soccer Shoe Design and Its Influence on Player's Performance, Ewald M. Hennig and Katharina Althoff

Footwear for Preventing Acute Sport-Related Ankle Ligamentous Sprain Injury, Daniel Tik-Pui Fong, Kai-Ming Chan, and Kam-Ming Mok

Kinematics Analysis of Walking with Negative-Heeled Shoes in Treadmill,Youlian Hong and Jing Xian Li

Athletic Footwear Research between Industry and Academia, Thorsten Sterzing, Wing Kai Lam, and Jason Tak-Man Cheung


Mass Customization and Footwear, Chenjie Wang and Mitchell M. Tseng

Strategic Capabilities to Implement Mass Customization for Athletic Footwear: The Example of miadidas, Frank Piller, Evalotte Lindgens, and Frank Steiner

selve Model: Custom Shoes in the Twenty-First Century, Claudia Kieserling

Footwear Customization for Manufacturing Sustainability, C.R. Boer and P. Pedrazzoli


About the Editor

Ravindra Stephen Goonetilleke is a Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Kowloon.

About the Series

Human Factors and Ergonomics

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TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety