C.E.C. Digital FabLab: Making the Best of AR’s Added Value in Footwear Production Training

Monday, May 9, 2022 - 18:01English
Last month, the international consortium of the Erasmus+ Digital FabLab had the opportunity to meet face-to-face in Politecnico Calzaturiero, Italy, to assess the project outcomes and next steps on the development of an innovative methodology of learning by doing in footwear production through the use of Augmented Reality (AR). In this occasion, the partners from Belgium, Cyprus, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and Spain focused on the Joint Virtual Shoe FabLab and corresponding content in AR.

DiaSHOE: How to improve the knowledge and skills on Diabetic Foot Control?

Monday, April 25, 2022 - 21:30English
Diabetes represents a global disease that preoccupies millions of individuals worldwide. Just in Europe, there are about 60 million people suffering from diabetes, which is strikingly around 8% of the European population. Many patients struggling with the condition also risk developing various complications. A very common one is the so-called Diabetic Foot Syndrome (DFS), which is closely linked to the use of inappropriate footwear. Therefore, it is important that the relevant implicated stakeholders, such as footwear designers and technicians, shop assistants, healthcare workers, caregivers, patients and their families have the necessary knowledge and skills to produce appropriate footwear, advice and assist diabetic patients.


Tuesday, April 5, 2022 - 14:23English
50 brands represent the best in Italian fashion It’s almost time for La Moda Italiana@Almaty, organised by Assocalzaturifici in partnership with the Italian fashion industry association EMI, Ente Moda Italia, with the support of the Italian Embassy and the practical assistance of ITA Agency, and in collaboration with the Italian Furriers’ Association AIP and the Italian leather goods association Assopellettieri.

SHOEGAME: Discovering the Footwear Industry though Serious Games

Monday, April 4, 2022 - 13:39English
Like a pair of old shoes, Europe’s footwear industry is aging. The sector, while an example of European excellence and economic success, faces two main challenges, namely an aging workforce and a lack of attractiveness of the sector for younger generations based on misconceptions from the past. In their constant efforts to promote the European footwear industry and attract newcomers, the European Footwear Confederation and a group of European experts launched virtually last week the Erasmus+ SHOEGAME project, “Developing Key Competencies in VET for the Footwear Industry through Serious Games”, based on the development and implementation of a serious game. With such an innovative and fun educational approach that also considers the upgrade of curricula with environmental and digital skills, children and new VET students can learn about the occupations but also values of the footwear industry. In this way, it is expected that the SHOEGAME will equip younger generations with soft and transversal skills, particularly with environmental, digital and technological skills.

Sixth International Footwear Forum A Resilient, Agile and Innovative Footwear Industry thanks to Global Cooperation

Thursday, March 24, 2022 - 15:40English
This week, the European Footwear Confederation (CEC) hosted the sixth edition of the International Footwear Forum (IFF). Launched in 2014 during the World Footwear Congress in Mexico, the IFF aims at sustaining a regular and structured dialogue where delegates from worldwide footwear associations and chambers can openly discuss the experiences faced by their companies and their dialogue with their national administrations, as well as identify joint initiatives and promote international cooperation. The event this year was once more held online due to the Covid-19 restrictions still impacting several areas of the globe. Nevertheless, the attendance met the expectations and representatives from 25 countries around the world exchanged views on the current state of global footwear trade.

SHOES DÜSSELDORF sends a Clear Message!

Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 08:47English
The sector came together in Düsseldorf. This brief statement in fact aptly sums up the industry event under its new name ‘SHOES DÜSSELDORF’ – because all important buyers were on site meeting with over 600 footwear brands and featuring all relevant brands from Europe (among others from Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Turkey). Add to this the near perfect organisation care of the host Igedo Company once again demonstrating how both practical (short distances) and inspiring (atmosphere and open-plan, inviting stand construction) professional trade fairs can be nowadays. Top this off with the well-known atmosphere of Areal Böhler, which provided the right backdrop for a more than satisfactory trade fair in bright sunshine.

C.E.C. Facilitating the modernisation of TCLF VET providers promoting Excellence

Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 08:38English
On the 2nd of March, 2022, the members of the European Network of TCLF VET providers promoting Excellence met virtually again to learn about the different tools and materials available by the partners of the Erasmus+ Skills4Smart TCLF industries 2030 Blueprint (S4TCLF) to promote their growth and modernisation. The Network, one of the project outcomes, consists so far of 31 European Vocational and Training (VET) institutions to collaborate towards the modernisation and excellence in TCLF VET, in order to better support TCLF industry needs and to attract young people to studies and professional careers in Textile, Clothing, Leather and Footwear (TCLF). For that purpose, they plan the implementation of ambitious joint actions and exchanges of best practices with the support of the Blueprint project partners.


Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 08:18English
The events confirm their importance as a unique business and training platform Over the five-day period, a total of 29,468 trade visitors from both Italy and abroad attended the four trade-fairs dedicated to fashion and accessories. MICAM, the International Footwear Exhibition, MIPEL, the event dedicated to leather goods and fashion accessories,


Monday, March 7, 2022 - 19:51English
The footwear trade-fair goes green with a dedicated area, new certification mark, and a robust awareness-raising activity aimed at the footwear industry Sustainability is no longer just a wish, or an achievement to aim for: it is increasingly the starting point for footwear industries investing in research to guarantee high standards of sustainability for their production processes. Shoes have become a symbol of this success, combining creativity, innovative technique and style with a focus on sustainable quality. In light of the intense interest surrounding the subject, MICAM Milano, the international footwear show to be held shortly at Fiera Milano Rho from March 13 - 15, 2022, is ready to play its part with a number of initiatives centring around social and environmental sustainability in manufacturing: these include a special exhibition area in perfect MICAM style - the MICAM Green Zone, which will be a wellspring of new ideas and provide a promotional opportunity for numerous enterprises.