Shoe-last design innovation for better shoe fitting

Ameersing Luximon, Yan Luximon

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Shoe-last, a 3D mould used for making footwear, influence the shape, size and fitting of footwear. Current shoe-last design software has focused mainly on reverse engineering of existing shoe-last and modification. Shoe-last designers have generally preferred to design the shoe-last manually due to limitations of design software. In order to solve these problems, a new software based on CATIA platform was developed. The shoe-last model is based on foot shape measurement data and foot biomechanics. Using the existing shoe-last design standards and the sections from existing shoe-lasts, design tables and relationship equations enables the design of shoe-last with different toe type, heel height and custom shoe-last. The design includes comfort and fit aspects as well as design aspect, therefore enables design of aesthetical comfortable shoes. Since the design can be modified instantaneously, the designers could visualize design changes leading to a reduction in shoe-last design cycle.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-628
Number of pages8
JournalComputers in Industry
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2009


  • CAD
  • Fitting
  • Foot
  • Footwear
  • Shoe-last

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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