LIFE GreenShoes4All: Through Ecodesign, Environmental Footprint Calculation and Recycling

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 15:29English
On 1st June 2022, the LIFE GreenShoes4All project organised an online conference in the framework of the EU Green Week. The event was a valuable opportunity to share with more than 100 participants, many of them companies, the latest results of the project, including the achievements in terms of economic savings of the companies participating in the project, as well as the project alignment with the ongoing EU green transition. Carmen Arias from the European Footwear Confederation (CEC) began the webinar by introducing the audience to the current EU legislative framework in terms of circularity, recyclability and sustainability. Her excursus started with the launch of the EU Green Deal in December 2019. Then, she passed to the package of proposals under the Circular Economy Action Plan adopted by the European Commission in March 2022 that includes relevant elements impacting the footwear sector such as the Sustainable Product Initiative regulating the future Digital Product Passport, the EU Textile Strategy and the Directive “Empowering Consumers for the Green Transition” tackling greenwashing. Finally, she introduced some EC adoptions foreseen in the coming months, for example the review of the REACH regulation and the proposals targeting plastics.

FASHN ROOMS opens Additional(s) rooms

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - 15:42English
Düsseldorf becomes the perfect stage: FASHION, ADDITIONALS & GREEN ROOM presented under one roof Inspiration & Innovation with practical added value for exhibitors and retailers Experience, discover, combine. In a world where almost everything is available at the touch of a button, inspiring products and concepts are in high demand. Physical retail only stands a chance against online providers with an exciting mix, surprising products and an appealing presentation. What counts are those unexpected, individual items – after all, this is precisely what makes for a store full of ideas. Ways out of uniformity towards more diversity and the perfect mix of product, emotion and experience will be offered by the Düsseldorf order show FASHN ROOMS, held from 23 to 25 July 2022. FASHN ROOMS is known for its high-quality selection of German and international brands from the fashion, footwear and accessories segments.

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.