The city government of Marikina, through its Marikina Shoe Industry Development Office (MASIDO), in partnership with the Marikina Polytechnic College will be holding a course on shoe pattern-making for some 20 enrollees comprising of students, participants from shoe the companies, and interested individuals come September 15 to October 24 from 8:00 am to 12:00 nn at the Marikina Polytechnic College.
The forty-day course is divided into 15 modules that include lectures about footwear history, foot anatomy, materials used for footwear, anatomy of different footwear categories, midsole and bottom components, types of international sizing systems, shoe last, cutting of different patterns, making of court, oxford, derby shoes and sandals, grading of patterns, prototyping, and course graduation.
Course lecturer will be Noel Box, a technical consultant for Treadline Footwear who trained under the Clothing and Footwear Institute of London. Box is also the creator of the “mano-matic” system in footwear manufacturing and one of the creators of the world’s largest pair of shoes which is found in Marikina.
Through development programs, the city is aiming to achieve global competitiveness for its shoe industry.
“This activity is part of the city’s road map to help revitalize our shoe industry. Through shoe development programs such as technical training and integration of international standards, we hope that Marikina will be able to achieve global competitiveness,” said Rene Santillan, officer-in-charge of MASIDO.