The European Footwear Industry

A handicrafted and yet a contemporary industry...

...full of creativity and design...

...a key part of the fashion industry...

...a key part of the fashion industry...

...constantly adapting to new trends and demographics through advanced techonologies...

...concerned about safety...

...durability and high standards...

...ensuring consumer’s health and comfort...

...respecting the environment...

...delighting consumers with innovative business approaches...

...and always looking ahead and towards differentiation.

Ongoing Projects


LIFE Greenshoes4all - Footwear environmental footprint category rules implementation and innovative green shoes eco-design and recycling


                                                          Programme: LIFE17 ENV/PT/000337

                                                          Duration: October 2018 - September 2022


Objective: To implement and disseminate a Footwear Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) methodology and to develop efficient eco-design, recycling and manufacturing solutions, in order to obtain performing shoes with a lower PEF.


Skills4Smart TCLF Industries 2030 Blueprint - Textile, Clothing, Leather, and Footwear

Programme: Erasmus + (591986-EPP-1-2017-1-BE-EPPKA2-SSA-B)

Duration: January 2018 - December 2021   


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Objective: To enhance the modernisation and competitiveness of the EU Textile, Clothing, Leather, and Footwear (TCLF) sectors through the development of a sustainable upskilling and reskilling strategy, which is supported by a communication campaign to attract social, economic and political actors.


Attracting New Skilled Workforce for Quality Jobs in the European Footwear Sector

Programme: Social Dialogue (VS/2017/0006)

Duration: February 2017 - January 2019         



Objective: To address the recruitment of young workers and define mid-term strategies for attracting, training and hiring them, providing them with the necessary opportunities to obtain quality jobs within the footwear industry.


Digital TCLF 2025 - EU Textile, Clothing, Leather, and Footwear


Programme: Erasmus + (575850-EPP-1-2016-1-BE-EPPKA2-SSA)

Duration: December 2016 - November 2018


                                                         Newsletter 1      Newsletter 2

Objective: To bring updated digital skills to the European textile, clothing, leather and footwear (TCLF) sectors by identifying the skills needed to embrace the digitalisation of industrial production, and increase the competitiveness of European companies.


Fit to Comfort - Skills Alliance for comfort & healthy footwear manufacturing - new qualification programme and innovative training opportunities

Programme: Erasmus + (562333-EPP-1-2015-1- PT-EPPKA2-SSA)

Duration: November 2015 - October 2018 


Objective: To create, pilot, and certify a new qualification profile and corresponding ICT and work-based training to address the identified skills and competences gap in comfort and healthy footwear.


eBIZ Textile, Clothing and Footwear

 A Public private initiative to support e-Business in the fashion industry

Duration: 2008 onwards

Objective: To create a favourable environment for the European textile clothing and footwear industries that stimulates and enables the uptake of ICT and e-Business technologies to harmonize business processes and data exchange architectures and standards, at European or international level, within the textile/clothing and footwear industries.



Making connections and crossing borders with design, craft and manufacturer across Europe

Programme: Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme

Objective: To promote design and innovation through the support of partnerships between Designers and Enterprises (manufacturers, retailers, craftsmen, technology companies) in fashion, textiles, jewellery, footwear, eyewear, furniture, fur, leather industries, from different EU member states to coach them, and showcase the prototypes in specific connected events.