Shoemaker, General

Shoe Constructor

Minimum 10thstatndard

Minimum 4-5 years of relevant work experience

The tasks a Shoemaker, Hand is expected to perform include:

Making complete shoe or other footwear mainly of leather for each individual customer

Taking measurement of customer?s feet and studying design of shoe or footwear to be made

Selecting and estimating material required for making different components such as upper, lining, sole, etc

Marking leather components with patterns and cutting them with knife (rapi) ensuring accuracy and minimum wastage

Punching eyelet holes and inserting eyelets in position

Lacing the shoes by hand or by machine

Giving finishing touches after the shoe is complete

Checking each pair of shoes after completion for uniformity and defects

Proficient in skiving leather edges with skiving knife to reduce thickness of different sections to be joined together

Adept in preparing and carefully applying cementing solution by brush at skived portion for joining, taking care not to splash solution on leather surface while joining

Knowledge of gluing lining to leather parts and sews sole,upper and other components by hand or sewing machine

Proficient in punching eyelet holes and inserting eyelets in position, for lacing, by hand or machine

Skilled in rolling and pulling upper on last, nailing it, keeping perfect alignment of toe and heel and shaping it according to pattern by light hammering and stretching

Proficient in sorting out twists and applying wax on thread to make it stronger

Adept with stitching sole and other portions using awl and waxes thread

Knowledge of cutting and preparing heel and attaching it to sole by nailing

Adept with trimming and finishing edges of shoe using knife (rapi) and glass piece

Skilled in cutting and fixing thin inner-sole with glue

Knowledge of applying colour or polish and giving finishing touches to shoes

Proficient in checking each pair of completed shoe for uniformity, rectifying defects, if any and putting them on lasts for retention of shape and form

Will be updated

Good hand-eye coordination

Accuracy of work

Fair judgment about shoe construction

Managerial skills

Good vision

Depth perception

Manual Ddexterity

It is a desk job but one needs to be on their toes

May need to handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Factories usually work for 6 days a week for 8 hours everyday. This may vary from factory to factory

Being self-employed is an option. In this case working hours and working days will be flexible

Shift system is available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL), Both Leg (BL) and those who have Hearing Impaired (HH)

The job is not listed as hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

Health hazards include exposure to glue and adhesives, chemicals, etc.

Occupational hazards include risk of injuring fingers and body, fatigue, electrical shock, respiratory problems, skin allergies, etc.

For freshers - INR 7,000 to INR 7,500 per month

For candidates with 1-2 years of experience or more - INR 8,000 to INR 9,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Current Trend and Future Growth of Leather Sector in India

The leather industry in India produces approx. 1055 billion worth of leather in various forms. Out of this, 661 billion (62%) is consumed domestically and the remaining is exported (37%). This share of consumption and export is estimated to change and in 2020 India will account for 1.4 trillion (59.1%) worth of domestic consumption and earn 673 billion (40.9%) worth from exports.

Organized retail is expected to grow at a CAGR of 25% to reach USD 200 Billion by 2020.

Demand growth for leather goods is expected from footwear, bags, purses, furniture etc. all driven by the Indian consumption boom. Penetration of export markets is expected to rise in the wake of increased sourcing by global retail majors and luxury brands. Key segments for human resource development in the industry include finished leather, leather footwear and leather goods.

India is the second largest global maker of footwear after China, accounting for 13% of global footwear production of 16 billion pairs. India produces 2065 million pairs of footwear, of which about 115 million pairs are exported. The major production centres in India are Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Mumbai, Kanpur, Kolkata, etc.

The sector currently employs over 3.09 million employees and is slated to employ more than 6.8 million employees by 2022. This implies additional creation of approx. 3.7 million jobs in the nine-year period. The leather footwear segment currently employs 0.78 million people and is expected to employ 1.44 million people by 2020. This will result in an incremental growth of around 0.66 million jobs. All these factors will result in more job opportunities for candidates applying in this sector across India.

Leather footwear manufacturing factories across India

Leather footwear manufacturing factories across India

Will be updated

Footwear Design & Development Institute, Noida

Central Footwear Training Institute, Chennai & Agra

Government Leather Technology College, Kolkata


Net Services India Pvt Ltd

IL&FS Skills Development Corporation Ltd

Indian Institute of Leather Products (IILP)KILT, Karnataka

Central Institute of Vocational Education

Mirams Training Services India Pvt Ltd