Shoe Constructor


Minimum 10th standard

Minimum 4-5 years of relevant work experience

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

Making complete footwear, mainly of leather, for customers with foot or leg deformities

Studying drawings and specifications to make footwear as per customersrequirement

Selecting leather and getting special last made to suit necessity, if required

Preparing patterns, choosing materials and cuts out parts by hand as per patterns made

Thinning edge of parts of upper by cutting or shaving

Taking plaster casts of deformed leg or foot to prepare drawings

Proficient in pressing and bending parts into shape, gluing lining to leather parts and sewing them together

Well-versed with studying drawings and other specifications or taking necessary measurements to make footwear according to customer?s need

Knowledge of punching eyelet holes and inserts eyelets

Adept with tacking insole to last, pulling upper on to last to give it required shape and checking alignment of toe and heel of upper

Skilled in building up sole where required, folding bottom of upper over edge of insole or built-up middle sole, fixing them together and fixing outer sole to upper

Knowledge of building up and fixing the heel

Proficient in trimming and smoothening where necessary, applying inked wax stain or paint where required, inserting thin inner sole and gives final finish

Adept with ornamental nicking

Skilled in taking plaster casts of deformed leg or foot and preparing drawings

Knowledge of using prepared uppers with necessary modifications

Knowledge of orthopaedic problems and solutions

Knowledge of materials that are suitable for orthopaedics shoes

Knowledge of special last used for making orthopaedic shoes

Will be updated

Good hand-eye coordination

Accuracy of work

Fair judgment about shoe construction

Managerial skills

Good vision

Depth perception

Manual dexterity

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 includeriskofinjuringfingersandbody,fatigue,electricalshock,respiratoryproblems,skinallergies,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