Tomas Bata University in Zlín

Footwear Research Centre


Design and shoe construction

  • Innovative shoe design
  • Design for healthy feet
  • Smart and 3D design
  • Individual footwear production
  • The issue of musculoskeletal development
  • Database

Combining the latest design trends, years of experience in the shoemaking industry and cutting-edge materials will bring a new style of footwear. It is the connection of talented designers, developers and footwear companies that aims to create unique design shoes that will place great emphasis on eco-friendly, comfort, health and customized production.

Accredited shoe testing laboratory

  • Modern technical equipment
  • Many years of experience in footwear business
  • Accreditation of Shoe Testing Laboratory according to ČSN EN ISO / IEC 17025: 2018

The Shoe Testing Laboratory is a part of the Footwear Research Centre with a worldwide scope for researching and testing footwear materials, technology and design. The centre will offer a wide range of services not only to world-renowned brands, but also to start-up entrepreneurs in this area.

Advanced materials and technologies

  • Materials for anatomical support
  • Smart materials for healthy comfort
  • Skin friendly materials
  • Materials for very light footwear
  • Materials for practical comfort
  • Waterproof and breathable materials
  • Antibacterial, anti-odor, absorbent and drying materials
  • Gel systems for cooling and damping
  • Recycled and biodegradable materials and their utilization
  • Elastically adaptable materials
  • Stimulating and anti-slip materials
  • Natural materials for better comfort
  • Filaments for 3D prints
  • Energy materials, high-tech materials

In the area of technology, the center will focus on the development and research of new materials for the shoe industry, especially in the areas of 3D and 4D technologies, hi-tech materials and smart innovations. All innovations will correspond to the latest trends in footwear and imply an eco-friendly emphasis on the product and the manufacturing process itself.

Faculties and departments