SME Specific MeasuresCompetitive and Sustainable Growth
Proposal number EXAW-1999-01052
Proposal titleDevelopment of a new type of advanced early walking shoe.
AbstractThe development of new products that incorporate new concepts in children footwear
especially in toddlers is very difficult for the footwear industry. These early years are
critical for children maturation and none or very little research is being doing in the direct
study of design criteria for children footwear. In this project we propose to apply a new
biomechanical concept: to increase the children balance and performance in order to reduce
the risk of falling and tripping and to increase the movement that children can perform.
Criteria will be developed to assess in the design of young children's footwear with the aim
of improve the balance and performance in order to reduce failing and secure a correct
physical and motor maturation of children. For this purpose factors as ankle support, sole
thickness and geometry, antropometrics, slip characteristics, perception of toe cap and back
part, etc. will be studied. The development of design criteria for the manufacturing of
innovative footwear for toddlers will be achieved.
Key ActionGROW-1. Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation
Start date6/07/2000End date6/07/2001
Intended Step 2 projectCooperative Research (CRAFT)Duration Exploratory Phase6 months
SME CoordinatorMr. Leendert STRUIJSCompany sizeS3
PIEDRO VERKOOPORGANISATIE B.V.
Jan v.d. Heijdenstraat 18-20
2665 JA - Bleiswijk