The 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, anthropometrics, slip characteristics, perception of toecap and back part, etc. will be studied. The development of design criteria for the manufacturing of innovative footwear for toddlers will be achieved.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards