Color Designer, Footwear

Color Designers provide the best color solutions and leads seasonal color directions to meet the needs of a sneaker consumer.

What does a Color Designer do?

Footwear Color Designers focus their creativity, sense of style, and storytelling to provide the best color solutions. They also lead seasonal color directions to meet the needs of a sneaker consumer. They are passionate about elevating the consumer experience through design and execution of color. Their goal is to deliver a premium, recognizable, and consumer relevant point of view. Footwear Color Designers will focus on both the art, science, color theory and materials innovation across multi-season calendars throughout the design, development, and manufacturing process.

How much does this career make?

According to Comparably, Footwear Color Designers make a national average of $58,104 annually or $27.93 an hour in 2021. Moreover, entry-level footwear color designers make around $49,479 annually, with senior-level footwear color designers making $72,369 a year.

What impact does this career have towards the sneaker industry?

Color Designers look to the future greatly. They are in pursuit of ideas and color stories to further elevate a sneaker brand’s story for the consumer experience. In addition, color designers elevate a sneaker model by relating or pushing footwear trends.

What is the job outlook for a Color Designer?

The Footwear market is expected to show a volume growth of 4.0% in 2022. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job growth in the fashion design industry (including Color Designers, Footwear) is projected to grow one percent during the 2018-2028 decade (

Frank Zambrelli, Color Designer FIT Faculty

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Frank Zambrelli
Sneaker Essentials contributor, FIT Faculty

Designer Credits: Chanel, Calvin Klein, Coach

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Men’s Footwear Designer | Women’s Footwear Designer | Kid’s Footwear Designer | Footwear Graphic Designer | Materials Designer | Creative Director, Footwear | Design Engineer | Sneaker Customizer | Athletic Footwear Designer | CAD Engineer, Footwear

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