R & D Activities

1. Design and Development of Footwear for persons with Diabetes
  • Structured & Designed to meet the needs of a wide target group
  • Diabetic Foot Categorization  based on risk of foot ulceration.
  • Diabetic foot ulcer Risk Theshold Score and Integrated software for prescription footwear
  • Development of PU Elastomeric Sheets for Diabetic Insoles
  • Plantar Pressure off-loading
  • Consensus guidelines on Diabetic Footcare
  • Typing of Diabetic Gait based on lower limb kinetics & kinematics

2. Design and Development of Children’s Shoes

The Children’s feet grow at a rapid rate thus necessitating a frequent change in footwear to accommodate this foot growth.  In order to provide correct fitting shoes for them it is essential to gather reliable foot dimensions of children which is done through a ‘digital capture’ of the foot images.  A novel method of ‘cluster analysis’ leads us to compress the complete children’s size range from Children Size 10 to Adult Size 3 into only 5 Groups which helps in optimizing the size range to be manufactured, accommodates the foot growth in children and also reduces the frequency of footwear change.More Details

3. Development of Comfort Shoes for Men

A ‘comfortable’ and ‘breathable’ shoe for the discerning man who wears shoes for work between 8-12 hours a day is conceptualised. Changes in volume of foot during the day, perspiration inside the shoe and foot comfort are some important characteristics addressed in this SHOE. More Details

4. Studies on comfort properties of garment leathers for apparel application
5. Interfacing design elements with technology for innovative life style products
6. Identification of alternative natural fibres/ man made fibres for enhanced application
7. Material optimization, standardization and productivity enhancement studies
8. Development of smart leather products
9. Ergonomic studies in leather product industries
For Further Information Please Contact

Head, SPDC Division
CLRI, Adyar, Chennai 600 020
Tel.: +91-44-24437218
Email: spdc@clri.res.in