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Footwear Designer



Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024

Footwear Designer

Location: Boston, MA

Tracksmith is hiring a Footwear Designer to assist in the design process of our footwear lines from concept to production. This role will report to the VP of Product Design and Management.


  • Create footwear designs that align with product briefs and guide them through design, development, and production within project timelines.
  • Develop footwear concepts that embody Tracksmith’s design DNA and brand creative direction.
  • Present and share footwear concepts with product and leadership teams using sketches, ideation, digital and physical prototyping, and visual presentations.
  • Partner with development and factory teams to create tech packs and CADs for prototyping and manufacturing.
  • Deliver seasonal color and material updates for existing footwear styles.
  • Collaborate with development to source seasonal material palettes, emphasizing innovation, performance, and style.
  • Support and participate in product testing.

Footwear Design:

  • 5+ years of footwear design experience.
  • Proficient in design skills such as drawing/sketching, ideation, digital and physical prototyping, and visual presentation.
  • Familiar with the contemporary footwear and running markets.
  • Strong eye for color, material, and graphics.
  • Deep understanding of footwear design, construction, technical and functional applications, and the product development process.
  • Knowledgeable about the footwear industry, including merchandising and marketing principles.
  • Comfortable working in fast paced, flexible, and design/running led environments.

Sport Culture:

  • Keen awareness of the culture and lifestyle surrounding running and other endurance sports.
  • Experience crafting authentic product narratives driven by the culture and community of a sport lifestyle.
  • Ability to leverage storytelling to bring concepts to life.


  • Understanding of the contemporary footwear and apparel market and trends.
  • Passion for styling and outfitting.
  • Knowledge of the lifestyle and performance apparel space and its connection to footwear.
  • Connected to the fashion world and its influence on footwear.


  • Deep understanding of running and other endurance sports.
  • Experience working with competitive athletes.
  • Proven ability to translate athlete insights into meaningful product solutions and innovations that measurably improve athlete performance.


  • Passionate about advancing sports through innovation.
  • Research new technologies, materials, and design tools to drive product innovation for Tracksmith.
  • Strong desire to challenge and disrupt the performance product status quo.
  • Knowledge and experience with advanced manufacturing methods.


  • Well-versed in performance material design and development.
  • Broad knowledge of the footwear material vendor landscape.
  • Strong ability to create material solutions for high-function applications.


If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume to footwear@tracksmith.com.

Due to internet hiring scam attempts, we encourage applicants for open positions listed at Tracksmith to apply through the following site: tracksmith.com/pages/team. All communication with the hiring team at Tracksmith will come directly from a @tracksmith.com email address. Please reach out to careers@tracksmith.com if you have any questions or concerns.