Not a shoe designer but critical to getting the shoes made. It’s the footwear developers job is to take a nice drawing and make it into a real shoe you can wear on your feet. The shoe developer is the guy that writes the technical specifications, checks the blue prints, and communicates with the shoe factory.
The shoe developers job is to get the shoe made and keep the free thinking designers from making a beautiful shoe that is cruel to wear. Footwear developers are the shoe prototype engineers and schedule keepers. To be a shoe developer you may start as a designer, an intern or assistant. Be ready to travel!