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  • Luke McConnie

    Senior Footwear Designer

    Manchester, United Kingdom

Hi I'm Luke, a dedicated and creatively driven footwear designer with over a decade of experience working within the sporting goods and fashion industry. If I was to sum myself up in 10 simple statements, they would read as follows... - I love to create , it is when I am most happy, I am lucky to do what I do daily. - My best ideas often occur whilst I am in solitude, or, during a run through the forest, I like to be in nature it is when my mind is most free. - I believe things that are acceptable to the masses are generally mediocre, I never settle for mediocre. - I detest loud mouths, know-it-alls and a closed mind mentality. - I like to question the status quo and challenge conventional thinking. I see things from perspectives others do not, I also seek to look at things from others point of view. - I am sometimes guilty of pursuing perfection, I can obsess over the smallest detail, but I know how to get things done. - I attribute curiosity as one of my greatest assets, and look for inspiration in many different places. - I like to help and see others succeed; my ambition is to make a positive and lasting impact on our industry. - Failure has not stopped me from trying again; I’ve learned that sometimes when we lose we can also win. - All of this has allowed me to become the person and designer I am today. Specialties : Creative flair, quick at generating ideas, high-level sketching and rendering skills, able to create and communicate complex technical spec sheets and outsole tech packs, trend forecasting and analysis, commercial awareness, print and pattern design, hand shoe-making experience, colour direction, knowledge of materials and manufacturing, appreciation for shape and proportion

Work Samples

  • Ecco : Intrinsic 2

  • Ecco : Terra Cruise

  • Ecco : Oregon

Work History

  • Senior Footwear Designer

    • Inov-8
    • Kendal, United Kingdom
    • Oct 2016 - Present (1 year 2 months)

    Managing the design and development process, bringing world class, market leading footwear projects to life. Working on a variety of categories including all terrain running, road running and Performance Training.

  • Senior Footwear Designer

    • ECCO Shoes
    • Kolding, Denmark
    • Aug 2014 - Sep 2016 (2 years 1 month)

    Working within the Ecco Sport Design Lab, responsible for the design and development of performance trail running, hiking and outdoor inspired lifestyle footwear.

  • Freelance Footwear Designer

    • McConnie Design
    • Mar 2013 - Jul 2014 (1 year 4 months)

    McConnie Design is a freelance footwear design service, specialising in the sports, lifestyle and fashion sectors. I manage relationships with existing and prospective clients to bring their ideas to life, and oversee all aspects of the design and development process. Quite simply, I love what I do and strive to deliver well crafted and engaging design.

  • Footwear Designer

    • Clarks
    • Street, United Kingdom
    • Mar 2010 - Feb 2013 (2 years 11 months)

    Specialised in Clarks (Sport) outdoor and sailing categories, generating innovative fit-for-purpose designs for global markets and the needs of their target consumer.

  • Footwear Designer

    • Nanny State Shoes
    • 2009 - 2010 (1 year)

    Designed commercial mens footwear ranges for in-house fashion brand Nanny State that addressed consumer, retailer and company needs on a seasonal timeline.

  • Footwear Designer

    • JJB Sports (PLC)
    • 2008 - 2009 (1 year)

    Responsible for designing and developing sports, leisure and outdoor footwear for men and women. Working on in-house and licensed brands including Karrimor, Run365, Travel Fox, Champion and Ellesse.

  • Performance Footwear & Equiptment Designer

    • Umbro International (Nike Inc)
    • May 2005 - Dec 2007 (2 years 7 months)

    Played a key role within the design team responsible for the creation and development of Futsal footwear (indoor soccer), and various soccer accessories. Got my first experience working in the Far-East. Thrived within the team and relished learning different aspects of the design process from the senior designers.

  • Junior Footwear Designer

    • Northern Leather Goods (NLG)
    • Jul 2004 - Apr 2005 (9 months)

    Responsible for designing a diverse variety of products for all genders ranging from kid's wellies to men's hiking boots. Fast paced environment where I got my first experience creating technical spec sheets and liaising with suppliers.

  • Internship

    • J SHOES
    • Aug 2003 - Aug 2003

    During my second year of study at De Montfort, I was fortunate enough to win a design competition amongst my peers to travel to the Far-East to develop my winning range.


  • De Montfort University

    • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Footwear Design
    • 2001 - 2004

    I started my academic career in 2001 at De Montfort University Leicester, gaining a BA Hons degree in Footwear Design. De Montfort gave me an invaluable hands on experience of the shoe making process which included: last making, pattern cutting, machining, shoe constructions and the lasting process.

  • Runshaw College

    • GNVQ Advanced Art & Design
    • 1999 - 2001