Footwear Designer & Developer

Lems Shoes k

Boulder, CO

Oct 3
Job Description

Lems shoes is a young company located in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. We specialize in minimalist and forward thinking footwear for the outdoors. We were founded in 2011 and are privately owned and operated with a small team of just 9 people. Our first shoes were inspired by the barefoot concept with a wide toebox and fully flexible outsole. But now we're taking what we've learned about minimalist footwear and moving forward into a new era by designing a line of footwear that takes influences from streetwear and fuses it with the outdoors to target a new category in the outdoor lifestyle market.

We're looking for someone that will be a critical member in our small but growing team. This job requires at least 8+ years experience in footwear design and development. You must have experience in building shoes from initial sketch all the way to the final production. This position requires the ability to build an entire line by working closely with the Lems senior product developer. You must be able to quickly produce footwear sketches, color spec sheets, tech packs, and outsole blueprints. Please do not respond to this unless you have ALL the necessary requirements.

This position is for a full-time salaried employee that will relocate to Boulder, Colorado. However, we are also accepting applications from consultants that already have a advanced experience in building footwear.

-Collaborate with the senior footwear developer to develop a line of footwear that compliments the current line and propels the brand forward
-Build and implement a development calendar
-Create and manage timely execution of tech/design packages ensuring all level of detail is accurate
-Communicate effectively with Asian factories, which requires working many late hours and responsiveness during the overseas business hours
-Travel to Asian factories up to 4 times per year.
-Create attractive colorways and make detailed spec sheets that follow our brand color palette
-Control material costing and negotiate price to hit target price
-Oversee all aspects to build footwear and deliver it to the marketplace

-8+ years footwear design AND development experience
-Expert ability to create technical footwear drawings, and demonstrate knowledge of current trends
-Understanding of Last Design and all the critical points of fit
-Excellent understanding of pattern making
-Expert ability to make clear and accurate adjustments to pullovers
-Expert ability to make detailed technical blueprints of bottom units
-Expert ability to select color palettes and produce detailed color specs

**Do not reply to this post if you don't possess ALL the qualifications for this job. You must have experience in designing and building footwear and seeing it all the way through production

Application Details

Send an email with the subject "Footwear Designer/Developer" including a cover letter, your resume and a link to your online portfolio to aj@lemsshoes.com. For questions you can call Andrew at 724-977-3692.

NOTE: International candidates must hold a valid US working permit.

Lems Shoes

Lems Shoes’ philosophy is simple – less is more. Instead of spending time trying to develop the next footwear fad, we dedicate ourselves to creating sustainable shoes that consider the foot above all else. All of our products are flat, flexible, and fit the natural shape of the human foot.