New Addition to BLC's Portfolio of Qualified Shoe Fitting Staff

New Addition to BLC's Portfolio of Qualified Shoe Fitting Staff

Recently, Dionne Savage-Belfon, BLC’s Footwear & Leather Technologist, qualified on the Footwear and Fitting Course to become a full society member of The Society of Shoe Fitters, and adding to BLC's portfolio of qualified shoe fitting staff.

 

The highest professional standard

The 5-month footwear and fitting course is the only professionally recognised qualification for shoe fitting in the UK. This qualification allows Dionne to deliver a technical and commercially focused shoe fit service for all types of footwear including children’s, men’s, and women’s. Being trained by the Society of Shoe Fitters means Dionne can perform a professional standard of shoe fitting for BLC customers.

 

“Now I have successfully completed the course I am a full member of The Society of Shoe Fitters, and can use the designated letters M.S.S.F. as my official title. I also have the opportunity to join the society of Shoe Fitters Council.”

 

About the footwear and fitting qualification

By completing the 5-month footwear and fitting course, Dionne has obtained the necessary knowledge about footwear, shoe construction, physiology, and measurements, to offer technical back up and support to BLC customers on how to improve footwear.

 

 “Achieving this qualification extends my prior knowledge of footwear and has helped me become a confident professional shoe fitter. I take pride in delivering a high-quality service to BLC customers by having the right knowledge and skills to fit shoes correctly.”

 

To achieve her qualification, Dionne completed 5 modules including:

  • The history of the footwear industry
  • Anatomy of the foot
  • Lower limbs and problem feet
  • Vital statistics & ingredients of shoes
  • Size scales, measurement, gauges & the tools of the trade and fitting

 

Another vital learning achievement is understanding how materials, activities, style, and construction affect fit and ultimately, the level of consumer satisfaction.

 

BLC Footwear Testing Services

At BLC, we offer a wide range of footwear testing and can test in line with CEN, ISO, and TM standards on footwear.

The BLC footwear testing service comprises of whole shoe, leather, materials, component, and fit assessments. We can also test all men's, women's, and children's footwear.

 

BLC footwear tests include:

 

All Footwear Testing

 

We also carry out several physical tests on footwear including:

  • Sole bond
  • Heel attachment
  • Heel fatigue
  • Flexing
  • Tensile
  • Martindale
  • Veslic rub fastness

 

All Physical Footwear Tests

25 May 2017

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