A Strategic Approach Towards Form and Design Development of Bikers Shoes for Indian Market

  • Karthikeyan KattaiyaEmail author
  • Vishnupriya Veeraiyan
  • Krishnaraj Kaliappa
  • Chandrasekaran Bangaru
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 134)


Biker’s footwear has always been a high-profile product among the racers. India is the emerging automobile market for high-end motorbikes by a significant number of the modern younger population. The moving body at higher speed against the wind direction causes strain or discomfort to the riders, considering this parameter an attempt was made to impart aerodynamic property in bikers shoe with improved safety and comfort. This paper also attempts to derive the aerodynamic relation between the biker footwear and the motorbikes, and its relevance in form, design and functionality of the product. The forms of footwear were inspired by Biomimicry enthused cars as well as trains. The Computer-aided Industrial Design (CAID) tool was used for modelling the surface development obtained from concept sketches. The four developed models were tested under 3D simulations created by Autodesk flow design software and the improvement in aerodynamic properties was inferred using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis. From the results obtained, Model 4 shows better drag resistance at various attacking angles.


Bikers footwear Leather Design Biomimicry Aerodynamic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karthikeyan Kattaiya
    • 1
    Email author
  • Vishnupriya Veeraiyan
    • 1
  • Krishnaraj Kaliappa
    • 1
  • Chandrasekaran Bangaru
    • 1
  1. 1.CSIR-Central Leather Research InstituteChennaiIndia

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