Winning the Footwear Development Race with SOLIDWORKS Premium.

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Wolverine Worldwide, Inc.

The Company 

Few companies can say that they have the world at their feet, but that's exactly the case at Wolverine Worldwide, Inc. Leveraging a diverse business model that spans 190 countries and various footwear categories, Wolverine has come a long way since G.A. Krause founded the company more than 125 years ago. Today, the Michigan manufacturer produces more than a dozen footwear brands—including well-known names like Hush Puppies®, Merrell®, and Wolverine®—and has grown to become a global enterprise.

Challenge

Accelerate and expand product development while simultaneously increasing innovation and controlling costs.

Solution

Implement SOLIDWORKS Premium design and analysis software to improve product development efficiency.

Results

  • Shortened design cycles by 60 percent
  • Cut development costs by 50 percent
  • Reduced material usage by 50 percent
  • Expanded product line by 200 percent
"We make a lot of models and prototypes of our shoes, and SOLIDWORKS has helped us to make greater use of virtual models.... Overall, we have cut our development costs by 50 percent.”
Chris Petersen
CAD/CAM Manager