The utilization of footwear impression evidence continues to evolve with new materials, equipment and techniques, providing an increased ability to detect, record, enhance, and examine this form of evidence. Recently developed technology now allows investigators to more efficiently or, in some cases, instantly link multiple crime scenes where impressions have been produced by the same perpetrator.

Forensic Footwear Evidence covers a wide range of relevant topics, including historical references, general information about the formation and investigative use of footwear impressions, and the best practices and considerations that apply to the recovery, enhancement, and examination of this evidence. Drawing on the author’s 44 years of acquired knowledge and experience, it is the most comprehensive and authoritative text published to date on this topic. Highlighted topics covered within the book include

  • Three chapters covering footwear manufacturing
  • Shoe grading, sizing, and the forensic application of sizing information
  • Examination and reporting procedures
  • Casting impressions in snow
  • Barefoot evidence
  • Topics of interest for both prosecution and defense attorneys

The book includes more than 300 color photographs and illustrations throughout, as well as case examples that apply theoretical concepts to the real world. A single, complete reference on the subject, Forensic Footwear Evidence presents a wide range wealth of information that will serve as an invaluable reference to novice and experienced examiners, crime scene technicians, investigators, and prosecution and defense counselors alike.

chapter 2|29 pages

Photographing Footwear Evidence

chapter 3|23 pages

Casting Three-Dimensional Impressions

chapter 4|18 pages

Recovering Impressions in Snow

chapter 6|13 pages

Blunt Force Pattern Injuries

chapter 8|20 pages

Sizing Feet and Footwear

chapter 9|23 pages


Producing and Texturing Molds

chapter 10|30 pages


Molding Processes and Modification of Outsoles

chapter 11|20 pages


Cutting Outsoles from Sheet Stock

chapter 12|21 pages

Outsole Design and Dimension

chapter 13|19 pages

Evaluation of General Wear

chapter 14|17 pages

Randomly Acquired Characteristics

chapter 17|16 pages

Written Reports and Court Testimony

chapter 18|31 pages

Impressions of the Foot

chapter 19|11 pages

Some Case Examples

chapter 20|10 pages

Topics Regarding Prosecution and the Defense

chapter 21|16 pages