Slem, which stands for “shoes leather education museum,” is opening up in Waalwijk, Netherlands. The nonprofit initiative, which has been spearheaded by the Dutch design studio of Nicoline van Enter, will offer specialized workshops, courses and seminars for footwear students and professionals to help them develop new skills in footwear development. The center will collaborate with other schools and research facilities worldwide, and its goal is to be a resource for information and advice for footwear designers and developers. The final website is still under construction, but some information is available at the center's blog, For example, a master class in industrial footwear design will begin in September. Also on the blog is the first issue of SLEM magazine, featuring footwear trends for fall/winter 2013-14. The magazine is available for download for €15. Slem will offer its new workshop schedule in April.