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Footwear Impression Evidence: A NIST Scientific Foundation Review

Footwear outsole on the far left and right and the impression created with them in the middle
Credit: Wikimedia Commons

This report reviews the scientific foundations of footwear impression analysis, a forensic technique used to recover and compare footwear marks found at a crime scene. 


Currently seeking potential participants to assist our project team with helping to write the NIST report. (There will also be an opportunity to provide feedback during the public comment period.)


NIST hosted a 4-hour workshop at the 107th IAI Annual Educational Conference in National Harbor, Md., on Friday Aug. 25, 2023. Download a pdf copy of the presentation here: Footwear Impression Evidence IAI W196 Workshop Presentation

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Created September 1, 2023