How Shoes are Made: 2017 Update
Originally published in June of 2014, How Shoes are Made, has been continuously corrected, updated and modified. With feedback from our readers, reviewers, editors and friends, we have worked to make this newly updated edition more useful, interesting, and concise. We have made some major updates in formatting and contents. You will find dozens of new photos and new diagrams. Chapter 3: Making Footwear Patterns, has been completely reworked. I think you will find it much more useful .
If you have a copy of the original or second edition you will notice that the chapters on importing shoes and starting a new shoe company have been removed. These chapters have been expanded into a completely new book, How to Start a New Shoe Company, which is now available on the SneakerFactory.com website and Amazon.com. We have put many hours into these improvements and we hope you will enjoy them!
How Shoes are Made: Table of Contents
Chapter 1 : The Shoe Design Process
Two types of design briefs
Get started drawing shoes
Chapter 2 : Footwear Specification Drawings
How to make a factory ready specification drawing
What to include in a specification
Chapter 3 : Making Footwear Patterns
Shoe designer vs. pattern maker
The pattern maker’s challenge
Chapter 4 : Shoe Specification Documents
Parts of a shoe spec
How to detail a spec sheet
Chapter 5 : Outsole Tooling Design
Footwear outsole types
Outsole blue prints and tooling development
Chapter 6 : Footwear Development Process
Footwear sample making
Development samples phases
Chapter 7 : Footwear Pre-Production
Chapter 8 : Shoe Material Preparation
Logo printing and preparations
Chapter 9 : Upper Stitching Operations
The stitching room
Stitching order of operations
Chapter 10 : Outsole Rubber Pressing
Mixing rubber materials
Rubber molds and pressing
What is EVA made of?
EVA pressing operations
Chapter 13 : The Shoe Last
Shoe last shapes
How lasts are made
Chapter 14 : Footwear Costing
Where does the money go?
Reading a factory cost sheet
Chapter 15 : Logo Design for Shoes
What is the right logo for your shoe?
Shoe logo constructions
Chapter 16 :Leather for Shoes
Common leather for shoes
Chapter 17 : Textiles for Shoes
Backing and surface treatments
Chapter 18 : Synthetics for Shoes
Application on shoes
Chapter 19 : Foam for Shoes
Foam types, open vs closed
Foam compounds, densities and use in shoes
Chapter 20 : Know Your Footbeds
Material types for shoes
Chapter 21 : Footwear Material Suppliers
Working with material suppliers
List of top shoe material suppliers
Chapter 22 : Shoe Designers Tools
The Pantone™ color system
Common tools of the trade
Chapter 23 : Jobs in the Shoe Trades
Getting started in the trades
There is a job for you
Chapter 24 : Footwear Quality Control
How to grade shoe quality?
Standard shoe inspection procedure
Chapter 25 : Life at a Shoe Factory
Look inside a real factory
Chapter 26 : Shoe Making Dictionary
Shoe making terms you should know
Shoe parts diagram
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