How Shoes are Made: 2017 Update

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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 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 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 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 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 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 6 : Footwear Development Process

Footwear sample making
Development samples phases

Chapter 7 : Footwear Pre-Production Production size grade Production cutting equipment

Chapter 7 : Footwear Pre-Production

Production size grade
Production cutting equipment

Chapter 8 : SHOE Material Preparation Material cutting Logo printing and preparations

Chapter 8 : Shoe Material Preparation

Material cutting
Logo printing and preparations

Chapter 9 : Upper Stitching Operations The stitching room Stitching order of operations

Chapter 9 : Upper Stitching Operations

The stitching room
Stitching order of operations

Chapter 10 : outSOle Rubber Pressing Mixing rubber materials Rubber molds and pressing

Chapter 10 : Outsole Rubber Pressing

Mixing rubber materials
Rubber molds and pressing

Chapter 11 : EVA midsole Forming1 What is EVA made of? EVA pressing operations

Chapter 11 : EVA midsole Forming

What is EVA made of?
EVA pressing operations

Chapter 12 : The shoe Assembly Line Cold cement shoe construction Vulcanized shoe construction

 

Chapter 12 : The Shoe Assembly Line
Cold cement shoe construction
Vulcanized shoe construction

Chapter 13 : The Shoe Last Shoe last shapes How lasts are made

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 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 15 : Logo Design for Shoes
What is the right logo for your shoe?
Shoe logo constructions

Chapter 16 :Leather for Shoes Leather basics Common leather for shoes

Chapter 16 :Leather for Shoes

Leather basics
Common leather for shoes

Chapter 17 : Textiles for Shoes Fabric weaves Backing and surface treatments

Chapter 17 : Textiles for Shoes

Fabric weaves
Backing and surface treatments

Chapter 18 : Synthetics for Shoes Synthetic types Application on shoes

 

Chapter 18 : Synthetics for Shoes
Synthetic types
Application on shoes

Chapter 19 : Foam for Shoes Foam types, open vs closed Foam compounds, densities and use in shoes

Chapter 19 : Foam for Shoes

Foam types, open vs closed
Foam compounds, densities and use in shoes

Chapter 20 : Know Your Footbeds Footbed parts Material types for shoes

Chapter 20 : Know Your Footbeds

Footbed parts
Material types for shoes

Chapter 21 : Footwear Material Suppliers Working with material suppliers List of top shoe material suppliers

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 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 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 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 Working conditions

Chapter 25 : Life at a Shoe Factory

Look inside a real factory
Working conditions

Chapter 26 : Shoe Making Dictionary Shoe making terms you should know Shoe parts diagram

Chapter 26 : Shoe Making Dictionary
Shoe making terms you should know
Shoe parts diagram

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Table of Contents:

The Design Process, Shoe Development, Shoe Patterns, Shoe Specifications, Outsole Tooling, Development Process, Pre-Production, Material Preparation, Stitching Operations, Rubber Pressing, EVA Forming, The Assembly Line, The Shoe Last, Footwear Costing, Importing Shoes, Shoe Logo Design, Leather for Shoes, Textiles for Shoes ,Synthetics for Shoes,  Foam for Shoes, Know Your Footbeds, Material Suppliers, Shoe Designers Tools, Jobs in the Shoe Trade ,Quality Control, Starting a Shoe Company, Life at a Shoe Factory, Shoe Making Dictionary

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