The Shoe Material Design Guide – Our newest book!!

Do you want to be a professional shoe designer? You must learn how to select and specify shoe materials correctly. Our newest book, The Shoe Material Design Guide, details all the shoe materials you will need to make modern athletic, classic casuals, and high fashion footwear.

Each chapter covers a specific shoe material type. You will learn how each material is made, the options available, and how to specify the material correctly. We have chapters on shoe leather, textiles, synthetics, shoelaces, glue, reinforcements, hardware, logos, midsoles, outsoles, and more!

We have included annotated cross sections of over 30 different shoe types. You can see exactly how each material is used inside real production shoes. Look inside basketball shoes, running shoes, track spikes, hiking boots, work boots, high heels, cowboy boots and many more!

You will also find information on topics such as material testing, sustainable production, exotic materials and more. Written as a companion to our best selling How Shoes Are Made, The Shoe Material Design Guide digs deep into the world of footwear materials and design. Softcover, 330 color photos,  28 chapters, 195 pages.

The Shoe Material Design Guide

Chapter 1: Leather for footwear

How leather is made and how to use leather in your shoe designs

Chapter 2: Textiles for Shoes

Fabric options for footwear

Chapter 3: Synthetics for shoes

Man-made materials for the modern shoe

Chapter 4: Shoe Stitching Thread

Thread and stitching hold it all together

Chapter 5: Footwear Reinforcements

How to create, support, and fix the shape of shoes

Chapter 6: Shoelaces

Options for shoe closure systems

Chapter 7: Shoe glue

The use and application of adhesives in shoes

Chapter 8: Hardware for shoes

Metal and plastic parts for shoes

Chapter 9: Logo applications for shoes

Techniques for branding shoes

Chapter 10: Foam for shoes

How to specify foam

Chapter 11: Midsole cushioning systems

A review of 14 different midsole types

Chapter 12: Outsoles for footwear

A study of 8 different outsole constructions

Chapter 13: Waterproof constructions

An overview of waterproof construction techniques

Chapter 14: Footbeds

Picking the right footbed, ten options to study

Chapter 15: Webbing For Shoes

Options and uses of webbing

Chapter 16: Plastic parts

A quick study of plastic molding for shoe parts

Chapter 17: Packing boxes

How to design and specify packing materials for shoes

Chapter 18: Shoe material specifications

How to create a footwear specification

Chapter 19: Shoe material testing

Testing requirements for shoe and shoe materials

Chapter 20: Local market shoe materials

Using locally available stock materials

Chapter 21: Material vendor relations

How to get the most from your material vendors

Chapter 22: Material costing and consumption

How to calculate the cost of shoe components

Chapter 23: Shoe material supply chain

The challenges of sourcing footwear materials

Chapter 24: Exotic and illegal materials

How to know if rare materials are safe and legal to use

Chapter 25: Building a shoe material library

Tips and techniques for collecting material swatch books

Chapter 26: Sustainable shoe production

How to reduce the environmental impact of your shoes

Chapter 27: Shoe dissections

Cross section views of popular shoe styles

Chapter 28: Shoe material vendor list

Where to find top quality shoe materials

Learn more about making shoes:

Footwear design book Free PFD Shoe Design Book DownloadDo you want to learn how big brands make shoes?  Now you can!  How Shoes are Made will show you how modern shoes come to life! More than just a tour through a sneaker factory and more than your average shoe making book!  From drawing shoe designs to sample development and footwear manufacturing, you will learn how it is all done. Written by veteran shoemaking pros, How Shoes are Made will give you a look inside the REAL world of shoe design, development, and mass production. 220 pages with over 400 color photos and drawings. 26 chapters explaining shoe design, footwear pattern making, sample development, footwear materials selection, upper stitching, outsole and tooling design, shoe lasts, shoe costing, quality inspections, starting you own shoe brand, and much more!  A must read for young shoe designers, sneaker heads, or any footwear fanatic! Over 2500 copies sold! Read in 60 Countries! See Preview Video On YouTube

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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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Print Edition, 250 Pages with over 400 color photos and drawings.

Print edition 330 color photos,  28 Chapters, 195 Pages order today!

Print Edition, 220 pages with over 400 color photos and drawings.

Shoe Designers

Two PFD E-books, paper pattern and Blue Print. Download Now!

Two softcover books, paper pattern and Blue Print. Free downloads included!

The triple download of all three Sneaker Factory publications.

Start-up your Own Shoe Company

E-Book edition 170 pages. Profit margin and Size run calculators. Download Now!

A must have for anyone serious about launching a new footwear company!

A must have for anyone serious about launching a new footwear company!

Shoemaking Tools

Entire pattern size run for the Arris classic trainer, Men’s US 7-13 (Euro 39-47)

Shoe last measuring step. Measures last heel lift from 1cm to 11.5 cm.

24 inch tape specifically designed for measuring shoe lasts.

A complete technical specification, drawings, blueprint, pattern and spec.

Great for checking leathers and synthetic materials. Features adjustable dial.

Beaked pincers with built in hammer face. For shoe lasting and sole nailing.

Ready to Print! Men's size 9 last. The .STL file can be scaled in X, Y and Z.

Try the first 3 chapters for Just $3 bucks! With discount code good of $5.00 off!

Great for DIY Shoemaking. This casual rubber outsole is durable, comfortable, and easy to work with.


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