The Designers Shoe Specification Drawings

The Designers Shoe Specification Drawings

Once a new  shoe design has been approved for development the shoe designer and developer will work together create a detailed a set of specification drawings or “tech pack” or  “specs”.   The shoe technical drawings may be done by the designer alone but often a developer will fill in the technical details.   These drawings and documents detail every part of the sneaker from the upper to the outsole bottom.  The line item specifications include the name of each part, the material, material vendor, thickness and color reference.  The Spec includes the shoe last information, logo art, design details, emboss effects etc.  The spec may also include sample shoes, material swatches, photos or any other notes to help build the samples.  You can see a complete line item shoe specification here.

The Spec drawings and line item spec may be e-mailed, sent by courier service, or hand carried by the developer to the factory.  At this point in the process, the shoe developer is responsible for getting the sample sneakers built.

A complete shoe specification drawing will contain the following items:

running shoe specificationLateral View (outside of the Shoe)
Medial View (inside of the shoe)
Heel View (view from the back)
Tongue View (showing any logo art)
Vamp View (looking down on the toe)
Detail views of any small plastic parts
Material Map of the upper
Color map of the first sample colorway to be made.
Outsole Side Profile
Outsole Bottom View
Outsole Top net View
Detailed view of injection parts
Cross section view of the sole
Diagram of Internal parts
Diagram of Internal reinforcements
Color map showing future plans for color breaks

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