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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 footwear photos and new shoe diagrams.  Chapter 3: Making Footwear Patterns, has been completely reworked. I think you will find it much more useful. You will find more information about shoe construction methods, how shoes are designed, how to manufacture shoes, sports shoe construction, parts of a shoe, and parts of a shoe last.

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 book:
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
How are shoes designed

 

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
How to make a shoe pattern

 

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
Sports shoe construction

 

Chapter 5 : Outsole Tooling Design Footwear outsole types Outsole blue prints and tooling development

Chapter 5 : Outsole Tooling Design
Footwear outsole types
Outsole blueprints 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
Lasting methods of footwear

 

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
How shoes are made in a factory

 

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

Chapter 10 : Outsole Rubber Pressing
Mixing rubber materials
Rubber molds and pressing
How Rubber outsoles are made

 

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
Cementing shoes
Shoemaking equipment

 

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

Chapter 13 : The Shoe Last
Parts of a 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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