Welcome. I’m Wade, “The Shoe Dog.“
I have worked in the shoe trades for more than 25 years as a Designer, Developer, Product Line Manager, Development Group Manager, Advanced Projects Group Manager, Buyer, and Sourcing Manager. I have experience working on casual, brown shoes, sandals, snowboarding boots, and sports shoes for running, skating, biking, hunting, hiking, etc. I also have extensive experience designing and developing soft goods and hard goods for action sports including golf, baseball, wakeboarding, snowboarding, and kiteboarding to name a few. I have lived in the Far East and traveled extensively in China, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, etc. My home is in California with my wife, two teenage boys, and two dogs.
I created The Sneaker Factory website in 2004 and began writing shoemaking books and selling shoemaking supplies in 2012. My vision is to share with other aspiring shoemakers all the materials and information I wish were available to me when I was starting out.
Enjoy the content and feel free to reach out to let me know your questions, comments, and biggest shoe making challenges so I can continually improve the information and courses we offer at SneakerFactory.net
Are you in need of shoemaking classes or private consulting? We offer various services and have contacts in design, development, manufacturing, QC, importing, and marketing in both the USA and abroad.
Are you a teacher or involved in a shoe school? Please contact us for bulk order discounts for your students.
We would love to hear from you! Contact me anytime via email at [email protected] .
Wade “The Shoe Dog” and the Sneaker Factory team