Corporate Training Programs for Teams and Individuals
Learn with Wade Motawi, “The Shoe Dog!”
Customizable corporate training guaranteed to level up the skills you and your employees need to improve the quality of your products.
- Customizable instruction with The Shoe Dog! Learn from the pro. He wrote the books on shoemaking. Live, Zoom, or recorded sessions available.
- Tune-up your team’s design and development processes to save time and reduce errors.
- Get expert cost saving techniques and instruction on how the pros perform quality control and footwear inspections.
- Cross-train your buyers, designers, and merchandisers in footwear construction to streamline your procedures.
- Give your team the skills to advance the technical capabilities of your brand.
- Half-day refresher class or long term intensive shoemaking courses available.
- Suitable for all levels: High-School, University, individual start-ups, large or small corporate teams – we got you covered.
Contact us today to design your customized class.
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What other corporate clients have to say:
“Our intensive Technical Footwear Training with The Shoe Dog was an invaluable investment for our company. Our new Technical team has the skills and training to really make our products better and safer at a lower cost for our customers. We highly recommend Wade.” – A.Mendoza
“I’ve been using the quality control and inspection checklist from the SneakerFactory in many aspects of my job. It’s invaluable.” – J.S.
“Wade is a great teacher – his content is easy to understand and he delivers the perfect amount of personal antidote along with intense shoemaking knowledge.” -Jose R.
“Wade used this great second camera in his office so he could show us details inside the shoes via Zoom with incredible clarity and detail.” -Mike S.
“I finally understand how all the pieces of shoemaking come together – it’s like I was in the shoe factory watching a new style from design to patternmaking, last making, tooling, material selection, cutting, pressing, etc. all the way through detailed specifications and cost sheets.” – Jim
“The Shoe Dog and his partners helped us launch our brand. We went from an idea to actual samples in 6 weeks. We shipped our first ocean container after only 5 months and our product is a huge hit after our first year of sales.” -A.M.
WEEKEND CRASH COUSE
- 1-on-1 mission critical training for executives in need of footwear knowledge
- Footwear business A to Z: design, development, pricing, production, inspection, shipping
- 16 hours live instruction plus access to the Shoe Dog for follow-up problem solving situations
Contact us today for custom executive training. Email: [email protected]
Currently Available Technical Footwear Training Units
UNIT 1 Shoemaking Basics
What is shoemaking?
The art and science of footwear
What is a shoe last and why it’s so important?
Basic operations: cutting, stitching, and assembly
Cold cement vs. Vulcanized construction
Lasting types: 4 common types / 5 stitch-down constructions
Footwear patterns: How shoe patterns are made
Shoe assembly processes
Quiz topics: Shoe Parts – Lasting operations
UNIT 2 Shoe Types and Construction
A closer look inside many different shoe types
Shoe dissection: cross-section views of popular shoe styles:
Athletic, Men’s Dress, Women’s Flats, Women’s High Heels, Sandals, Kids, etc.
How and why each shoe type is made
The special last required for each type of shoe
Quiz topics: Matching shoe construction to shoe types
UNIT 3 How a Shoe Factory Works
Shoe factory challenges
Shoe factory walkthrough from start to finish
Machinery needed: lasting, toe molding, and heel molding
More important machines: outsole pressing pads and split level tunnels
Quiz topics: shoe factory departments
UNIT 4 Shoe Materials
Basic shoe materials covered in-depth
Leather: how it’s made and how to use it in your shoe designs
Many fabric options
Man-made materials for the modern shoe
Footwear reinforcements to create, support, and fix the shape
Hardware: metal and plastic parts for shoes
Techniques for branding
How to specify foam for your shoes
Midsoles: review 14 different midsoles
Outsoles: study eight different outsole constructions
Footbeds: ten options to study
Material vendor relations: get the most from your material vendors.
Shoe material supply chain sourcing challenges
Quiz topics: Use of specific materials
UNIT 5 Footwear Specifications
Read and create footwear specifications
Factory ready specification details
What to include
Checking a shoe against a spec sheet
Filling in the blanks
Footwear outsole types
Tooling information and development
Quiz topics: Create a basic shoe specification
UNIT 6 Footwear Development Process
Photo samples, Sales samples, Confirmation samples, Fitting samples
The sample development timeline
Uppers and outsoles
New development step-by-step
What is a pull over?
Quiz topics: Put development operations into the correct order
UNIT 7 Footwear Costing
Material costing and consumption
How to calculate the cost of shoe components
Consumption: sheets, hides, rolls, parts, meters
Waste: interlock, loss, cutting, quality
The cost of tooling and other equipment
The cost of everything and everything has a cost.
Quiz topics: Read a costing sheet
UNIT 8 Footwear Cost Engineering
Margin building strategies to cut cost and add value
Nomination of suppliers
A suppliers and B suppliers
Tooling and other equipment
Gold plating designs and Christmas trees
Primary elements to focus on
Quiz topics: How to cut costs AND add value
UNIT 9 Footwear Import Duty
Import Duties and Tariffs: Who pays?
Footwear Classification Guidelines
Chapter 64: How to read the US HTS
The Materials of the Upper and of the Sole
HTS Terms & Definitions
The chapter headings 6401 to 6406
Let’s play Name That Heading!
Quiz topics: Classify a shoe – Change a shoe to improve the duty classification
UNIT 10 Footwear Inspection and Quality Control
Design for quality and Development for quality
Selecting a quality factory
Testing requirements: shoe materials / finished shoes
On the line QC vs. outbound QC vs. inbound QC
Third party QC and dangers of corruption.
Shoe Grading: A grade, B grade, C Grade
How to inspect a shoe in the factory
How to inspect a shoe in the warehouse
Quiz topics: Shoe grades individual vs systematic quality issues
UNIT 11 Footwear Fitting
The shoe is a working envelope
Extreme size / Size trials / Fitting test / Wear test
Size grading and grading factors
True to size fitting
“Try on” comfort vs. “long term” comfort
Fitting models: in the factory and in development
Diagnosing fit problems & Fixing fit problems
Quiz topics: How to find and fix fitting problems
UNIT 12 Development Communications
Techniques for effective factory communications
Clear and economical communications
Inside large development organizations
How to communicate with overseas factories
Quiz topics: Techniques for effective factory communications
UNIT 13 Sustainability Strategies
Smart and sustainable shoemaking
Sustainability and costing
Economical earth-friendly strategies
Improved efficiency IS sustainability