Let’s learn how to make a real factory ready shoe production specification sheet. Now that you have your shoe design finished, it’s time to write a detailed specification sheet. The footwear specific specification sheet or simply “spec” sheet does a few things. #1. The Spec tells the shoe factory the name of each part of your design. #2. The Spec sheet details what each shoe part is made of. #3. It tells the shoe factory what color every part is. #4. It tells who supplies each material to the shoe factory. The shoe specification sheet is also your contract with the factory. The spec sheet tells them exactly what you want for all the internal components and answers questions about what should be inside the shoe. A detailed specification sheet is absolutely critical to your success. If you leave line items open with no detail, the factory will choose whatever they have inside the factory for these parts. This may be good or be bad, but you will get an unexpected result. We also use the spec sheet to check the new samples that come in from the factory. It’s important to review each sample with the spec sheet to make sure the factory followed the specification sheet. It’s good to highlight differences and ask the factory why they deviated from the spec sheet. Maybe they have a suggestion that’s better than what you chose? In many cases, the factory developer or pattern maker will substitute with a material that they have on hand, and it may work better than your original specification.
The Ultimate Shoe Material Textbook
Start with an in-depth study of material types available for modern shoemaking. Learn the technical details of material specifications. 195 pages and 300 color photos.
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