Shoe Material Design Guide

(9 customer reviews)


A must-have guide if you are starting a shoe business or a footwear designer. In-depth reviews of materials available in modern shoemaking. Technical details and real-life examples of common shoes and their specified materials. Cross-section diagrams clearly show how to use materials inside 30 different shoe types, including Nike and Vans. Learn from a professional how to complete the detailed material specifications for your footwear brand.


Do you want to be a professional shoe designer? You must learn how to select and specify shoe materials correctly. The Shoe Material Design Guide digs deeper into the world of footwear materials and design.

  • Get professional details on materials to make modern athletic, classic casual, and high fashion footwear.
  • See exactly how materials are used inside real production shoes including Nike and Vans.
  • Master the specifications of leather, textiles, synthetics, laces, glue, reinforcements, hardware, logos, midsoles, outsoles, and more.
  • Annotated cross-sections of over 30 different shoe types. Look inside basketball shoes, running shoes, track spikes, hiking boots, work boots, high heels, cowboy boots, and many more.
  • Hard to find information on material testing, sustainable production, and exotic materials.
  • 28 chapters: each covers a specific shoe material type, how it’s made, and how to specify it correctly.

Written as a companion guide to our best-selling book, How Shoes Are Made, the Shoe Material Design Guide digs deeper into the world of footwear materials and design. 

Perfect bound paperback textbook,  8.5 x 11, 28 chapters, 195 pages with over 330 color photos.

Shoe Material Design Guide
Series: How Shoes are Made (Book 2)
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Wade’s Place; 1st Edition
Language: English
ISBN-10: 099870704X
ISBN-13: 978-0998707044
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds

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Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 9 × 1 in
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9 reviews for Shoe Material Design Guide

  1. Julia

    Obra referência para quem inicia no tema
    Uma abordagem bastante pragmática.
    Muito bom para quem inicia e para quem já possui conhecimentos na área.
    Informação bastante atualizada.
    (Translated from Brazilian: A very pragmatic approach. Very good for beginners and for those who already have knowledge in the area. Very up-to-date information.)

  2. D. West

    Amazing book!! I bought this for my son because he collects sneakers and has always been interested in how to make shoes. He loves it! It has everything u need to know to learn to design and make shoes spelled out in language that he could understand and follow – lots of great pictures too!!! They cut Jordans in half and identify every internal material piece by piece 🙂


    I have purchased all of these books, and they are a wealth of insight and information. Furthermore, I have been able to email Wade and received helpful responses from him. Really recommended.

  4. Nguyen Phuoc Dien

    I feel it useful for me.

  5. Frank

    I am studying shoe design and found this extremely helpful. Highly recommend.

  6. P C

    Awesome! Lots of detailed information. I have been in the shoe business for about 23 years. I am also a Pedorthist. I really learned a lot from this book.

  7. J. Donner

    Another great addition to the range.
    Following on from the earlier books in the range, this is a great in depth review into materials available in modern shoe making. Highly recommended addition to this brilliant series of books

  8. CalBear

    Excellent guide. This book strikes such a good balance between technical details and readability and provides real-life relatable examples of commonly seen shoes and exactly what they’re constructed with. I also read and am a huge fan of the other books. As someone starting a shoe business, this type of information is exactly what I needed.

  9. Alison

    Great book. I work in design and development and refer to it often. Worth the money.

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