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How to Select Shoe Materials

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Selecting suitable materials for your shoe designs is very important.

Your material choices determine the look, quality, price, duty rate, and durability of your footwear project.

Honestly, I have made many material selection mistakes that cost me time and money. It’s common in footwear development to start a project with one material in mind only to find out it’s not going to work as you intended. You will have to spend time contacting new shoe material suppliers and testing new products until you find the right one.

Your shoe material selections impact the cost and import classification of your shoe. Therefore, as a shoe designer, footwear developer, or brand manager, you need to understand how to make material substitutions that don’t compromise the shoe design and improve your profit margins.


Watch Wade Motawi review the ways to build your skills in selecting and specifying footwear materials. Improve your shoe design skills today.

3 Steps to Build Your Shoe Material Skills:

#1: Visit the Free Resources Blog 

Search for Shoe Materials. You’ll find more than 25 free articles and resources on shoe materials.

Click the links below to go directly to these articles on shoe materials:

#2: Dig Deeper!
Get the Shoe Material Design Guide textbook or ebook

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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#3: Get there faster!
Enroll in the Shoemakers Academy Masterclass
How to Select Shoe Materials.

Become a better shoe designer, developer, or brand manager. Solve your footwear material selection and sourcing questions. Learn How To Select Shoe Materials from a pro. Lessons include:

  • How to select the correct shoe material.
  • How to create a detailed footwear material specification.
  • How to source the material from suppliers.
  • How to calculate the material cost effect on the shoe.
  • How to ensure the material is import duty efficient.
  • How to lab test the material’s strength and wear test its durability.