What is the Inspection Procedure for Footwear Inspection?

By Dave Zeng Source:

Inspection of products is a key quality control process for many manufacturing organizations. Even those with quality management systems such as ISO 9001 often have some form of raw material, in process or final inspection. For some companies without a formal quality management system, inspection and testing may be the only means of confirming product quality and is often a contractual obligation.

Quality is a very important feature of any shoe or footwear you may make, buy, or sell. In this article, you will learn the process of quality control in the footwear industry.

Definition of Shoe inspection quality “A”, “B”, “C” – Grades

A grade shoes:
Shoes without any functional defects or cosmetic defects that will impair the marketability of the shoe are A grade.  These are high-quality shoes, they look good and fit correctly. An A grade must follow the production specifications and match the approved confirmation sample.

B grade shoes:
Shoes without any major functional defects and which will not cause injury to the person wearing the shoes are B grade. B grade shoes may have cosmetic defects, production mistakes, or workmanship issues that cannot be properly repaired. These b grade shoes will be discounted and/or diverted to markets more tolerant of cosmetic defects.

C grade shoes:
C grade shoes have major functional defects that could cause injury to the wearer or major cosmetic defects that cannot be repaired. Shoes are also considered C-grade if they have poor workmanship or materials defects that could shorten the normal life expectancy of the shoe, or damage the companies reputation. These shoes should be destroyed.

How to inspect a shoe:

The main points in a shoe inspection are as follows:

- Visual Inspection
#1. Is this the correct shoe, a matched pair?- The shoe must to be correct size and matched within one pair. 
#2. Is the shoe clean?- Is the shoe with a lot of glue mark,dirty mark ?
#3. Does the shoe follow the specification?- Is the shoe with correct marking, correct size,correct material  and correct desig
#4. Is the workmanship high quality? - How about bonding quality? How about stitching quality? Does any broken stitches were found?
#5. Is the shoe damaged in any way?-  Is the show with torn mark? 

- Packing check

1. The first step of your shoe quality inspections will be to review the shoe packaging.

2. Is the shoe in the correct inner box for its model?
3. Is the box presentable? Make sure the box is not damaged or dirty.
4. Is the box the correct size? The shoe should not be crushed inside a small box.
5. Confirm the information on the box end label matches the shoe Color/Model/Size.
6. Check any hang tags to make sure they are correct for the shoe

7. Does the shoes inside the box are matched? 

- Marking Check 

1. if the size label on unit conform to box ? 

2.If the marking on unit same to specification ?

3. Please make sure all marking printed on unit are illegible.

4. If the marking printed on unit pass the rub test or tape test?

-Workmanship Check