What is the Inspection Procedure for Footwear Inspection?

By Veriquality Marketing Team Source: Veriqualilty Inspection Service Co.,Ltd

What is the Inspection Procedure for Footwear Inspection?

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 company’s reputation. These shoes should be destroyed.

How to inspect a shoe:

The main points in a shoe inspection are as follows:

1.      Packing & Marking Check

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

1.6.  Does the shoes inside the box are matched? 

1.7.  Does the barcode on unit box are scannable?

1.8.  Does the unit box attach anti-mold patch?

1.9.  No empty space between unit box and outer carton packing

1.10.  The packing material is dry and printing is illegible

1.11.  The marking printing is illegible and printing content is same to specification.

1.12.  The marking could not be removed by tape test or rub test.

1.13.  Is the packing conform to specification and provide enough protection during transit?

1.14.  Does the packaging include anti-mold sticker?

2.      Material & structure

2.1.           Is the material conform to specification or approval sample?

2.2.           Does the color consistency within one pair or the whole lot?

2.3.           Any mildew was detected on material? The material is good enough to fit the usage purpose?

2.4.           Bonding quality is strong enough? The gluing quality if meet the specification?

2.5.           If the heel is straight enough? No any risk to be broken or detached?

2.6.           If any bad smell originated from material or glue?

2.7.           If the wearing is comfortable?

3.      Visual inspection

3.1.           Holding the shoe from the bottom, roll the uppers together side by side.
You are now checking the alignment of the shoe parts. Starting from the front, roll the shoes to align the parts, toe caps, vamps, overlays, eye stays, and eyelets.
While you have the uppers side by side compare finish and colors of each part.

3.2.           Any metal part is rusted? Any eyelets is cracking or detached?

3.3.           Visually check the stitching quality. To check the stitching density if conform to the specification?

3.4.           Any dirty mark/ glue mark on unit surface?

3.5.           Any quality issue related to surface? Scratching/ dent mark/wrinkle mark on unit?

3.6.           Look inside the shoe opening. Is the lining clean and without wrinkles?  Run your hand around the collar, feel for any lump, bumps or glue. For leather shoes, be on the lookout for any lasting nails or staples. For sports shoes, make sure the footbed is straight, level, and fitting correctly. If the footbed is too small it may slide around, too big and the footbed may wrinkle or curl.

3.7.           Inspect the tongue lining for wrinkles and lumps. Run your hand down inside to check the vamp and toe cap from inside. Feel around the toe along footbed for lasting wrinkles. Feel for any rough stitching inside.

Finally, make a quick check of the laces. Too long is not usually a big problem, too short will have to be fixed!

4.      On Site Test

4.1.           Tape test for printing

4.2.           Smell check for gluing footwear

4.3.           Bonding strength Test

4.4.           Wearing Test

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