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Manufacturing 101

Get grounded on the basics at no cost. No matter which manufacturing route you end up taking, we’d love to provide ample clarity– avoid tricky surprises, save time and money, and feel empowered to create your business with eyes wide open.

10 Key Steps to Getting Shoes Manufactured

From creating your tech packs through to shipping arrangements. Learn the 10 key steps to getting your shoes manufactured.

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Introduction to International Shipping for Footwear Production

Shipping is a necessary and important part of planning a budget for every footwear collection, but it can become a significant cost that catches many startups off guard. This isn’t to say that shipping has to break the bank, there are simply a lot of variables and options to be aware of. As with many other aspects of manufacturing, when you’re shipping goods internationally, it pays to be prepared.

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What is a Last?

In shoe manufacturing we have a saying: “Last comes first.” Virtually all shoe development and production starts with a last.

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What are tech packs and why are they necessary?

Tech packs are digital illustrations of your designs that show relevant views, proper proportions, specified materials and other information that is integral to making your shoe. Read more to learn whether or not you may need a tech pack for your project.

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How Many Factories Does it Take to Make a Shoe?

"Shoe factory” is a frequently used term, though a somewhat misleading one. This phrasing conjures the mental image of a single factory responsible for creating a shoe from beginning to end. While this is possible, it’s rarely how it happens!

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Introduction to the Fundamental of Shoe Styles

Before starting with tech packs, you’ll want to better understand the specifics of your shoe category. For that, you’ll need a bit of history and context based on these eight foundational shoe styles:

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8 Ways to Lower Your MOQ Requirements

With startup culture still on the rise, some shoe factories are welcoming smaller orders to help new brands launch more successfully with a smaller budget.

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Introduction to Pricing and Minimums

Footwear design, and the resulting production requirements, has so many variables that it’s downright impossible to accurately estimate pricing and minimums at first glance.

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