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S-QTS Inspection Expertise in Footwear

Footwear is a highly complex product that uses a wide range of materials and requires a number of different production processes. This makes footwear testing and quality assurance a highly demanding and specialized process.

Our footwear expertise will help you achieve the highest quality and safety standards. We cover all categories, including fashion, formal shoes, sports shoes, etc.

S-QTS Inspection verifies your footwear for compliance with relevant standards applicable to your product’s destination. These include US, EU, and numerous other standards.

Quality Control Inspection Approach for Footwear

  • Check for issues in stitching, including conducting seam strength tests and checks for fraying, skipped stiches, feed abrasion marks, open stitches, crooked stiches and puckered seams
  • Eyelet inspection including checks of pairing, spacing, sharp parts, deformation and looseness
  • Heel inspection including checks for denting, webbing and proper attachment by nails, screws or staples
  • On-site testing including marking and vulcanization tests for rubber outsoles, function and fatigue tests on closures, bonding tests, flex tests, rocking tests, fabric testing and verification of special features like waterproofing and stain resistance
  • Check conformance to legal requirements for footwear, including protective footwear standards, children’s footwear requirements and labeling requirements for country of origin and material composition
  • Packaging inspection including check of polybags, barcodes and cartonassortment for conformance to requirements, as well as checks of retail packaging, such as shoe position within retail shoebox, proper sizing stickers, tissue paper or paper card forms and silica gels
  • Coordinating testing by an accredited laboratory to test shoe properties like slip resistance, sole wearing resistance and shoelace durability, as well as to identify issues in fabrics such as harmful substances, colorfastness, flammability, fiber analysis, light exposure and wet and dry-cleaning properties Quality control of footwear products requires considerable on-site experience and sense to detail. S-QTS Inspection technical engineers customize our standard Product Checklist by adding specific tests to meet your quality requirements. 
  • Careful measurement and fitting check of shoe’s insole length, insole width, toe lift, heel height and back height for proper fitting, symmetry and sizing requirements

S-QTS Main Tests Performed During a Footwear Inspection

  • Carton drop test.
  • Slip resistance.
  • Sole bonding test.
  • Material strength check.
  • Humidity content check.

  • Symmetry check.
  • Sharp component check.
  • Mold contamination check.
  • Size fitting test.
  • Measurement check.

  • Rub test.
  • Odor check.
  • Barcode scanning.
  • Weight check

Why Hire S-QTS to Manage Your Footwear Inspections?

With S-QTS’s detailed inspection reports, received within 24 hours, you can see images of any defects found as if you’re in the factory check the goods yourself. Quality defects are also clearly classified based on severity and their location on the shoe, using a zoning evaluation system. And you’ll benefit from industry-standard sampling and inspection methods that ensure your result reflects the overall quality of the order. No matter the type of shoe you’re manufacturing, all of S-QTS’s footwear inspections will include attention to important checkpoints like shoe sizing, sole bonding and shoe symmetry. But we’ll also tailor our quality control inspection procedures to meet your specific standards, whether that’s through testing heel attachment strength for high heels or traction characteristics of rubber boots. With Asia representing 87 percent of global footwear production, our experienced and professional inspectors are available for your QC needs throughout most of Asia. Contact S-QTS today to start managing product quality with customized pre-shipment footwear Inspections.