Addvance is a footwear development & production company based in Portugal. We cover all aspects of the footwear industry, including design, development and manufacturing - from concept to delivery.
With a strong focus on craftsmanship, material sourcing and sustainable processes, we are able to develop private and white label shoe collections that are tailored to the needs of our client’s.
Our industry expertise, experience and attention to design have helped grow multiple brands, establishing them as important players in the international footwear scene. Are you ready to start your footwear collection?
The shoe making process begins with the sourcing of materials. Working alongside a group of material producers, each who is specialized in their own niche, we are capable of selecting and producing the best leathers, textiles and synthetics for each unique project. With an extensive choice of materials, our studio can develop custom pieces, patterns and prints for various surfaces that are tailored to your designs.
At this stage, the sole and last is created. Measured to the design of each client, the last shape and sole structure is formed. If you are looking for a totally bespoke sole then we are able to create a fully custom outsole from scratch.
Once the last and sole shape has been created, we can start to develop the shoe patterns. Here we outline the last shape and hand draw each detail and component of the shoe. Using the materials sourced we can start the cutting process. All material parts will be matched correctly and made ready for stitching.
At first, we make sure all patterns are cut and prepared for the stitching stage. Every component of the shoe is carefully placed and stitched together by hand. Secondly, all pairs are carefully inspected in preparation for the assembly process. During assembly, our craftsmen and women attach the outsole to the shoe and stitch the final details together.
Once the shoe has been assembled, all samples are heavily tested in the factory. To ensure the quality of the product, the fit, comfort and support of the shoe are tested. Samples are then delivered, giving you time to test the designs for yourself and consult with us about any adjustments needed.
When you are satisfied with the finished sample, we are ready for production. As a reference, the factory will keep a sample of each design. Every shoe is independently made in line with the approved sample, finishing off the process with your chosen packaging. Once production is complete, we package the final product in our warehouse and ship them directly to you.
Our studio is based on the west coast of Portugal, in Felgueiras, a district of Porto. Felgueiras is well known as the centre of shoemaking and production, accounting for 50% of the country's total footwear exports. As a result, this industry has become the highest contributor to the local economy, providing jobs and opportunities to the region.
A designer at heart, Marius is your point of contact for all your questions regarding the design, delivery and development of your initial product.
Our marketing expert, Sam, supports by following the latest online marketing, social media and copywriting trends for our clients.
Originally Portuguese, Diogo keeps an eye on the production process. Responsible for onsite development and always in close communication with our manufacturing partners.
Based in Portugal, Diana is responsible for development statuses, helping us with production planning and communication from beginning to end.