FOOTWEAR PRODUCTION

WHERE DO WE START

How do I begin my own footwear brand? Where do I start? What is the process of footwear production? How do I make my own shoes? These are all common questions that arise among anyone wanting to create their own shoe or footwear collection. Luckily, you have come to the right place, as we will be guiding you through the process of how to begin to create and manufacture footwear, from design to development. Portugal has become one of Europe’s leaders in footwear innovation and production and our journey today begins here.

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START A SHOE PRODUCTION IN PORTUGAL

PORTUGAL, THE CENTRE FOR FOOTWEAR DESIGN & PRODUCTION
Portugal has become the shoe industry capital of Europe with an international reputation as one of the finest centres for footwear production and craftsmanship. As one of the most advanced players in the space, Portugal’s footwear sector has emerged through its history of shoemaking and modern investments made in technological innovation, logistics, production and development. If there was any country to choose from when it comes to starting your footwear collection - without a doubt it is Portugal. 

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HOW DO I BEGIN THE FOOTWEAR PRODUCTION PROCESS?
Beginning your shoe manufacturing process is simpler than it may seem at first, especially with Addvance Studio here to guide you. Once you have finalised your shoe design, sourced your materials, developed and signed off on your initial sample and tested your quality standards, you are ready to begin the production of your shoe. Handled by a selected factory in Portugal that Addvance helps to establish, our expert craftsmen and women refer to the shoe sample to produce your finished footwear style - handcrafted to perfection. 

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THE PROCESS OF MAKING SHOES
THE STEP-BY-STEP FOOTWEAR PRODUCTION PROCESS:

 

  1. Complete & approve the sample After receiving your shoe designs and collecting all materials, a sample is created. Through consultation, the sample design is adjusted according to your specifications. In some cases, multiple rounds are necessary until a final sample is approved and ready for production.
  2. Complete & approve packaging After finalizing the sample, we work to complete and approve packaging for your footwear styles. We have a range of unique packaging options that can be fully customised, and that also cover sustainable alternatives. Once the shoe has been completed, it will live inside your chosen packaging when shipment occurs.
  3. Receive components and materials for production Once sampling and packaging is complete, the next stage is to prepare all of your chosen shoe materials and components in preparation for production. These are sourced from both local and international suppliers offering high-quality pieces that the eventual shoe factory will work with.
  4. Set up Production tooling Alongside the collection of materials, the factory work hard to prepare for manufacturing of the shoe. The set up for production includes readying all the correct tooling, cutting knives, creating the shoe lasts for all sizes and inserting the right yarns into the appropriate stitching machines.
  5. Production process begins Handcrafted by skilled craftsmen and women in local factories in Portugal, the production of your  footwear collection begins. Referring to the finalised sample and using all the correct materials, each shoe is handmade, from start to finish.
  6. Quality control and shipment Production is complete and now your shoes are ready for shipment. Before this can take place, each produced footwear style is inspected with an emphasis on quality control. Each shoe is cleaned by hand, placed into your chosen packaging and arranged in preparation for shipment. Packaged at our warehouse, your order will be shipped and delivered with quality guaranteed.

 

PRODUCE FOOTWEAR IN PORTUGAL TODAY
The footwear production process is easier and faster than you think - especially with Addvance Studios. With our specialized experience in footwear development & design, we are able to efficiently develop tailored shoe requests based on your specific needs - from conceptualization to manufacturing. 

So, what are you waiting for? Submit your shoe design today on our dedicated website portal or reach out to us via email at [email protected] and start your footwear production process today. 

 

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