Footwear Inspection and Testing

AQI Footwear Inspection Service

footwear pre-shipment inspection serviceFootwear is more complex than before due to the rising expectations and demands of consumers, it requires different production process and a wide range of materials, this makes footwear inspection and testing a highly specialized process.

AQI Service offers quality inspection services and lab testing services for all kinds of footwear, we will verify your footwear for compliance with relevant standards applicable to your product’s destination, these include CPSIA, REACH, Prop 65, and other standards.

The different types of footwear including below but not all listed:

Women’s FootwearSchool ShoesLacrosse ShoesTennis Sport Shoes
Equestrian FootwearSnow BoatSandalsBaseball & Softball Shoes
Running ShoeBasketball ShoesWater ShoeSlippers
Dress ShoesDress SandalFashion BootAnkle Booties

Footwear Quality Control Approach


footwear inspection in China

AQI Service technical team work closely with your team to create a specific inspection checklist for your products, and our inspector will verify the quality of mass production based on your Acceptable Quality Limites (AQL), perform product function and safety tests, and assess compliance with your product’s specifications and authorized samples.

Some tests should be tested in the lab to ensure compliance with safety standards and regulatory requirements, inspectors will select the lot samples and forward to an accredited laboratory for testing.

Your products’ workmanship is carefully examined, and defects are classified into subcategories to highlight the key improvement areas for production.

We are your eyes in manufacturing and quality control.

How to Create Inspection Checklist for Footwear

footwear inspection service in ChinaHere are the typical quality defects usually happed on these products

  • Packing and Marking Check: Check the packing and packages conform to the client’s requirements or not?
  • Materials: Compare with a golden sample including material/color of the fabric, accessories, hangtag/labels, packing, logo/markings, washing effect
  • Structure: Is bonding quality strong enough? if the gluing quality meets the specification or not?
  • Workmanship: How is the workmanship? good for sale in-store or online?
  • On-site Test:  Verify the function, fitting and reliability.
  • Measurements: If the checked results conform to the client’s specification and tolerance

Typical Quality Defects

Any sharp point/sharp edge on accessories?Dirty stain
Loose stud/button/rivet on trimGlue
Shoelace was too short to too longPoor stitching
Malfunction accessoryNeedle hole
Untrimmed threadLoop stitches
Foreign insectOpen seam

Typical Functional Tests and Testing in Laboratory

Main tests could be performed during an inspection at the factory, and the choice of tests to be carried out varies according to the design and intended use.

Flexing check / Bond TestingSmell check
Barcode readability checkWaterproof test
Fatigue testSeam strength test
Rub checking3M-Tape Checking
Carton Assortment CheckingSymmetry check between pairs
Carton Drop CheckingDensity of stitches check
Fitting testColor shade test
Inside stuffing checkStitches per inch check

Other tests on footwear performed in the laboratory including ISO17708-2003, ISO 22650, ISO17226-1, BS EN 17234, BS EN 14362, ASTM F2853-10, ASTM F2913 Slip resistance, etc.

Our inspector can help the client to draw samples to our partner accredited laboratory for testing, we can also forward the shipping samples while During-Production Inspection or Pre-shipment Inspection.

Normally the testing will take around 3-7 days to get the test report, we recommend a selection of test applicable to safety risks and compliance, any questions please contact AQI Service.

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