Branding your shoes as "Made in USA" or "Made in Europe" is a great sale pitch, many consumers find products that are "Made in USA" or "Made in Europe" as more desirable - a tag of quality and prestige.
How can you still make “made in USA” footwear and keep your product competitive in the market?
It is impossible to make shoes from start to the end in the west cost effectively. Shoe making is a labor-intensive process that requires time and handwork. Labor costs in the USA and Europe are simply too high and labor intensive industries. With the average retail price of shoes in the market, most major brands would not be able to meet price points if their manufacturing would be wholly based in the West.
If you are looking to manufacture your footwear in the USA or Europe but keep the cost competitive – we have the solution for you – making the uppers in Vietnam.
Shoe-upper production is the most labor-intensive part in the footwear manufacturing process. By making the shoe-upper in Vietnam and sending it to USA or Europe for assembling – either by direct injection technology or either by co-cemented construction, you will be able to make shoes that are “made in USA” and “Made in Europe” but enjoy the benefit of low cost manufacturing of the shoe-upper in Vietnam.
What is Shoe-Upper Production?
Our development center works with brands to develop and sample the upper – as if it would have been a complete shoe. The development incudes creating the tech pack, pattern and last (if you don’t have your own)
Cutting the upper, lining, and reinforcement materials that combined together form the Shoe-Upper.
Leather skiving, gluing the different pattern parts of the upper together, folding, punching perforation or eyelets holes, lamination of the backing, attaching the reinforcement materials such as thermoplastic toe cup and heel counter.
Printing artwork and logos, embossing, foiling etc.
Stitching the different pattern parts together to create the upper.
We use back counter moudling machines to create the correct heel shape and mould the thermoplastic back counter – ready for lasting in your factory.
Once completed, the Shoe-Upper is ready for lasting and the outsole attachment in your factory.
What kind of Shoe-Uppers do we make?
We have the experience and know-how making leather or synthetic uppers for footwear such as:
Fashion shoes – boots, ballerina flat and pumps
Casual - sneakers, mocasins, sandals
Dress shoes - men and women
Artisan shoes - Uppers for Goodyear shoes and Blakes. Often made in crust leather for the hand colouring and finishing process. See more about hand colouring here
Outdoor activity and Sport shoes
Safety shoes – Safety shoes for the Police and Armed forces. In many cases including steel, composite or carbonate toe caps.
Waterproof uppers – Winter boots to low cut hikers. Made of leather, suede or nylon. Water proof shoes made of water proof materials, includinf seam-seal and membranes often made with booty lining construction.
What are the benefits of making Shoe-Uppers ?
"Made in USA" or "Made in Europe" is more desirable, a tag of quality and prestige.
Our shoe-upper making facility gives brands all over the world the ideal solution to keep their shoe making in their own country - but cost effectively.
In most countries, the importation of shoe components such as Shoe-Uppers is duty free.
Craft your shoe-uppers in Vietnam
Assemble and finalize in USA & Europe
See how safety boot upper is been made in our factory step after step
Have a question about our shoe-upper making?
Overview of our shoe-upper facility in Da-Nang Vietnam