Detailed verification of mechanical, physical, and chemical properties

AQF Footwear Quality Control Expertise

Rising expectations and demands of consumers present increasing challenges for the Footwear industry. Physical and chemical hazards are the primary source of product recalls. Manufacturers, importers, and retailers involved in footwear manufacturing in major manufacturing countries and globally must focus on optimizing the supply chain to control profit margins, stay competitive, meet delivery deadlines, and comply with safety standards. 

AQF offers footwear quality assurance services for all kinds of shoes. Our expertise extends to hundreds of designs for men, women, children, and babies, and a broad range of materials such as leather, textiles (cotton, wool, nylon, polyester, polypropylene, rayon, lycra, etc.), synthetics (PU leather), rubber, foam, and plastic.

AQF verifies your footwear for compliance with relevant standards applicable to your product’s destination, based on AQF footwear inspection checklist (AQF#CK-SL-93). These include US, EU and numerous other standards, such as CPSIA, REACH, Prop 65, KC Mark.

Footwear Quality Control Approach


The Footwear industry produces hundreds of designs, each necessitating a slightly different manufacturing process. AQF technical engineers work together with your team to incorporate your key risks and unique product specifications into our standard Footwear inspection checklist.

AQF inspectors verify the physical and mechanical properties of your products based on your Acceptable Quality Limits (AQL), perform product safety tests, and assess compliance with your product’s specifications and approval samples. 

Some tests on footwear require a controlled environment to ensure compliance with safety standards and regulatory requirements. AQF inspectors select products from each lot and forward them to an accredited laboratory for testing.

AQF's expertise in footwear quality control and leading edge, quality management software provides even greater value to your organization. We assist you to set up and manage a customized surveillance program, optimize the use of limited resources, achieve your objectives, and build a culture of continuous improvement across your entire supply chain.


Main tests performed during an inspection of Footwear

  • Bonding test
  • Color fastness
  • Fitting test
  • Adhesive test on logo and labels
  • Abuse test
  • Smell test
  • Seam strength test
  • Stitches per inch check
  • Symmetry check between pairs
  • Heel flex test
  • Stuffing material check
  • Export carton drop test

Main tests on Footwear performed in a laboratory

  • Heel attachment 
    ISO 22650
  • Slip resistance
    ASTM F2913
  • Strap attachment
    SATRA TM181
  • AZO 
  • BS EN 17234
  • Color fastness check
  • Waterproof properties
  • Labelling
  • ASTM F2853-10
  • ISO 17226-1
  • BS EN 14362
  • GC-MS analysis
AQF Benefits
Footwear inspection
Footwear supplier audit
AQL standard (ISO 2859-1)
Footwear safety tests
Footwear function tests
Conformity assessment
Footwear checklists
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China, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Pakistan, Turkey and Greater Asia
We couldn’t have gotten this far without AQF

I appreciated AQF services before, but now I’ve come to realize they are a critical partner in our dealings with Chinese companies. We’ll never work with a company again unless AQF has first inspected to ensure we are contracting with a professional, fully operational and legally structured factory. We truly appreciate AQF team time, hard work and help to achieve resolution.

Laurie, Business Owner - Bags, Luggages, USA
The most humanized company

We are satisfied with AQF coverage area and online reservation system which is easy and intuitive. The communication with AQF is going well, most information is transmitted pretty quickly and on time. We were very pleased with the final reports and the results. Inspectors show lots of details and describe the errors carefully.

Sebastian, Quality manager - Manufacturer, Hong Kong
Exceeds our expectations

What AQF has done exceeds our expectations. They try and work hard to provide good services and meet our expectations for all our Pre-shipment Inspections. Booking online gives us convenience and expertise, helping all of us to manage QC easily. We are looking forward to more professionalism that AQF brings in future!

Ariel, Quality Control manager assistant - Importer, USA
Our services
Product inspection
From US$298

Minimize import risks, save costs and time, and ensure quality to your final customers.

Supplier audit
From US$298

Evaluate suppliers' capabilities and responsible business practices based on international standards.

Lab Testing
Upon Quotation

Ensure your products comply with safety and regulatory requirements in your destination market.

From US$298

Manage Quality throughout the manufacturing cycle.

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Detailed and tailor-made. Discover how AQF assesses goods quality and safety when performing an inspection. Review an AQF sample report related to your product of interest.

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