Although shoes, caps, and streetwear are typically made with more robust materials, such as firm leather, rubber, cotton, and plastics, they’re vulnerable to similar product defects. Please remember that these have been manufactured in a factory that has resulted in natural flaws due to mass production.
Above are the Stitching defects samples that are common and normal for mass-produced products.
Excess glue, wax, or oil on the shoe.
Most shoe production facilities use adhesives and other chemicals during production. In most cases, when rushing to complete an order, factory workers missed removing excess glue, wax, or oil which is a common variance in mass-produced products.
The photos above are examples of excess glue, wax, and oil.
Asymmetry in shoes - the sole does not line up with the body from a front, rear, or side view.
In line with other soft lines products, asymmetry can be an issue where different components of shoes do not line up as they should. Asymmetry in shoes is often related to issues with the cutting or fitting of the components. Thus, it is considered a manufacturing variance and common for mass-produced products.
The photos above are samples of Asymmetry. Not all mass-produced products are perfectly shaped.
Poor adhesive or materials not secured
This normally happens when there is an insufficient adhesive used when applying the sole to the upper part of the shoe. This is a common manufacturing defect for mass-produced products.
Insole - Stitching thread has different colors.
You might wonder and think if the shoe you purchase is authentic, especially if the insole threading color is different from one another. Let me ease your worry, it is common that the midsole stitching uses different color thread on the same pair of shoes for NIKE and it happens on other brands too. We have come across a lot of pairs already and it passed our legit check. This doesn’t mean that the product is inauthentic.
Same shoe, different insole stitching color.
Printing defects can be found on the shoe logo, label, tags, wordings, design and more. These are paint bleeds, swoosh prints and tend to chip off. It means the manufacturer missed to check the printing quality of the product. There are some brands or SKU where the printing defect is common. However, if the print defect is related to seller mishandling it will fail our checks.
You may refer to our Product Quality - Sneaker requirement to check whether the condition of the product is within our acceptable range.
Over Exposed Fabric or Visible Lining
We’ve come across some over exposed fabric and visible lining for Jordan and Dunks. Having said that, buyer’s always have doubts with the authenticity of the product they received with such conditions.. This is part of a manufacturing defect found for these certain products and it is common.
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