A small defect found on shoes after purchase can spoil the mood for a long time. Is it possible to detect a defect while still in the store, what defects arise during the production process, and what is the reason for the incorrect operation, explains Igor Okorokov, shoe production technologist.
Defects in shoes can occur both during production and during storage and operation.
External inspection of a pair
When choosing and buying shoes, carefully examine the appearance of the pair. In the manufacture of shoes, stamping is performed on the parts so that they have the same color and pattern as a pair. Branding is a series of numbers that are applied on a lining, sub-zapamochka (staferka) or tongue. It contains information about the launch date of the party, the greenhouse and the completeness of the shoes. Each manufacturer (brand) has a different digital designation. But, as a rule, this is: the date of manufacture of the shoe, lot number, size, completeness, correspondence number of the left and right half pairs (01,02,03 ...), the article is the same as the model number. When choosing a pair of shoes, compare the branding on both half pairs, it should be identical. Pay attention to the matching size of the semi-pairs.
After digital matching, inspect the shoes for visible defects. Shoes should not have:
After examining the appearance, it is necessary to check the pair for defects inside the shoe. Fasteners (nails, staples) should not protrude in the shoes, this can be checked by tightly pressing the hand along the perimeter of the insole inside the shoe. When inspecting shoes, make sure that there are no wrinkles on the lining that occur during poor-quality technological processes; the operation of shoes with this marriage will lead to discomfort and damage to the foot.
The back and toe cap are intermediate parts of the shoe, which are the frame that retains the shape of the shoe, as well as protecting the foot from bumps and mechanical damage. But, if there is a violation of technology, a defect may arise in the extinction of these parts both from the outside, which leads to a loss of the appearance of the shoe and inside, which will cause discomfort when worn and rub the foot. The back settling occurs both in case of violation of the production technology, and with the incorrect operation of the shoes, donning without unlacing and without the use of a shoe horn. Failure of the backdrop can be seen at the fitting stage (it all depends on the degree of marriage. Lean back a little and see if there are wrinkles in the heel or press on the edge of the backdrop - if wrinkles are felt under your fingers, most likely you’ve got a defective pair.
When choosing shoes, there are defects that are difficult, but basically impossible to detect visually. These are defects that arise in case of violation of the technology for the production of shoes or the use of low-quality materials.
When purchasing shoes, check the warranty period for the pair you are purchasing if repair is possible, as large manufacturers carry out repairs and if it is possible to correct production defects. The warranty does not cover wear on the heels and lace breaks.
Timely care using creams, impregnation and spray, as well as gentle operation, will not only extend the service life, but also keep the beautiful appearance of your shoes.
But marriage is not only a headache for the buyer, but also the seller. Returning a product is a loss of customer loyalty, a loss of trust. Therefore, the functionality of the retailer includes a mandatory check of a lot of shoes at the acceptance of goods. As a rule, the product is accepted by the merchandiser, but in practice, all the store personnel participate in the acceptance, as well as in the initial inspection for the detection of visible defects (different fleet, mechanical damage, check of the digital article). Acceptance of products in terms of quality and completeness is made at the recipient’s warehouse no later than 20 days after the delivery of the goods by the transport company. Therefore, regardless of the party, shoes must be checked all. It is important to identify defective goods before they arrive at the trading floor.
Experts warn retailers about losses that may occur if the rules for goods acceptance are not observed - on the map is your reputation and the reputation of the manufacturer. No one is immune from inaccuracies and errors, but the attentiveness of all parts of the chain will save everyone, including the buyer, from unnecessary costs - financial, time and emotional!
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