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Case Study: Successful Launch of 3D Printed Shoe

Many brands and customers are wondering if 3D printed shoes will really exist following the shutdown of multiple high-profile 3D printing factories. Customization of shoes using 3D printed parts is possible and can provide an elevated experience to the customer. In this post Heeluxe shares the keys to a successful 3D printed shoe. Between 2015-2018…

Using AI to Predict Fit Shoe

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are intimidating terms—but they shouldn’t be! Heeluxe is using AI to change the footwear testing landscape and the benefits will soon be realized by all footwear brands. Here’s a sample of how AI is being used to predict shoe fit. Many footwear innovators had their first introduction to the concept…

The Secret Ingredient for Step In Comfort at Retail

Every shoe brand wants a potential customer to think their shoe is comfortable when they first try it on in a store or after an online purchase. After all, comfort is second only to style when it comes to influencing purchases. While cushioning, fit, and features like arch support are important for comfort, most brands…

5 Findings From A Time Machine

Heeluxe’s Time Machine rapid durability test recently celebrated its 30 millionth step. To celebrate the occasion, here’s a list of the 5 most valuable things we have learned from testing the durability of 100’s of shoes.    Upper Durability is as important as outsole/midsole durability. In the last 5 years we’ve seen uppers made out…

Heeluxe’s Best Fitting Men’s Shoes of 2019

“What’s the best shoe?” is one of the most common questions footwear brands ask. In this post you’ll learn what are the best fitting shoes tested at Heeluxe in 2019. It is an elite group of shoes that you’ll want to consider when setting fit goals for your product. Criteria for what makes a shoe…

Why Energy Return is a Myth

Energy Return is a hot topic in athletic footwear and has even impacted occupational, fashion, and casual shoes. Current foam materials like Boost and EverRun and carbon fiber technologies like the VaporFly 4% and VKTRY insoles promote improved energy return, but is there any science to back this up? Let’s find the truth about energy…

3 Tips for Sustainable Shoes in 2020

Many footwear brands are working to “reduce their footprint” by making more sustainable shoes and/or reducing waste in 2020. Not all sustainability initiatives are commercially successful, and Heeluxe’s test experience shows 3 features that top selling and top-rated sustainable shoes have in common. In this post we’ll give you the 3 tips followed by real…

Setting Shoe Comfort Goals in 2020

Comfort is mandatory in 2020 and most footwear brands lack a strategy for how to increase comfort. The best brands use a consistent approach to improve one area of comfort every year and see benefits of increased sales, less returns, and higher online ratings. This post outlines the three steps for improving comfort in 2020…

Heeluxe’s best fitting Women’s shoes of 2019

“What’s the best shoe?” is one of the most common questions footwear brands ask. In this post you’ll learn what are the best fitting shoes tested at Heeluxe in 2019. It is an elite group of shoes that you’ll want to consider when setting fit goals for your product. Criteria for what makes a shoe…

How Socks Impact Shoe Fit

Socks have a major impact on how shoes fit yet rarely do footwear brands recommend a specific sock to their customers for an optimal experience (MISSED OPPORTUNITY ALERT!). In this short blog Heeluxe helps you select the best socks to improve your shoe testing and customer’s experience at retail. If you’ve been reading Heeluxe’s Better…

Does Insole Material Matter?

Back in 2010 a prominent shoe exec told me insoles don’t matter. After 10 years of footwear testing, we have data to show that they were very wrong for almost every shoe style and pricepoint. Here’s the science behind insoles and how to pick the best one for your shoes: First, let’s review Heeluxe’s keys…

Marketing Shoes with Test Results

While the best use of testing is to improve your product, sometimes you want to tell your customers “My Shoe is XX% better”. Here’s how you can use scientific testing to make marketing claims that give your product a competitive advantage in a crowded and competitive shoe category. A marketing claim should tell the customer…

How Heeluxe Measures Shoe Fit

Want to improve your footwear testing? Scientists and shoe brands alike want to know how Heeluxe sensor based system analyzes shoe fit. Here are the details of the system to help you integrate it into your own footwear testing. First—why did Heeluxe create an objective fit test? Honestly, it wasn’t our idea. We listened to…

The Memory Foam Myth

We all love the “ahh” factor when we first put on a pair of shoes. What could be better than a shoe that’s cushioned with the same material as our new bed? Turns out, just about anything is better! It makes sense that customers are drawn to the phrase “Memory Foam”. And there is some…

Shoe Testing Increases Revenue

However you measure shoe sales, an advanced testing system can help you improve them. Heeluxe’s testing helps many brands increase their sales each year and this post details one brand’s sales success after working with us. All brands can see benefits by following these steps. One of the biggest challenges we see brands facing is…

Why Women’s Shoes Aren’t As Good As Mens

We all want to make better shoes. What if the easiest way to do this was to treat women’s and men’s shoes equally? Data shows us that in 2019, we don’t give as much attention to women’s shoes. Footwear brands that work with Heeluxe understand the power of our unrivaled shoe performance database. It is…

The BEST Ways to Measure Shoe Comfort

Research shows that “Subjective comfort data is there not a reliable measurement.” What should a brand do to measure comfort? Heeluxe has spent years determining what makes shoes comfortable and developing new measuring tools to quantify comfort. Here’s our tips for improving comfort measurements at your brand: The “Big 4 for comfort” are Fit, Contour,…

Making Shoes That Outperform Your Competitors

Mediocre shoes don’t sell. To be a top selling shoe the product needs to have style, the right price, and performance that sets it apart from its competitors. We’ve compiled tips on how to be the best shoe in a category. In Heeluxe’s research reports, we’ll compare a test shoe’s performance against our entire database.…

Gender Differences in Shoe Fit

Anyone that spends their time working with feet will tell you that men and women have different proportions to their foot shape. But how does this impact shoe fit? And shoe brands design shoes different for women and men? In 2015 Heeluxe began using sensors to quantify shoe fit. During our validation testing we observed…

Five Fit Failures That Almost Every Brand Makes

At Heeluxe, we love helping brands make better fitting shoes. Through our testing we’ve seen a lot of common fit mistakes that almost every brand makes. Here’s a few of our (least) favorite: 1.Shrink it and Pink It: Women’s feet are not shaped like a guys. Yet the footwear industry assumes that women’s feet will…

The Secret to Reducing Online Returns

Online returns are bad. Bad for bottom lines, bad for the environment, and bad for the customer. Luckily, data analysis has taught us why shoes are returned more online (hint: it’s not because the customer ordered multiple pairs knowing they’d return some!).   The best kind of research is one that finds the cause of…

Tips for All Day Comfort

Step in comfort is the key to getting a customer to buy your shoe, but all-day comfort is the key to getting your customer to come back and buy more pairs. One of the unifying factors of fast-growing brands is their ability to meet customer’s needs for all-day comfort, and this post provides an outline…