Nike Shoes

How are Nike Shoes are Made?

How are Shoes Made?

The production of all athletic shoes is divided into the making of the three main parts of the shoe, the top of the shoe, called the upper the midsole, the part of the shoe that cushions and protects the foot and the outsole or as most consumers refer to it, the sole. It is variations in the type of material used for each of these three parts, as well as their combination, that makes the difference between types and brands of shoes, including Nike shoes.

Parts Of The Shoe Made Out Of

  • The mid sole of the shoe is generally made up of a combination materials such as polyurethane, Phylon, Phylite (a combination of Phylon and rubber), and EVA, a flexible, foam-like material.
  • The outer sole of the shoe is formed from a blend of synthetic rubber compounds.

New Models!

  • New model of shoe can sometimes take up to 3 years.
  • People work all over the world to find a new shoe idea.

Where are the Producers?

Although the main Nike headquarter is located in Beaverton, Oregon, the athletic shoes that Nike provides to consumers worldwide are produced in hundreds of factories around the world, and have never been produced in factories in the United States. The largest producers of Nike shoes are the factories located in China, Vietnam and Indonesia, although dozens of other countries also contain Nike factories; these countries include Malaysia, Pakistan, India and Thailand.

Nike Factories

Nike does not directly own these factories; rather, they hire factory owners to produce the shoes using the materials and designs provided by Nike. The Nike company itself focuses almost exclusively on designing the shoes and, after they have been produced by the factory,


Nike's large factories have also brought it criticism from environmental activists. Nike has made environmental concerns a major part of their public presence, actively promoting recycling with programs such as their Reuse-A-Shoe campaign.

Factories in Asia

Nike has contracted with more than 700 shops around the world and has offices located in 45 countries outside the United States. Most of the factories are located in Asia, including Indonesia,China, Taiwan, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Pakistan, Philippines, and Malaysia.


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