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How Shoes are Made: A behind the scenes look at a real shoe factory Paperback – November 18, 2015
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If you are writing a book on shoe design and development and you chose to include information about costing and import, then it is important to know that FOB means "Free On Board" not "Freight on Board" as the author states, and to know that FOB is the cost of a good up to the point where it passes the threshold of a shipping vessel at its port of origin, not "the price of the shoe, plus delivery in a shipping container to the port of entry in the USA." If you are in product development, this is pretty standard stuff that you should know. Getting information like this wrong is quite egregious and severely damages the book's credibility.
There are also plenty of things not covered in this book, or just glanced over. While the focus of the book is clearly on sneakers and athletic shoes, none of the most important tends of recent design are mentioned, such as the use of monofilament meshes, welded overlays, and newer foam compounds/foam additives.
Finally, overall the writing is fairly poor. The author's repetition of the same sentence within a paragraph, and sequential paragraphs that say effectively the same thing (often in the same words) are consistently irritating. Much worse than that is the atrocious copy editing - words that clearly have been auto-corrected and are wrong, poor punctuation, etc. If you are charging $40 for your book, then the execution really has to be top-notch. This is not.
Despite my overall negative impression of the book, I will certainly admit that I did learn a few things by reading it. The problem is that I had to wade through 250 pages in order to glean what amounts to 30-40 pages of good information (plus a decent glossary at the back).
The book talks about shoe design and patterns and all the tooling needed to make shoes. Really liked all the color photos. The book is packed with technical terms and information. I really like this book, I found it very helpful!