Footwear and Leather Articles

Safety and Quality Solutions for Shoes and Leather Articles. UL verifies compliance of your products to global market requirements, helping you to protect the reputation of your brand.

UL compliance experts put their knowledge to work for our clients to help deliver safer quality products to global markets on time and on budget.  Using recognized methods, UL provides a comprehensive range of testing, audits and inspection services to verify the compliance of shoes and leather articles with national and international standards, limit risk, and reduce the potential for market recalls.

From initial design to final production, UL performs in-depth and rigorous analysis to help you manufacture goods that satisfy increasingly higher safety standards and launch winning products on the market.

UL state-of-the-art laboratories evaluate footwear and all its components for eco-toxicological, physical, and mechanical properties to mitigate supply chain risk and launch successful products.

UL provides customized quality assurance programs to suit your needs. Our inspection and factory audit solutions use industry and government standards to help you understand your factory’s quality systems and production capabilities, as well as monitor for social compliance.

Chemical Analysis

  • Aromatic amines
  • Chromium (VI)
  • Nickel
  • Toluene
  • Allergenic and carcinogenic colorants
  • Dimethyl fumarate
  • Organostannic compounds
  • Alkylphenol (AP)
  • Alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEO)
  • Cadmium
  • Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS)
  • Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
  • Lead
  • Formaldehyde
  • Extractable heavy metals
  • Phthalates
  • Chlorophenols
  • Pesticides
  • Flame retardants
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)
  • pH
  • Nitrosamines
  • Short chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP)
  • Isocyanates
  • Perfluorinated compounds (PFC)
  • Volatile organic compound (VOC)

Physical-Mechanical Tests

  • Sole bonding strength
  • Sole wearing resistance
  • Heel impact
  • Shoe lace abrasion
  • Colourfastness on leather/synthetic leather/textiles
  • Performance testing for shoe components (leather/synthetic leather; textiles and insole material)
  • Sole flex (Ross Flex)
  • Heel attachment strength
  • Bally upper flex (Bally Flex)
  • Seam/attachment strength
  • Hazardous substance analysis
  • Completed shoe flexion
  • Performance testing for finished shoes

Children’s Footwear
With extensive experience in children products safety, UL provides testing, audit and inspection services to evaluate footwear and leather accessories intended for young consumers, including:

  • Small parts testing
  • Sharp points and edges verification
  • Risk assessments




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