Decide on the target market for your own shoes and decide whether you will create them for girls, men or children. Select the type of shoes you are going to make by selecting the function or purpose . Select the name or brand of your shoes and establish the budget you will use to start your own retail shoe business.
Decide on the number of shoes that you want to sell and budget so. Secure the materials. You will need to do quite a lot of research to ensure you buy material at a competitive price. Examples of materials you may desire include leather, rubber and canvas.
Design your shoes by sketching them on paper or by using footwear design software that's not incompatible with your software design skills or drawing.
Use an industry standard size chart to determine the correct sizes of the shoes you'll make. Have a workspace and work table to construct the shoes. Get a product sample made.
Contact the factory or maker of your preference and get your samples made. Nearly all makers and shoe factories are located in Italy, China and Portugal.
Review your samples and ensure they match with quality standards and your design. Proceed to sign a contract with factory or the manufacturer to make a whole line of your shoes for retail sales.
Quality assess each thing you will sell to ensure they are all well made with no flaws.
To sell your shoes to some retail marketplace, sell retail customers or approach local boutique owners to place your shoes for sale inside their shop. The owners may want place take them on consignment or to buy your shoes outright.
Open an online storefront website or put your handcrafted shoes available on websites like Etsy or Sense of Trend to reach retail customers. Get a website designer to create an an interactive site that is online with e commerce abilities your shoes on the Internet.
Sell your shoes to retail stores by attending trade fairs for example the New York Shoe Expo and the World Shoes and Accessories Show. Trade shows offer exposure and accessibility to national and international retail store buyers.