Physical Footwear Tests

At Eurofins | BLC, we carry out the following footwear tests:

  • Slip resistance (Heel and forepart) 
  • Sole bond strength 
  • Toe load
  • Functional strap / buckle attachment 
  • Leather Uppers - flexing resistance  (Dry and wet) 
  • Non -leather Uppers - flexing resistance  (Dry, wet and -5oC) 
  • Tear strength – upper  (Whole construction)
  • Abrasion resistance uppers, linings and sockings 
  • Colour fastness to rubbing (Circular rub) 
  • Colour fastness to rubbing (Crockmeter) 
  • Light fastness 
  • Perspiration fastness (All linings and flesh side of unlined leather uppers) 
  • Resistance to water spotting 
  • Abrasion resistance of solings  (Including top pieces) 
  • Resistance to crack initiation of soling BATA belt test 
  • Flexing endurance of soling – Ross flex test 
  • Functional seam strength 
  • Tab strength 
  • Attachment strength of  decorative trim 
  • Strength of eyelet or other facings 
  • Attachment strength of eyelets 
  • Tarnishing and corrosion resistance  of metallic components 
  • Peel and shear strength  of touch and close fasteners 
  • Specification for slide fasteners 
  • Whole shoe washability 
  • Functional strap to sole attachment (Toe post sandals only)
  • Heel attachment 
  • Heel fatigue (Slender heels) 
  • Top piece attachment 
  • Top piece turning (Spigotted top pieces only)
  • Whole top line strength 
  • Toe Post Strength 


Eurofins | BLC Footwear Testing Services

At Eurofins | BLC, we carry out a wide variety of footwear tests on men’s, women’s and children’s shoes to CEN, ISO, TM standards at our UKAS accredited laboratory based in the UK.

View our full range of footwear testing services below:


Please read our testing terms and conditions.

Eurofins | BLC Footwear Component Testing

Eurofins | BLC works with many well known footwear and fashion retailers from around the world and tests a wide variety of footwear, including:

  • Boots
  • Court shoes & heels
  • Slippers
  • Trainers
  • Work boots


At Eurofins | BLC, we carry out the following footwear component tests:

  • Elastic assessments 
  • Heel fatigue (Slender heels) 
  • Peel and shear strength of  touch and close fasteners
  • Shoe lace assessments 
  • Specification for slide fasteners 
  • Tarnishing and corrosion resistance  of metallic components 
  • Three point bending of buckles 


As standard, we provide:

  • A comprehensive, technical and commercially focused shoe fit service for children's, women's and men's footwear
  • Highly competitive pricing
  • Fast turnaround time - results available next day, or in 2-4 working days
  • A fully comprehensive and easy to understand report, complete with before and after images
  • Technical back up and support from experts


Become a Eurofins | BLC? Member, and you’ll also get:

  • Discounted prices
  • Priority testing allocation
  • Access to advanced technical support

Our Accreditations

Eurofins | BLC holds accreditations from UKAS and CPSC and has auditors approved to carry out LWG audits. Trust Eurofins | BLC to deliver some of the most accurate test results in the industry.

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United Kingdom

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United Kingdom

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United Kingdom

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Casino Hide Tanners


"All parts of the leather training course were relevant and very informative. I now have a new appreciation for leather!"

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United States of America

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