Footwear Faults

At BLC we regularly see a range of footwear related problems.

Common examples are:

  • Heel fatigue
  • Slip and fall issues
  • Cracking leather or synthetics
  • Colour transfer between materials 
  • Footwear construction failures, such as sole bond etc.

These issues can result in legal claims, commercial right downs, unsold stock and hours of internal man hours lost in trouble shooting.


BLC Footwear Testing Services

At 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.

BLC footwear problem solving and fault diagnosis service

When things go wrong BLC customers expect swift, targeted solutions to address their problems. BLC has an in depth knowledge of footwear materials and manufacturing technqiues as well as a thorough understanding of footwear specifications and performance.

We therefore offer customers and in depth fault diagnosis service that provides route cause analysis and recommendations for corrective action.


For footwear problem solving and fault diagnosis, BLC provides:

  • Advanced technologies such as solid microscopy
  • A fully comprehensive and easy to understand fault diagnosis report
  • Technical back up and support from experts
  • Competitive pricing


BLC uses state of the art diagnostic equipment

BLC uses some of the most advanced diagnostic equipment and techniques for carrying out problem solving, including:

  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
  • Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS)
  • Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry (GC – MS)
  • Liquid Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry (LC – MS)


Become a BLC Member and access:

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


BLC Membership Benefits


BLC also provides a wide range of footwear testing services, including:

  • Whole shoe testing
  • Shoe fit assessment
  • Slip resistance testing

View a full list of BLC footwear testing services.


Testing and Fault Diagnosis: The perfect combination

It is by setting clear peformance specifications for materials, combined with sensible testing, that ensures faults and failures are minimise in finished product.

Our Accreditations

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

View our Accreditations


"Through BLC Membership, we have access to technical support for leather product testing, helping us to provide more efficient services to our customers."

William Lamb

United Kingdom

"I enjoyed the combination of theoretical and practical training on the 4-day leather course."


United Kingdom

"BLC Membership allowed us to use the expertise of BLC to improve our suppliers' environmental performance."

Clarks International

United Kingdom

"I just wanted to say a big thanks for 2 great days of leather education last week."



"BLC Membership allows us to develop innovative high quality raw materials in order to continue our product improvement programme."


United Kingdom

“10 years of BLC Membership has enabled us to provide continuous assurance of product quality and safety, giving our customers greater confidence in our products.”


United Kingdom

"I became a BLC Member to take advantage their specification building services and 1-2-1 regulatory advice."

Gheli International


"We were very impressed by the speaker on BLC's leather training course who had excellent knowledge of the subject."


United Kingdom

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

Ralph Lauren

United States of America

"I enjoyed all of the leather course as a chemist I wanted to understand the whole process of making leather."

Smit & zoon


"We thought every part of the BLC leather course was very informative and interesting."

John Lewis Partnership

United Kingdom

"BLC smart chemical testing of wet blue saves our business time and money."

Casino Hide Tanners


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