Design and Production

Footwear Design

Need industry leading designs that your customers will love? We got you covered.

Concept 21 has a global network of top designers available to work on any footwear project. We match each designer’s unique design style and speciality for the specific demand of each project. We can help with design briefing, mood boards, color palettes, material selection, conceptual sketches and high fidelity mockups.

Footwear Development

What to see your designs come to life?

Development is where the magic happens. With our decades of experience and in depth knowledge of the latest construction technologies, we can move quickly to commercialization with minimal sampling. Our development cycle utilizes the latest in rapid prototyping technologies to ensure design, styling and fit meet our clients needs.

Quality Assurance

Are quality problems impacting your bottom line?

Concept 21 has dedicated personnel that oversee the production of your product. With decades of in depth footwear manufacturing knowledge and an extensive auditing process, our goal is to spot potential pitfalls before they become a problem. We hold suppliers and final factories to the highest standards to minimize defects.

Factory Selection and Management

Having trouble finding the right factory for your needs?

Concept 21 has a global factory network to meet your brand’s specific needs. Just as every footwear brand is unique so too is every factory. We know first hand that having the right manufacturing partner is paramount to success. Whether you need to build 1,000 pairs per colorway or millions of pair a year we have the factory network and experience to deliver your product on time.

Materials and Sourcing

From laces to toe boxes, leather to engineered mesh, Concept 21 has got you covered. With extensive relationships with the top material and component suppliers we can source anything that you need. Have a custom component needs, like a new buckle or engineered mesh design? No problem. We have worked on countless projects to bring to life our clients specific needs.

Speed to Market

Concept 21 is known for moving fast. This is in part due to our ability to move quickly through the prototyping phase. We generally go from concept drawings to first round sample in 30 days for existing tooling and 10 to 12 weeks for new tooling. We typically can move to a final decision for production based off our second round samples, drastically shortening development lead times.

Project Management

As with any footwear project there is lots of complexity. Concept 21’s US and China based staff has lead hundreds of successful footwear programs in our 35 year history. We handle complexities of producing footwear so you can focus on growing a successful brand.