China Introduces New Product Standard for Footwear Shanks

Stakeholders are reminded that the People’s Republic of China’s Administration of Market Supervision and Standardization Administration has published a new product standard for footwear shanks.

Issued on August 20, 2021, the standard – GB/T 28011-2021 – will replace GB/T 28011-2011 when it comes into effect on March 1, 2022. It is applicable to metal and non-metal shanks for footwear sizes greater than or equal to 200 mm but is not applicable to shanks made from wood or similar materials. It can be applied to boots.

Stakeholders should be aware there are several updates to the previous iteration of the standard. These cover a variety of provisions, including:

  • Scope – previous iteration was only applicable to metal shanks; new standard is applicable to metal and non-metal shanks but no applicable to wooden and similar material shanks
  • Definitions
  • Classification
  • Requirements for marking, appearance quality, longitudinal stiffness, fatigue resistance, hardness, bending resistance and length measurement
  • Test method for bending resistance
  • Method for judgment of result

For more information on the provisions in the new standard, read SGS’s original SafeGuard 158/21.

SGS Softlines Services

SGS has a worldwide network of over 40 state-of-the-art laboratories, including 10 in China, specializing in testing of apparel, footwear, and home textiles. Their committed team is drawn from multi-disciplinary backgrounds, allowing them to conduct a comprehensive range of physical, chemical, and functional testing services for components, materials and finished products. SGS helps companies ensure quality, performance, and compliance with international, industrial, and regulatory standards worldwide. In the end, it’s only trusted because it’s tested. Learn more about SGS’s Softlines Services.

SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full China Updated Footwear Product Standard –GB/T 28011-2021 <Shanks for footwear> SafeGuardS.

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For further information contact:

Louann Spirito

Consumer and Retail — Softlines

US & Canada Softlines Business Head

Tel: +1 973 461 7919



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