Knit shoe construction has been incorporated into basketball, soccer, and casual footwear due to the growth of the footwear industry’s knit construction shoes.
This construction method simplifies the shoe manufacturing process, causing knit construction to shift from high-end to budget-friendly shoes within a few years. The shoe knitting machine operates around the clock, and is considered a labor-saving tool due to the rising labor expenses in major shoe manufacturing countries.
The shoe knitting machine can handle almost any design and can accommodate up to six colors; some machines can even accommodate more. And normally each machine can knit one upper in 10 minutes.The knit upper shoe is evolving, creating new possibilities for footwear designers. The naturally breathable patterns, combined with stretchy and non-stretchable yarns, offer exciting options.
Fiber choices for knit shoes include hot melt yarn, polyester, cotton, and high-stretch yarn.
Nike’s “micro-level precision engineering” method involves programming a machine to make minute changes to a shoe’s stability and appearance. The program can quickly adjust the design by incorporating Lycra-infused thread for added toe stretch. Multiple layers of yarn with varying thickness enhance the heel’s durability. This prompts consideration for production location and reduces assembly time.