Fashion Product Sourcing: Make Your Own Foam Slides

Foam slides and Croc collabs are in! Learn how to make your own foam slides, including factory links, supplier info, and inspirational designs | Product World

Foam slides and Croc collaborations are everywhere. Here’s how you bring them to life and make your own foam slides like these…

Today we talk comfort, affordability, and style… the foam slide and the various Croc collabs and alternatives to the cultural forefront. But what exactly does it to take to make them?

This is the Salehe Bembury x Croc collaboration slide…

Foam slides and Croc collabs are in! Learn how to make your own foam slides, including factory links, supplier info, and inspirational designs | Product World

In this ​YOUTUBE VIDEO​ I break down how to make a product like this…

Things to know to make your own foam slides

You’ll need a mold for every size you want to run, which is why you often see combo sizes. Molds cost about $1500 per size if you do it overseas.

  • The hardest part of this is making sure your mold actually fits well and comfortable for the size… This will take some tweaking and often expensive R&D.
  • Designs are going to need to be done in 3D, using solutions like Blender. What you want from a designer is a “tech pack” of drawings, sizes, colors, and materials, and ideally 3D files that you can send to your factory. Here’s two example designers on Upwork that would be qualified to help:
  • To get your design done, take inspiration from the mood boards and sketches below. If you take concepts like these to freelancers like the above, you can work together to get a solid tech pack and set of 3D files for your factory
  • Once you have your mold… foam units are only a few dollars ($3-7), plastic around the same, making this a VERY high margin item at scale if you’re selling for $20-70.
  • They do take up a lot of space, so you’ll want to ship by ocean. It’s going to take 30-40 days production + 30-40 days shipping.

Factories on Alibaba to approach

A: Zaoqiang County Daying Town Yiguang Fur Factory
B: Fuzhou Zhongqian Import And Export Trading Co., Ltd. ​

​​Unsent Studio are building their version in public, which gives interesting insights into the process, from inspiration to design to expanding the lineup with colors.

Foam slides and Croc collabs are in! Learn how to make your own foam slides, including factory links, supplier info, and inspirational designs | Product World
Foam slides and Croc collabs are in! Learn how to make your own foam slides, including factory links, supplier info, and inspirational designs | Product World
Foam slides and Croc collabs are in! Learn how to make your own foam slides, including factory links, supplier info, and inspirational designs | Product World

It’s wild how much the identity they worked on here reminds me of the founder’s vision when I worked with the awesome team at Chlorophyll Water, as they started out and before they became the powerhouse they are today.

Some of the same leaves, etc. appeared in the brand’s inspirational deck to get to the logo and label design.

Foam slides and Croc collabs are in! Learn how to make your own foam slides, including factory links, supplier info, and inspirational designs | Product World

Some one of my favorite aspects of this product is the 100% Landfill Biodegradable bottle. The bottle features a proprietary additive that contains organic materials designed to attract microbial activity within the landfill. A perfect example of adapting to the lifestyle of a brand’s customer.

BACK TO THE INJECTION MOLDING…

The Salehe x Croc packaging is as A+ as the shoe design is.​

Foam slides and Croc collabs are in! Learn how to make your own foam slides, including factory links, supplier info, and inspirational designs | Product World

In a world full of similar products, Warren Lotas managed to put his signature stamp on the foam slide with this wild design.

Foam slides and Croc collabs are in! Learn how to make your own foam slides, including factory links, supplier info, and inspirational designs | Product World

Speaking of Warren Lotas, he’s a tribute to what happens when you have a unique style, and keep consistently building the brand behind that style until it is undeniable. From zombie streetwear to NBA collaboration, it is quite the transition, built from having the respect of, and success in, the culture.

Foam slides and Croc collabs are in! Learn how to make your own foam slides, including factory links, supplier info, and inspirational designs | Product World
Foam slides and Croc collabs are in! Learn how to make your own foam slides, including factory links, supplier info, and inspirational designs | Product World

​​Since we’re on the subject of molds… I’m a sucker for a ribbed glass bottle.

Foam slides and Croc collabs are in! Learn how to make your own foam slides, including factory links, supplier info, and inspirational designs | Product World

Curious about glass for your own business? Here’s some options:

Glass factories to approach

Domestic small(ish) business with a great filterable search: Arkansan Glass

Foam slides and Croc collabs are in! Learn how to make your own foam slides, including factory links, supplier info, and inspirational designs | Product World

​​PGP Glass are great because they offer stock mold alterations. This means you can take one of their default molds and do a series of customization without the time and tooling costs of a complete new mold. Neck finishes, side/body ramps, cartouche etc.

For the best cost, here’s a fully custom glasswear vendor from China.

Plus a fun frosted glass and bamboo lid option from another factory for supplements and similar.

Foam slides and Croc collabs are in! Learn how to make your own foam slides, including factory links, supplier info, and inspirational designs | Product World

Aesthetically speaking, here’s some inspiration… color combos, sole designs, and patterns to make your own foam slides:

Foam slides and Croc collabs are in! Learn how to make your own foam slides, including factory links, supplier info, and inspirational designs | Product World

A Smorgasbord of Resources

@RosenZone breaks down CPG news:

7 figure products are right in front us, according to @themarkwagner:

Silver is very much happening, palette courtesy of Outlander Magazine @StreetFashion01:

​I could easily lose hours on these Tik Tok manufacturing videos:
https://restofworld.org/2021/the-chinese-content-farms-behind-factory-tiktok/

​Clickup Tutorials, if you’re looking for a new process tool: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWhJ5L9a16ixtIYnzM7QlCzsuDZqL8b4Q

​PDF Brand Guidelines are dead, long live Digital Brand Guidelines:

Foam slides and Croc collabs are in! Learn how to make your own foam slides, including factory links, supplier info, and inspirational designs | Product World

Stoked to see what you create!

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