Popular Footwear Fabric

Popular Footwear Fabric

Shoe fabric experts at Delicate Source not just offer mockup designs but are here to guide you through the whole process of premium shoemaking. We provide basic to premium shoe services worth your investment and effort.

 This is the reason we have compiled a list of popular footwear fabrics in that are used to make best quality, comfortable, luxury shoes.

Inter-Lining Fabric

These fabrics are used under the shoes to sew the bottom lining and are required to support materials like leather and synthetic fabrics, which are both popular and in-trend. Inter-lining fabrics are also known as fusing fabrics, as they can be stick-on any surface fabric by heating them. For the inter-lining process, we primarily use the following two types of fabrics:

  • Cotton
  • Polyester

Although both of these are popular inter-lining fabrics, cotton is still preferred over polyester because of its sustainability. However, this is not a set standard; our inter-lining fabric choice may vary depending on leather or synthetic, which we select.

Lining Fabric

The area where these fabrics are used is relatively more visible on the shoes. Therefore it is recommended and preferred by clients that they choose only high quality and premium looking shoe materials, like some printed fabric or some other premium looking one. This is why shoe lining fabrics are more expensive and durable in quality, as they have to be in direct contact with the feet.

The reason behind using them is to:

  • Make the walking process more comfortable.
  • Cover up the seams inside of the shoes.

 Delicate Source understands the significance of a good quality shoe lining fabric. Therefore, we offer many different options which you can freely choose from. Moreover, we combine your selected fabric with a back backer to increase its strength and durability, adding more value to the shoe's worth.

Upper Fabric

This is perhaps the most prominent type of fabric on the whole shoe, as used on the upper part of the shoe. Due to their premium quality and reliable durability, these fabrics tend to get a little more expensive than the others. However, it is well earned, as they are used in combination with leather, or sometimes all alone on the shoe's upper side, which justifies its quality. Some of these premium and high-quality footwear fabrics are:

  • Canvas Fabric
  • Twill Fabric
  • Printed Fabric
  • Cotton dyed fabric
  • Check Fabric
  • Mesh Fabric
  • Denim Fabric

Their growth is not only their visual appeal but also because they are eco-friendly, therefore a much better solution.

Upper Lining

Finally, the last area where a fabric might be required is in the upper lining process, as it is the area where we use it to provide support and strength to the upper fabric. Brushing or some other soft fabric is used in the upper lining process, as these can make the shoes comfortable for the wearer. Although only cotton is used in the upper lining process, sometimes we also use cushion laminating. Cotton is preferred since it can absorb sweat that we get from wearing shoes and keep them comfortable. Moreover, it is also highly affordable, making it ideal for the upper lining of any shoe.

Types of Shoe Making Materials


Textiles are preferred in shoemaking as they offer a wide variety of:

  • Colours
  • Knits
  • Weaves
  • Fibres
  • Deniers

Denier is how we measure the weight of any fabric, and the value varies from anywhere between 110D to 600D depending on the type of shoe for standard fabrics.

We at delicate Source provide our clients with a variety of different textiles which they can use in shoemaking. These fabrics are:

  • Cotton
  • Wool
  • Nylon
  • Polyester
  • Polypropylene
  • Rayon
  • Lycra

These and many more fabrics are available here at delicate Source, which you can use according to your requirements for various types of shoes: sneakers, trainers, canvas etc.


Leather products are considered an ultimate symbol of wealth and luxury. The reason behind it is that leather is durable and flexible, making it highly customizable without compromising on its quality. Moreover, it resists heat, which makes it highly breathable, making it comfortable to use.

Therefore, leather is perhaps the most common material used in shoemaking, specifically in shoes for men.

Some Other Popular Materials

Although fabric and leather are the most widely used shoe materials, however, there are other common materials, as well, which are widely used and like based on their appearance and durability. Which are:

  • Canvas
  • Nylon
  • Denim
  • Satin

Why Pick Delicate Source?

Delicate Source is at your service to provide you with the best and the most premium fabrics and materials you can use in shoemaking. Our team of professionals also guides you through the whole process and helps you make a better decision to create a design that can reflect your style and fulfil your requirements.

If you are in the shoe retailing business and thinking of getting something new, we at delicate Source are the place to be, so feel free to contact us anytime.

Our CSR's will be more than happy to assist you design and manufacture your desired shoe styles and designs.