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Hi,
My name is Erin and I've been working on a new product, essentially a high heel shoe accessory. I have been searching for a high heel manufacturer (preferrably overseas) primarily for their materials. I need to find someone that not only offers material used in women's shoes (e.g. vinyl/patent leather/suede/cork/wood/etc.) but offers a variety of colors and designs. I haven't been able to find one I feel comfortable with. I've seen alibaba and global?, but don't know anything about them... Would you be able to recommend a womens shoe manufacturer that has cheap prices and a variety of materials? Any advice you could give would be much appreciated!
Thanks,
Erin

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In a message dated 11/17/2012 9:57:57 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, experts@about.com writes:
My name is Erin and I've been working on a new product, essentially a high heel shoe accessory. I have been searching for a high heel manufacturer (preferrably overseas) primarily for their materials. ================================================================================
Hi Erin,

You asked:

1. I  need to find someone that not only offers material used in women's shoes (e.g. vinyl/patent leather/suede/cork/wood/etc.) but offers a variety of colors and designs.

a) Ummm, you're going to need a sourcing agent in the shoe field. One presumes you'll be ordering large quantities (thousands) otherwise one would use either the U.S. or Mexico to avoid shipping and duties.

2. I haven't been able to find one I feel comfortable with. I've seen alibaba and global?, but don't know anything about them...

a) They are global exporters of goods into the U.S. and elsewhere.  I am not aware they sell other than in "lots" (as opposed to individual orders where it would likely be price prohibitive) - they're just suppliers.

Here's a list of some companies in the below link who provide shoes making materials:
http://www.thomasnet.com/search.html?what=leather+for+shoes&cov=&which=prod&supp

3. Would you be able to recommend a womens shoe manufacturer that has cheap prices and a variety of materials? Any advice you could give would be much appreciated.

a) I'm really not an "expert" in shoes or making them - check the link to a video out. Perhaps the person seen in it can help you:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUZqAJ64yCQ

b) Have you checked out and with Chikoshoes.com yet?

All the best,
Penny Ballou

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The Invention Process; Royalties; Licensing Inventions/Products; Pricing; Direct to Market; Marketing/Promotions; Patent Searching; DIY patent writing; Types of patents/costs/how to's; Funding (grants and Angel investors); Prototyping; Off-Shore sourcing.

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I am founder of an inventors group; Advisory Board President of www.inventored.org; former Licensing Executive Society member; researcher for www.piausa.org and a consultant; plus moderate and contribute to several online inventor discussion groups.

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Invention development: well-studied and applied in all aspects of the process and an inventor myself with one invention in patent pending and others ramping up. Lived and attended schools in Mainland China and the UK.

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