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Foxing

  1. A foxing is a strip of material, separate from the sole and upper, that secures the joint where the upper and sole meet, usually attached by a vulcanization process.
  2. A foxing must be applied or molded at the sole and overlap the upper and substantially encircle the entire shoe.

Foxing-like Band

  1. A foxing-like band has the same or nearly the same appearance, qualities or characteristics as a foxing.
  2. A foxing-like band does not have to be a separate component and is often part of the unit-molded sole.
  3. A foxing-like band must be applied or molded at the sole, overlap the upper and substantially encircle the entire shoe.
  4. The overlap must be ¼ inch or more (measured vertically starting from where the upper material turns upward from the horizontal to the vertical plane) for footwear in American men’s, youths and boys sizes 11.5 and larger and American women’s and misses sizes 12.5 and larger, 3/16 inch or more for American children’s size 8.5 up to boys size 11 and girls size 12 and 1/8 inch or more for infants sizes 0 through 8.
  5. An encirclement of 40% or less of the shoes perimeter is not “substantial” and does not constitute a foxing-like band.  An encirclement of 60% or more is “substantial” and is a foxing-like band.  An encirclement between 41% and 59% may be a foxing-like band depending upon the type of shoe and placement, function and appearance of the overlap.

Components such as toe and heel bumpers, foot stabilizers, and mid soles, that are applied at the sole and overlap the upper are included in foxing-like substantial encirclement measurements.  However, “mock-welts” which are separate welt strips added for appearance only are not “foxing-like.”

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