Intertek’s Softlines Team Discuss Waterproof Shoes in Hong Kong Press

Featured in MingPao Sharing Insights on High-Performance Testing and the Value of Good Waterproof Features

August 16, 2023

Intertek Softlines’ Sammi Chiu, Senior Technical Manager and Dr. Jennifer Lu, Technical Manager, have recently been featured in an article covering waterproof shoes, by MingPao, local press in Hong Kong. Published in the rainy season, the article highlights the importance of high-performance testing in the manufacturing of waterproof footwear and the value it can bring to a product.

As experts in the field, our Softlines Team shared their knowledge and expertise on the differences between waterproof, water-resistant, and water-repellent textiles and footwear. They explained that waterproof is a higher level of water-resistant performance, which can block water from wetting the skin under the protection of clothing. On the other hand, water-resistant textiles and footwear can resist the penetration of water to some extent, but they are not entirely waterproof. Water-repellent textiles and footwear have a coating that makes water bead off the surface, but they are not as effective in protecting against prolonged exposure to water.

Intertek provides reliable and accurate testing services including hydrophobicity, water resistance and chemical testing, improving the waterproof efficiency and safety, helping manufacturers improve the performance and durability of their products.

Sammi Chiu and Dr. Jennifer Lu commented: "The importance of these tests cannot be overemphasised - they help improve the waterproofing efficiency and safety of products, leading to a superior end-user experience and a more sustainable industry. Our role is not just testing, also want to help our clients improve their products."

Grace Li, Human Resources Vice President, Greater China and Hong Kong Regional Management said: "Our mission is to help manufacturers elevate the performance and durability of their products. Understanding the nuances between water-resistant, water-repellent, and waterproof materials allows us to help our clients produce products that deliver on their promises to consumers. You’ll be amazed where you find Intertek."