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China Updates Footwear Product Standard for Children's athletic shoes – QB/T 4331-2021

SafeGuardSSoftlinesMay 19, 2022

QB/T 4331-2021 <children’s> was released December 2, 2021 and officially implemented April 1, 2022.</children’s>

On December 2, 2021, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) issued Children’s athletic shoes product standard QB/T 4331-2021 which became effective April 1, 2022. QB/T 4331-2021 replaces the previous edition, QB/T 4331-2012.
The new standard applies to the production, inspection and sale of children's and infants’ athletic shoes for general use.

Main Technical Changes

Revisions to QB/T 4331-2021 include:

  1.  Normative references
  2. Definitions of ‘infants’ athletic shoes’ and ‘children’s athletic shoes’
  3. ‘Appearance quality’ requirement
  4. ‘Peeling strength of upper-sole or sidewall-upper’ requirement and test method
  5. ‘Hardness of outsole’ requirement and test method
  6. ‘Fatigue resistance performance of touch and close fasteners’ requirement
  7. ‘Abrasion resistance of outsole’ test method
  8. ‘Outsole and midsole adhesion strength’ test method

Additions include:

  1. Requirement for the width of the cutting edge during the upper-sole peeling strength or sidewall-upper peeling strength test

Deletions include:

  1. Terms and definitions of ‘low upper footwear’
  2. The requirements of ‘general requirements’ retaining the requirements for ‘marking’ in from the 2012 edition’
  3. The ‘safety performance’ requirement
  4. Annex C of ‘products may trigger risk factors during design, production and use’
  5. The test methods for ‘odor’, ‘the banned azo colorants in textile’, ‘the banned azo colorants in leather’, ‘formaldehyde in textile’, ‘formaldehyde in leather’, ‘total heavy metal content’
  6. The ‘inspection items’
  7. Annex A, the ‘azo dyes list’

Main technical requirements of QB/T 4331-2021 <Children's athletic shoes>



Test Method


1Appearance quality
GB/T 3903.5
Comply with QB/T 4331-2021, 5.2, table1
2Peeling strength of upper-sole or sidewall-upper
GB/T 3903.3
Peeling strength of upper-sole: ≥ 40 N/cm 
If the material is torn and the adhesive film is still bonded during the peeling test:
≥ 20 N/cm
Peeling strength of sidewall-upper ≥ 60 N/cm
If the material is torn and the adhesive film is still bonded during the peeling test:
≥ 20 N/cm
3Flexing resistance of whole shoe
GB/T 3903.1
Comply with QB/T 4331-2021, 5.3.2, table2
4Abrasion resistance of outsole
GB/T 3903.2
≤ 14.0 mm
5Low-temperature flexing resistance of upper materials
QB/T 2224
Comply with QB/T 2224
6Color fastness to rubbing of lining and insock
QB/T 2882-2007, Method A
Staining grade ≥ 2-3
7Hardness of outsole
GB/T 3903.4
Solid outsole: ≥ 40 Shore A
Cellular outsole: ≥ 40 Shore C
8Outsole and midsole adhesion strength
GB/T 21396
≥ 18 N/cm
If the microcellular material is torn and the adhesive film is still bonded, the adhesion strength: 
≥ 13 N/cm
9Fatigue resistance performance of touch and close fastenersPeel strength: GB/T 3903.20
Shear strength: GB/T 3903.21
Comply with QB/T 4331-2021, 5.3.8, table 3

Details of The Technical Content

For more information, please refer to the standard QB/T 4331-2021 <Children’s athletic shoes> or contact SGS directly.

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