IS 15844:2010

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) license will be mandatory for 24 footwear products from July 1, 2023.The Quality Control Order will now come into force from July 1, 2023. The standards for footwear products are developed in consultation with trade and industry bodies.

To get BIS certification and produce a standard quality product, the manufacturer must ensure that their product is complying with the specified Indian standard.

Let's take a closer look at IS 15844:2010 for Sports Footwear.

Sports footwear is covered under IS 15844:2010. The Bureau of Indian Standards adopted this Indian Standard after the Footwear Sectional Committee's final draft was approved by the Chemical Division Council.

This standard applies to sports footwear where it is necessary to minimize fatigue and extend the useful life of the footwear in various sports requirements. For the manufacture of sports footwear, various materials are used as components.

This standard specifies the performance criteria for sports footwear. Low performance (casuals), medium performance, and high-performance footwear incorporate elements to suit and increase the performance of athletes of various streams for which the footwear is created.Modern sports footwear is innovative and carefully engineered to achieve the highest levels of performance like water resistance, flexibility and Slip resistance are often crucial features as well as wear and tear. According to the standard the bond strength for upper to midsole/outsole shall not be less than 2.5 N/mm for general purpose sports shoes and 3.5 N/mm for performance sports footwear. The footwear also performs the flexibility test for 100000 cycles without any crack/damage. Sports footwear shall have to perform chemical tests, performance test, construction requirements as per the IS 15844.

Sports footwear must flex easily from foot to toe and return to its normal shape promptly once force is released. An insole must be present so that it cannot be removed without destroying the footwear unless the footwear has a rigid sole. Up to ankle back height, the mass of the footwear will not exceed 800 g per pair, and for ankle height, it will be up to 900 g per pair at most (for size 8). It will be reinforced appropriately at the counter so that it does not collapse or lose its form retention property, and it will be flexible.


There are some following tests which confirm the BIS quality aspect parameters for sports footwear standard-

  • Bond performance Test for bonded component of footwear
  • Hydrolysis Resistance Test
  • Slip Resistance Test
  • Flexibility Test
  • Toe Spring Height and Heel Drop Measurement
  • linear shrinkage, Heat resistance, Energy Absorption Test
  • Abrasion Resistance test
  • Colour Fastness Test
  • Adhesion test on the full shoe (Sole-Midsole)
  • Adhesion test on the full shoe (Upper-Mid sole)
  • Compression set test
  • Split tear strength test
  • Trouser tear strength test
  • Gripping strength of tags
  • Colour Fastness Test

All tests regarding IS 15844 are conform the full quality assurance for each and every component of sports footwear like upper material, Sole(Midsole, Outsole, Insole), In-sock, , lining material, Counter stiffener, Shoes fasteners(Velcro, Elastic tape, Lace, buckle, Eyelet, D-ring, Ski-Hook, Metal trims) which satisfies the performance quality need of BIS for sports footwear.

Test pieces from the entire footwear will be taken wherever possible. If test components from footwear are not available in sufficient quantities to meet test requirements, samples from the material from which the component was made may be taken.

The Manufacturer must obtain a BIS license from the Bureau of Indian Standards to use a standard mark (ISI Mark). The BIS grants a license based on a successful assessment of manufacturing infrastructure, quality control and testing capabilities, and production process during a visit to manufacturing premises.

Since BIS licence is now compulsory for this product, Aleph INDIA is undertaking all kind of projects related to BIS certification for footwear. We will help you to get the sports footwear license from BIS with fulfillment of all necessary quality assurance according to standard IS 15844.We provide the technical assistance and complete laboratory set up. Our aim is to give the excellence work for BIS licensing without interruption in your business.

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If a product falls under the scope of the BIS Conformity Assessment Scheme, All the manufacturers, importers, and foreign entities must obtain BIS ISI Certification. The Bureau may cancel the License if the product fails to meet certification requirements.

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