Footwear Industry Statistics & Footwear Market Share

Can you imagine this Global Footwear Industry statistic – in 2015, 6 out every 10 shoes produced were made in China! (, 2015). We thought we’d collate some Footwear Industry statistics to help you keep tabs on the Footwear market sector. Please note all figures are supplied for guidance and are available in the Public Domain. If you would like to discuss our software solutions please contact

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Footwear Industry Statistics

Global Footwear Industry Statistics

Global Footwear Annual Revenue in 2015 – is estimated at £52.2 billion (NSRA, 2016)

The Global Market for Footwear in 2020 – is projected to reach $371.8 billion (GIA, 2015)

Total Global Production of Footwear in 2015 – is estimated at 23 billion pairs of shoes (APICCAPS, 2015)

The Leading World Footwear Producer in 2015  – is, China at 13,581 million pairs of shoes (statista, 2015)

6 out of 10 shoes, in the world – are produced in China (, 2015)

UK  Footwear Industry Statistics

UK Men’s and Women’s Footwear Sales in 2015 – £10.3 billion (LFW, 2015)

UK Online Footwear Sales in 2015 – increased by 17% (Mintel, 2015)

UK Footwear sold online – 3.8% (Mintel, 2016)

UK Footwear Consumer Spending in 2015 – rose YoY by 7.6% (including inflation), 8.4% (excluding inflation) (fbicgroup, 2016)

EU Footwear Production in 2014 – the UK contributed only 2% of total EU footwear production (, 2015)

EU Footwear Consumption in 2014 – the UK was the fourth highest (at 14%) footwear EU consumer (, 2015)

EU Footwear Imports 2014 – in terms of value the UK (at 13%) was the third largest EU importer of footwear (, 2015)

EU Footwear Exports in 2014 – the UK (at 4%) was the third least EU country which exported footwear (, 2015)

EU Footwear Industry Statistics

EU Footwear Production in 2014 – €17.4 billion, compared to € 14.1 billion in 2010 (, 2015)

Key EU Footwear Producers – Italy produced 50% of shoes in the EU. The other key EU footwear producers are Spain (12%) Portugal (12%) and Romania (8.2%) (, 2015)

EU Footwear Consumption in 2014 – €23.5 billion (, 2015)

EU Footwear Consumption by type – leather footwear constituted 52% of EU footwear demand , followed by plastic/rubber (18%), textiles (17%), parts (13%)
and wood and other (0.4%) (, 2015)

Largest Footwear market in the EU – Germany is the largest footwear market in the EU-28 (, 2015)

EU Importers* of Footwear 2014 – Germany remained the leading importer with an import share of 19% in terms of value, followed by France (14%), the UK (13%) and Italy (12%) (, 2015)

Intra-EU Footwear Trade 2014 – Italy was the leading exporter of footwear within the EU and Germany exhibited the highest rise in exports (, 2015)

Extra-EU Footwear Trade 2014 – China was the leading exporter of footwear to the EU and Vietnam exhibited the highest rise in exports (, 2015)

EU Leading Exporters** of Footwear 2014 – Italy was the leading exporter of EU footwear accounting for 26% of exports, followed by Belgium (12%) and Germany (12%). Note exports include the so-called re-exports: imported products, which are exported to other (mainly other EU) countries.(, 2015)

EU Footwear Exports to Extra-EU states 2014 – US was the leading importer of EU footwear (€1.4 million), closely followed by Switzerland (€1.2 million) and Russia €1.1 million.(, 2015)

US Footwear Industry Statistics

Annual U.S. Consumer Footwear Spend – $29.8 billion (NSRA, 2016)

U.S Footwear Consumer Spending in 2015 – rose YoY by 2.1% (including inflation), 1.0% (excluding inflation) (fbicgroup, 2016)

Largest athletic shoes manufactruer in U.S. 2015 – Nike Inc. and its proprietary brand, Jordan account for 62% of athletic shoes sold in the U.S (WSJ, 2015)


* The EU, Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP)(effective from 2014) which introduced new import tariffs for products from developing countries will have influenced EU trade. Countries that were excluded from paying import tariffs, such as Brazil and China, no longer benefit from this scheme. However, countries which still fall under the GSP scheme such Bangladesh, Cambodia and Pakistan have benefited from the scheme.

** EU Exports include the re-exports i.e. imported products, which are exported to other (mainly other EU) countries.

Do return to this page as we will be regularly updating it with the latest Footwear Industry Stats. If you have a slick Footwear Industry statistic to share with us, please do comment below.
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