The Portuguese association of shoe manufacturers APICCAPS published the 13th edition of the international statistical bulletin World Footwear Yearbook for 2023, according to which in 2022 the production and export of shoes worldwide increased by 7,6% and 9%, respectively, and the world production of shoes reached 23,9 billion couples and returned to pre-pandemic levels.
According to the yearbook, the geographic distribution of footwear production has remained relatively unchanged over the past decade: just as in 2010, Asia continues to dominate, producing more than 87% of the world's footwear. That is, almost 9 out of every 10 pairs of shoes are produced in this region.
China is the world's largest footwear producer and managed to slightly increase its share to 2022% in 54,6, reversing the downward trend in output seen in recent years.
China and seven other Asian countries are among the top 2022 shoe manufacturers. Among them, the highest production growth in 10,3 -XNUMX%, was observed in Vietnam.
More than half of footwear consumption comes from the Asian market.
In 2022, Asia's consumption accounted for more than half (53,2%) of the global total, slightly below the continent's share recorded the previous year. North America and Europe account for 15,9% and 14,9%, respectively.
Per capita shoe consumption ranges from 1,4 pairs in Africa to 5,9 pairs in North America.
China remains the leading footwear consumer, although its share of global footwear consumption has declined to 2022% in 17,9. The United States, on the other hand, showed a growth of 12,7%, and regained the 2nd place in the ranking of footwear consumer countries, overtaking India.
The European Union, considered as one region, is
the fourth largest footwear market in the world with a consumption volume of 2 million pairs.
Footwear exports in the world in 2022 grew by 9%, reaching a total of 15,2 billion pairs.
Such figures indicate a recovery in exports after the fall registered as a result of the pandemic. However, exports are still below the record high recorded in 2014 (15,7 billion pairs).
In value terms, global footwear exports soared to a new all-time high of $175,2 billion in 2022, a strong 16,1% year-on-year growth and an impressive 42,9% growth over the past decade.
Although Asian countries account for the largest volume of footwear exports, their share has slightly decreased over the past decade from 85,3% to 83,9%. And the share of exports from European countries, on the contrary, increased from 11,4% to 13,2%.
China accounts for over 60% of total exports. However, over the past decade, its share has declined by more than 10 percentage points. Vietnam has been the main beneficiary of this reduction, significantly increasing its share from 2% to almost 10%.
In 2022, the average export price for a pair of shoes reached $11,54, which is 6,5% more than in 2021 and 38,2% more than in the last decade. As in previous years, rubber-plastic footwear went up most significantly (+14,4%). The export price of leather shoes increased by only 0,8%.
Leather shoes lead the way in terms of export value, accounting for more than one third of export volume, due to the higher price of the product. At the same time, rubber-plastic footwear dominates in terms of export volume in physical terms.
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