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Footwear Manufacturing in the US

  • Published: May 2014
  • Region: United States
  • 10 pages
  • First Research

Brief Excerpt from Industry Overview Chapter:

Companies in this industry make footwear, including athletic, casual, and dress shoes as well as boots, sandals, and slippers. Major companies include NIKE, Skechers USA, and Timberland (all based in the US), along with Adidas (Germany), Asics (Japan), Puma (Germany), Reebok (UK), and Yue Yuen (China), a subsidiary of Pou Chen (Taiwan).

Worldwide, about $120 billion worth of footwear is exported annually, according to the International Trade Centre. Top exporting nations are China, Italy, Vietnam, and Germany.

The US footwear manufacturing industry consists of about 250 manufacturers with sales of about $2 billion. Many of the major shoe companies in the US are mainly owners of brand names that contract to have shoes made by independent manufacturers in other countries. Some large US producers, like New Balance, make a substantial share of their shoes in the US; some smaller operations manufacture all their shoes in the US.


Demand is driven by fashion and demographics. The profitability of individual companies depends on their ability to design and market attractive shoe models. Big READ MORE >

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