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Leading 10 global footwear consumers in 2019, by country

China was the world’s leading consumer of footwear, with around 4.14 billion pairs of shoes bought in 2019. Footwear is a life necessity on par with housing, food, water, and other clothing, as such it is of little surprise that China tops the list of footwear consumers as it had the highest number of inhabitants on the planet as of 2019. In fact, the leading countries in terms of footwear consumption mirrored the most populated countries worldwide.

What is footwear?

Footwear provides support as well as protection to one's feet from the various surfaces walked upon, be they: uneven, coarse, or sharp surfaces. Previous generations may have survived with one or two pairs of functional footwear, however nowadays most people have a collection of footwear to meet various criteria and needs. Formal, casual, athletic: footwear comes in a wide variety of shapes, styles, colors, and sizes. Footwear products are commonly made of leather, textile, and a range of synthetic materials.

Who are the leading footwear producers in the world?

China led the world in footwear production in 2019, with a total of approximately 13.5 billion pairs of shoes produced. China, India, Vietnam, and Indonesia are leaders in footwear production, which highlights the domination of the Asia Pacific (APAC) region in this industry. These countries accounted for over 75 percent of footwear production worldwide as of 2019.

Leading 10 global footwear consumers in 2019, by country

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