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Footwear purchase trend in the United Kingdom (UK) 2005-2019

Consumer spending on footwear in the UK demonstrated a gradual annual increase since 2005. In 2019, expenditure on footwear was worth 10.9 billion British pounds, which was an increase on 2018. Most recent data on UK households shows that majority of footwear purchases took place in outlets, including online channels of large supermarket chains.

Physical stores for footwear lose out

Spending on footwear goes up every year in the UK, but the number of retail stores for footwear displays the opposite trend. In the past 10 years, more than 800 enterprises selling footwear and leather goods in the UK disappeared. Considering the share of retail sales made online in this segment, the decline in the number of stores doesn’t come as a surprise.

Online shopping for footwear

Consumers move towards online in their footwear purchases, and for reasons other than mere convenience. A survey conducted in 2018 in the UK revealed that a wider variety of available products and cheaper prices were what gave online shopping an advantage over physical stores in the eyes of consumers.

Annual expenditure on footwear in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2005 to 2019, based on volume*

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Release date

March 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2005 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Household final consumption expenditure based on chained volume measures (seasonally adjusted). Figures are given here in volume terms rather than value terms to give a better picture of whether households purchased more or less goods and services over the period in consideration.

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