Ontario alone is home to around 950 shoe stores, the highest number of shoe stores in any Canadian province. In 2021, shoe stores in Canada generated retail sales amounting to almost 3.3 billion Canadian dollars. This was an improvement on the previous year, but retail in 2020 was heavily affected by lockdown measures imposed in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The 2021 figure was still almost 900 million Canadian dollars behind the sales in 2019.
One footwear segment which has been increasing in popularity is athletic footwear. Over the past years, the segment has seen an increase in the total footwear market share across men’s, women’s, and children’s shoes. This reflects the general trend of the increasing popularity of activewear in day-to-day fashion. Sales of men’s athletic footwear in Canada are consistently highest in the second half of the year and have been increasing yearly. Sales reached their highest levels in the third quarter of 2021, as did the sales of women’s athletic shoes.
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