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Sportswear industry in France - statistics & facts

Sports shoes, with modern use largely exceeding their original purpose, represent a very lucrative market in France. Although the first sneakers, created in 1868 thanks to the technique of rubber vulcanization, were originally designed for sports, and in particular basketball, they have now become multipurpose shoes that people wear in the city, in the country and even on catwalks.

In 2019, 324,000 pairs of athletic shoes were produced in France. This category accounted for almost one fifth of the French budget spent on sports-related goods: household spending on sports shoes accounted for nearly 2.5 billion euros in 2019. Another important spending item was sportswear. French people who regularly practice sports spent an average of 120 euros per year for women and 150 euros for men on sportswear. Moreover, the youngest were the ones who spent the most on this type of clothing. In addition, French people practicing sports were not the only ones to buy sportswear: people not doing sports spent almost 90 euros per year on sportswear in 2019.

This figure clearly shows the growing importance of the sportswear trend among the French. While this type of clothing was originally dedicated to sports, sportswear is now at the center of people's clothing practices. According to a study conducted in 2018, more than half of people used sportswear in their daily lives. The porosity between the primary use reserved for sport and the wearing in daily life is indeed important. For example, more than 60 percent of French people wore sweatshirts in their daily lives, and more than half wore T-shirts, down jackets and sweatpants.

Regarding purchasing channels, most French people favored multi-sport stores, whether they were buying items dedicated to sports or sportswear for everyday life. For the latter type of item, it appears that general fashion stores, such as Zara or H&M, were competing with stores dedicated to sporting goods. A good number of them - if not the majority - now offer sportswear collections.

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Sportswear industry in France - statistics & facts

Sports shoes, with modern use largely exceeding their original purpose, represent a very lucrative market in France. Although the first sneakers, created in 1868 thanks to the technique of rubber vulcanization, were originally designed for sports, and in particular basketball, they have now become multipurpose shoes that people wear in the city, in the country and even on catwalks.

In 2019, 324,000 pairs of athletic shoes were produced in France. This category accounted for almost one fifth of the French budget spent on sports-related goods: household spending on sports shoes accounted for nearly 2.5 billion euros in 2019. Another important spending item was sportswear. French people who regularly practice sports spent an average of 120 euros per year for women and 150 euros for men on sportswear. Moreover, the youngest were the ones who spent the most on this type of clothing. In addition, French people practicing sports were not the only ones to buy sportswear: people not doing sports spent almost 90 euros per year on sportswear in 2019.

This figure clearly shows the growing importance of the sportswear trend among the French. While this type of clothing was originally dedicated to sports, sportswear is now at the center of people's clothing practices. According to a study conducted in 2018, more than half of people used sportswear in their daily lives. The porosity between the primary use reserved for sport and the wearing in daily life is indeed important. For example, more than 60 percent of French people wore sweatshirts in their daily lives, and more than half wore T-shirts, down jackets and sweatpants.

Regarding purchasing channels, most French people favored multi-sport stores, whether they were buying items dedicated to sports or sportswear for everyday life. For the latter type of item, it appears that general fashion stores, such as Zara or H&M, were competing with stores dedicated to sporting goods. A good number of them - if not the majority - now offer sportswear collections.

Interesting statistics

In the following 6 chapters, you will quickly find the 50 most important statistics relating to "Sportswear industry in France".

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