Exports of footwear from India remain strong in light of the generally improving global economy and the emergence of new overseas markets. These developments are expected to solidify further the country’s distinction as the world’s second-biggest producer in the line.
The US and the Middle East are the key destinations driving demand. Short-term forecasts indicate the EU to continue being the industry’s largest foreign market in spite of the financial problems faced by a number of economies in the region.
The sector boasts a number of strengths that have aided in its development. The most important of these is the domestic availability of raw leather, which is itself one of India’s leading manufacturing sectors. Robust OEM capability attracts numerous global brands to partner with local enterprises.
This report focuses on the main types of footwear from India – casual, formal, sports and children’s shoes.