World Footwear


Footwear industry with optimistic expectations for the future

Premium ContentJan 18, 2024 / Business Conditions Survey
In the latest edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey, our panel members predicted an increase of 7.3% in footwear prices over the next six months. Get free access to the report with the main conclusions

Deborah Taylor from SLF: leather has a sustainable future

Premium ContentDec 26, 2023 / World
We continued our conversation with Deborah Taylor, Managing Director of the Sustainable Leather Foundation (SLF), around the misconceptions that surround the leather industry and how education, communication, innovation and responsibility can help us move forward

Overturned veto on payroll tax exemption cheers the Brazilian footwear sector

Dec 21, 2023 / Brazil
The overturning of President Lula’s veto of the bill to extend the payroll tax exemption until 2027 in the National Congress on the 14th of December has lifted the spirits of the footwear sector

VF Corp cuts 500 jobs

Dec 13, 2023 / United States
The owner of Vans, The North Face and Timberland has announced that it has fired 500 employees worldwide as it seeks to restructure its business and improve operations globally

Brazilian footwear industry regrets presidential veto to maintain payroll tax exemption

Nov 27, 2023 / Brazil
National footwear manufacturers were surprised by President Lula da Silva's veto to maintain the payroll tax exemption policy and expect a loss of 20 000 jobs in 2024 in the industry

Clarks to cut 103 jobs

Nov 23, 2023 / United Kingdom
The difficult economic conditions and the cost-of-living crisis, which are having a negative impact on the British footwear retailer’s results, are believed to be the cause of these cuts

National footwear support programme approved in Argentina

Oct 30, 2023 / Argentina
A bill proposing the creation of a promotion scheme for the footwear industry was approved by the Lower House, with 127 votes in favour, passing on to the Senate

Meet the speakers of the upcoming Word Footwear Congress

Oct 30, 2023 / World Footwear Congress 2023
As the World Footwear Congress draws closer, we give you some more details about the speakers, who will be debating new business solutions, sustainability and circularity, and the future of labour

Istanbul will be the venue of the upcoming edition of the World Footwear Congress

Oct 19, 2023 / World Footwear Congress 2023
As the 6th largest footwear manufacturer in the world, Türkiye will host the next World Footwear Congress, focusing on new business solutions, sustainability and circularity, and the future of labour

Bottega Veneta is launching an academy to preserve craftsmanship

Oct 19, 2023 / Italy
The Kering-owned Italian label is establishing the Accademia Labor et Ingenium, a school that reinforces its commitment to supporting and developing artisanal craftsmanship

Birkenstock's new shoe factory starts up

Sep 22, 2023 / Germany
The German footwear company announced that its new facility located near Pasewalk, in Northeast Germany, has started operating according to schedule, just 17 months into the construction period

Another round of lay-offs at Pou Chen in Vietnam

Sep 5, 2023 / Vietnam
The Baoyuan Vietnam shoe factory, which is run by Yue Yuen, a subsidiary of Pou Chen Corp, has laid off 1 221 people at the end of August. Since the beginning of 2023, around 10 000 jobs have been cut

Global footwear consumption to increase in 2023

Premium ContentJul 20, 2023 / Business Conditions Survey
In this edition of the Business Conditions survey, we asked our panel of experts about their expectations about footwear consumption in 2023. Read the main conclusions here

Online Business Marketing Tools gain Importance after COVID-19

Premium ContentJul 18, 2023 / Business Conditions Survey
In this edition of the Business Conditions survey, we asked our panel of experts to evaluate the importance of different business-to-business marketing tools for footwear businesses compared to the pre-pandemic period

Wave of layoffs continues in Vietnam

Jul 14, 2023 / Vietnam
An estimated 217 800 people have lost their jobs in Vietnam in the second quarter of 2023 due to the significant decline in orders since the end of 2022, says the General Statistics Office (GSO)
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