Sector

Key Facts and Figures

European shoes are recognised worldwide as a distinctive symbol of traditional values combined with high quality products.

The best indicator is the value of exports: 9 out of top 15 exporters are European i.e. Italy (3rd), Germany (4th), Belgium (5th), Netherlands (7th), France (8th), Spain (9th), Portugal (11th), United Kingdom (12th), and Poland (15th).

Italy and Portugal account for 18,9% of global leather footwear exports.

In 2017, the European Footwear Sector was represented by 21.000 companies and 278,593 direct employees.

EU exports to third countries having increased by 51% in quantity and 125% in value from 2009 until 2018.

As regards continental flows, intra-European trade represents one third of the world footwear trade.

 

Employment data in EU28

Source: Eurostat, February 2018

  • 27 303 2017
  • 27 142 2016
  • 27 077 2015
  • 27 000 2014
  • 26 110 2013
  • 25 246 2012

Turnover (million Euros)

  • 278 593 2017
  • 286 651 2016
  • 287 371 2015
  • 293 583 2014
  • 288 100 2013
  • 288 500 2012

Number of people employed

  • 21 000 2017
  • 20 300 2016
  • 20 600 2015
  • 21 000 2014
  • 20 337 2013
  • 20 695 2012

Number of enterprises