According to FICE, the Federation of Spanish Footwear Industries, the value of footwear exports has fallen in the first trimester of the year, compared to similar period in 2016. Volume of exports up by 3.4%

According to FICE, the Federation of Spanish Footwear Industries, the value of footwear exports has fallen in the first trimester of the year, compared to similar period in 2016. Volume of exports up by 3.4%

In the first three months of the year, Spain exported 48 million pairs of shoes, with total value of 834.4 million euros, reflecting a 1.1% decline in value and a growth of 3.4% in volume.
The UE markets are still the main destination for Spanish footwear, receiving a total of 37.8 million pairs with a total value of 624.6 million euros and representing 78.8% of total exports. France (158.2 million euros), Italy (114.4 million euros) and Germany (80.5 million euros) make up the top 3 buyers ranking.

Notwithstanding this position, exports to the EU markets fell by 3.8% in value in the period. In the opposite direction, exports to non-EU markets grew by 8.6% in value. Exports to no EU markets already reached 209.37 million euros.

The United States are the main destination outside the EU and the fourth largest market for Spanish footwear, with a share of 7% in total exports. During the first three months of the year, a total of 1.6 million pairs valued at 57.7 million euros were exported to the United States.

Amongst the 40 largest destinations for Spanish footwear, the United States pay the second highest average price per pair (36.58 euros), just behind buyers from Hong Kong (41.97 euros).

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Outdoor Footwear

The organisers of the OutDoor exhibition in Friedrichshafen, which this year takes place from June 18-21, have said they anticipate a high level of visitor interest in new outdoor footwear collections.

According to research from the European Outdoor Group, footwear is responsible for more than 25% of the outdoor industry’s total turnover and current trends suggest enthusiasts now own four pairs of outdoor shoes or boots.

Outdoor footwear is more than just hiking shoes,” the exhibition organisers said in the build-up to OutDoor. “It means multifunctional shoes for everyday use and travelling, sporty shoes for trail-running or workouts, sandals for summer, warm footwear for winter and footwear for a range of other activities.”

Valentin Strohmaier, marketing manager at Mammut, said at the same time that customers today expect higher levels of functionality from outdoor brands than they do from mainstream shoes, but insisted that shoes or boots with the right levels of “multifunctionality” can be worn in the mountains and in town and that these styles are going to become more and more popular.

A key account manager at Teva, Thomas Kramm, said he and his colleagues have begun to use the term “modern outdoor” to describe shoes of this kind.

From Footwearbiz.com