Reopening of Gyms and Recreational Facilities Boosts Market Growth during COVID-19 Pandemic

The risk of transmission of the pathogenic coronavirus has sparked innovations in shoe sole sanitizers. A research team from the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) Berhampur, Odisha, India, has developed an affordable ultraviolet-C (UVC) shoe sole sanitizer that was launched during a video conference. As such, COVID-19 has laid great emphasis on the importance of maintaining optimum health. Hence, companies in the footwear market are tapping into business opportunities in eCommerce to meet demands of health conscious individuals.

In addition, the reopening of gyms and other recreational facilities has given an impetus to the growth of the global footwear market during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this growth is being witnessed gradually, since the global economic crisis has directly affected the spending capacities of individuals.

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Upgrade in Technology, Marketing Strategies, and Designs Offsets High Prices of Footwear

The footwear market in India is witnessing an upsurge due to the growing demand for trendy, fancy, and comfortable footwear, especially from the millennial and Gen Z population. However, manufacturers are challenged with high taxes and shortage of skilled labor, which is affecting the overall business cycle. High taxes are difficult to be adjusted in business cycles and ultimately result in additional cost of retail price of footwear paid by the end customer. Hence, Indian manufacturers in the footwear market need to constantly upgrade in terms of technology, changing consumer trends, and marketing styles to stay ahead in the competition and offset the high retail prices of footwear.

Internet First Footwear Brands Pose Stiff Competition to Big Market Players

Apart from the big names in the athletic shoes category such as Nike, Adidas, and Puma, startups in the footwear market are leveraging value-grab opportunities. This is evident since the market is expected to surpass an astonishing revenue of US$ 1.7 Trn by 2030. The trend of Internet first footwear brands is a fast growing phenomena in the footwear market. Startups such as the U.S.-based Allbirds, New York-based Koio, and Tamara Mellon are gaining increased popularity.

Several private label brands are scaling business opportunities through social media and eCommerce sales. The trend of vegan shoes and bags is catering to the niche requirements of buyers.

Sustainable Footwear Manufacturing Lowers Environmental Footprint

The trend of fast fashion has brought manufacturers in the footwear market under the scrutiny of regulatory authorities to lower their environmental footprint. Many individuals are becoming conscious about sustainable and renewable materials used in footwear. Several billion pairs of sneakers are made every year and several million of them end up in landfills. Hence, startups in the footwear market, such as Nothing New, are designing sneakers only made from recycled materials including post-consumer recycled plastic, rubber, fishing nets, and cotton to lower the environmental footprint. As such, the global footwear market is anticipated to surpass the production of ~44,620 million units by the end of 2030.

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Global Innovation Centers Give Way to New Generation Footwear Designs

The footwear market is expected to advance at a robust CAGR of ~8% during the assessment period. This signals that manufacturers are upgrading their production and design capabilities. For instance, in August 2020, Germany-based multinational chemical company BASF announced the launch of its first global innovation center in Taiwan to include interactive footwear exhibits, biomechanics lab, and manufacturing facilities to capitalize on business opportunities.

It has been found that companies in the footwear market are collaborating with chemical companies to innovate in material chemistries to include sustainable production materials. The idea of global innovation centers is grabbing the attention of brands that are bringing footwear professionals, manufacturers, and designers under one roof to co-create new generation footwear. Innovation centers are giving rise to immersive environments that help brands to drive footwear transformations.

Footwear Market: Overview

  • According to Transparency Market Research’s latest research report on the global footwear market for the historical period 2018–2019 and the forecast period 2020–2030, footwear has gained immense popularity in sportswear due to increasing sports activity and advancements in technology. These factors are expected to boost the global footwear market during the forecast period.
  • Footwear protects the user from adverse environments, especially ground texture and temperature. Boots, sneakers, sports shoes, jogging shoes, sandals, and indoor footwear among others, are the different types of footwear available in the market. Footwear is considered a prominent fashion accessory, especially among youngsters and the millennial. Moreover, the increasing demand for trendy, yet comfortable footwear among all age groups is a key factor driving the global footwear market.
  • In terms of revenue, the global footwear market is expected to exceed value of US$ 1.7 Trn by 2030, expanding at a CAGR of ~8% during the forecast period

Increasing Focus on Sportswear: A Key Driver

  • Factors such as rising demand for comfortable footwear and increasing sports activity have significantly increased the focus on sportswear globally. Different international brands are merging sportswear with fashion wear nowadays due to advancements in technology.
  • Massive demand for athletic footwear is seen among non-sportspersons as well due to the increasing participation in sporting activities and changing lifestyles. Major brands are likely to focus on innovation of new footwear design and research & development activities to strengthen their foothold in the global footwear market. Companies are undertaking mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures with local players to expand their product portfolio.
  • Considering all these factors, the impact of this driver is moderate currently and it is expected to rise due to increasing innovation in sports footwear during the forecast period from 2020-2030

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