Footwear is an article used to cover the feet. The main purpose of footwear is to provide protection to the feet from hard and rough surfaces as well as climatic and environmental exposures. Different materials used in making footwear are leather, plastic, rubber, textiles and wood. Footwear can be categorized on the basis of their design and usage. We have a range of designer shoes available in the market like traditional jootis, casual sandals, stylish boots and sports shoes. This section gives detailed information about the fashion footwear and is also linked to manufacturers and wholesale suppliers directory. The different types of footwear available in the market can be classified as
A shoe is a form of footwear shaped to fit the foot below the ankle with a flexible upper of leather or plastic and a sole and heel of heavier material. Some shoes are specially designed for athletes and other players, and they are called sports shoes like basketball shoes, running shoes, sneakers and training shoes.
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A boot is a type of shoe that that covers at least the foot and the ankle and sometimes extends up to the knee. The different types of boots are ankle boots, leather boots, rain boots, riding boot, sports boot etc.
Materials used for making footwear are leather, plastic, rubber, textiles and wood. China is the largest manufacturer of shoes with a share of 56% in production. Its share in exports is 23% of the total. Italy, Taiwan and USA are the other leading manufacturers of shoes.
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Sandals are open shoes and are held to the wearer's foot by straps or thongs. Different types of sandals available in the market are canvas sandals, leather sandals, plastic sandals, rubber sandals, sports sandals etc. People may choose to wear sandals for several reasons, among them economy, comfort in warm weather, and for reasons of fashion and attractiveness are most prominent.
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Footwear accessories refer to the different components, which are used either to make footwear more stylish or to make them more comfortable. These accessories are made of materials like metals, rubber, wood, leather and textiles. The different types of footwear accessories are insoles, legging, shoe buckles, shoelaces, soles etc.
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The overall fashion footwear industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. The leading brands of fashion footwear are Nike, Reebok and Adidas. Research and development is being conducted all over the world to make more comfortable and lightweight shoes. The leading markets for footwear are USA, Hong Kong, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Japan and Belgium and the leading exporters of footwear are China, Italy, Hong Kong, Belgium, Germany, Spain and Brazil. You can browse through a list of the manufacturers and suppliers of fashion footwear and can also post queries to the suppliers directly through an inquiry form provided to you.