US-based consumers bought the most shoes per capita in 2013, according to a report by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). Each individual (children are included) bought 7 ½ pairs of shoes.
"This is more than any other country in the world," said AAFA CEO Juanita Duggan.
“Apparel and footwear contributed a record $361 billion to the US economy in 2013, a bigger contribution than new cars, alcohol, toys, or practically any other industry."
The rebound in Made in US clothes and shoes, first seen in 2011, continued with US manufacturing of clothes up 6.2% and shoes up 8.5%.
"AAFA's ongoing manufacturing initiative helped our members succeed and grow, not only in the US market, but in selling US-made clothes and shoes around the world," said Ms Duggan.
Despite this growth, 98% of shoes sold in the US are imported mainly from China.
"The fact remains that the US apparel and footwear market is dependent on international trade," commented Duggan. "Therefore, we call on Congress and the Obama administration to take immediate action on long-pending trade legislation and trade agreements to help the industry's 4 million workers, and the country's 316 million consumers."
Information courtesy of China Leather Web