India Sourcing: Footwear 2017

 

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India Sourcing: Footwear 2017 Sector highlights

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  • The country is among the world's largest producers of footwear.

  • Domestic availability of raw materials is one of the industry's main advantages.

  • There are about 15,000 SMEs in the unorganized sector.


  • Most raw materials are sourced domestically.

  • Footwear production is mostly semi-mechanized.

  • Models with colorful embroidery or prints are growing in number.


  • Suppliers will keep prices at current levels or cap increases at 10 percent in coming months.

  • Fifty percent of surveyed companies expect overseas sales to remain flat in the next 12 months.

  • Upcoming releases will include models with better fit, breathability or durability.


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India Sourcing: Footwear 2017

• Casual shoes • Formal shoes • Sports shoes • Children’s shoes

Our team has visited all India manufacturers featured here to verify their export capability. Each has a website on GlobalSources.com with full company details, product images with specifications, manufacturing capability and complete contact details.

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Below is a selection of products from our featured suppliers. Click on the images to find more products and supplier information.

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India Sourcing: Footwear 2017 Industry overview

India Sourcing: Footwear Industry Overview

India Sourcing: Footwear 2017

• Casual shoes • Formal shoes • Sports shoes • Children’s shoes

This section discusses key issues affecting export manufacturers in India, offering insight into industry composition and important supply centers.

India footwear exportsCompetitive advantagesChallengesIndustry composition
  • India is one of the world's largest producers of footwear.

  • The US, the UK, Germany, France and Italy were the top importers of India footwear in 2016.

  • More than two-thirds of exported products are footwear with leather uppers.


  • Having access to a large workforce is also an advantage for the labor-intensive industry.

  • India accounts for more than 10 percent of global leather output.

  • The country has policies and programs that support footwear manufacturers.


  • India footwear suppliers face fierce competition in the domestic and international market.

  • Rising labor costs are among the factors threatening the industry’s competitiveness against China and other footwear-producing countries in Asia.

  • Fierce competition and higher costs have resulted in slim margins that leave many SMEs with limited funds to invest in research, product development and promotion.


  • There are about 15,000 SMEs in the unorganized sector.

  • Small companies, which have 10 to 50 employees, can produce up to 6,000 pairs monthly.

  • Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra are among the production hubs for footwear.


India footwear suppliers are taking advantage of having most raw materials available domestically to offer a wide range of products at competitive prices. Production is still oriented primarily toward the domestic market, but makers are also keen to increase their penetration overseas.

In 2015, the country was the second largest manufacturer after China, accounting for nearly 10 percent of the global output of 22 billion pairs, according to a Dec. 6, 2016, post on the website of APICCAPS, the Portuguese Footwear, Components and Leather Goods Manufacturers’ Association.

Less than 10 percent of the industry’s output is sent overseas. In 2016, India’s exports of footwear and related parts under HS code 64 amounted to nearly $2.75 billion, according to data from DESA/UNSD, United Nations Comtrade database. This represented a dip of less than 1 percent from 2015 exports, and was attributed to weaker demand from Europe, the industry’ largest overseas market.

The US, the UK, Germany, France and Italy were the top five importers of footwear from India in 2016. Together, these markets accounted for 55 percent of exports in terms of value.

India Footwear Industry Overview Exports

More than two-thirds of overseas sales came from footwear with leather uppers. Models with outer soles and uppers made of rubber or plastic accounted for 11 percent and designs with textile uppers accounted for 9 percent.

Competitive advantages

India is home to approximately 20 percent of the world’s cattle and buffalo population and more than 10 percent of the goat and pig population. The country produces over 2 billion square feet of leather each year, accounting for about 13 percent of global output, according to information posted on the Make in India website.

Having access to a large workforce is also an advantage for the labor-intensive industry. India’s working age population was 0.86 billion in 2015, according to the 2016 Asia-Pacific Regional Human Development Report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The country’s workforce includes not only workers for the shop floor but designers as well.

India also has policies and programs supporting footwear manufacturers. The government’s national manufacturing policy, for example, has identified leather as a special focus sector for growth and jobs creation. The leather industry is de-licensed, “facilitating expansion on modern lines with state-of-the-art machinery and equipment,” according to information on the Make in India website.

In line with this, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) is implementing the Indian Leather Development Program (ILDP), which has six sub-schemes: Human Resource Development; Support to Artisan; Mega Leather Cluster; Integrated Development of Leather Sector; Leather Technology, Innovation and Environmental Issues; and Establishment of Institutional Facilities.

India will be launching a scheme to promote the growth of the leather and footwear sector and create employment. This initiative will be similar to the existing scheme for textiles and apparels, which was announced in 2016, Press Trust of India reported in February 2017, citing Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Challenges

India suppliers face fierce competition in the domestic and international market, especially from China, the world’s largest producer of footwear. Due to this, companies typically opt to absorb increases in production costs instead of passing it on to customers.

Rising labor costs are among the factors threatening the industry’s competitiveness against China, Vietnam and other footwear-producing countries in Asia. Minimum wages in Delhi, for example, are 36 percent higher than they were in 2016. Monthly minimum wages for unskilled, semiskilled and skilled workers in Delhi are now as follows: 13,350 rupees, 14,698 rupees and 16,282 rupees. Based on the exchange rate as of April 20, 2017, these amount to about $206.06, $226.87 and $251.32, respectively.

Higher raw material costs are also a concern. Amid the cow slaughter ban in several states, cowhide has become more expensive due to the limited domestic supply. This shortfall in supply is also pushing up the cost of buffalo hide, which is the main alternative to cowhide.

To meet their requirements, some big leather exporters are taking advantage of the strength of the rupee against the dollar and are importing the material from Africa, Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand or Australia.

India’s recent demonetization of its 500 and 1,000-rupee notes is also driving companies to raise prices. Due to cash shortage, many SMEs slowed down or temporarily ceased operations as they were unable to hire workers and procure raw materials. Some makers plan on increasing quotes in coming months to recover lost revenue.

Fierce competition, coupled with higher costs, have resulted in thin margins that leave many SMEs with limited funds to invest in market research, product development and promotion.

Industry composition

India’s footwear industry includes approximately 15,000 SMEs operating in the unorganized sector, which accounts for the majority of production, according to the website of India’s Council for Footwear, Leather and Accessories.

Small companies, which have 10 to 50 employees, can produce up to 6,000 pairs monthly. Their annual sales do not exceed $300,000.

Midsize suppliers can employ up to 100 workers and are capable of producing up to 40,000 pairs per month. These companies generate between $1 million and $10 million in sales each year.

Manufacturers with at least 1,000 employees can produce more than 100,000 pairs each month. Total annual sales at these companies reach $100 million.

The major production centers for footwear are the states of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Jaipur, Jammu and Kashmir, and Srinagar.

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The highlighted areas on the map show the locations of the head offices and factories of the footwear suppliers featured in this report.

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India Sourcing: Footwear 2017 Product features

India Sourcing: Footwear Suppliers and Products

India Sourcing: Footwear 2017

• Casual shoes • Formal shoes • Sports shoes • Children’s shoes

This section offers information on how trends in materials, design and manufacturing are impacting prices offered by India footwear suppliers.

Buyers can also learn more about the materials used and the common price ranges of certain designs.

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  • Most raw materials are sourced domestically.

  • Genuine and synthetic leather are the common options for uppers.

  • Makers typically rely on information from clients and the internet to keep up to date with trends in their target markets.


  • Footwear production is mostly semi-mechanized.

  • Embroidery on shoes with fabric uppers is usually outsourced.

  • Suppliers typically have at least three QC personnel.


  • The main price determinants are the materials and design complexity of the product.

  • Trimmings such as studs and beads push up quotes.

  • Features such as puncture-resistant soles and water-resistant uppers also pushes prices up.


Materials & designs

India footwear suppliers adopt genuine leather and its synthetic versions, typically PU or PVC, in most categories.

Buffalo hide, goatskin and sheepskin are the types of leather typically adopted in footwear. These materials are typically obtained from tanneries in the states of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

Cowhide is also an option. While the material can still be sourced domestically, several footwear suppliers import the material from Africa, Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand or Australia amid the cow slaughter ban in several states.

Rubber, often used in soles, is obtained from the states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Kerala. PU, TPR and PVC are sourced from Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

In terms of the design, suppliers offer traditional footwear such as chappals, which are leather slippers, and jutti, a closed-toe shoe. Basic and classic styles are also widely available as these appeal to various markets.

Models with colorful embroidery or prints are growing in number, especially in flip-flops and other kinds of casual footwear. This is in response to demand for comfortable footwear that will complete or accentuate one’s overall look.

Makers typically rely on information from clients and the internet to keep up to date with trends in their target markets. There are large footwear manufacturers, however, that employ as many as 50 designers in product development.

Manufacturing & QC

Footwear production is semi-mechanized, even for suppliers operating on a small scale. Only a few companies produce shoes by hand. The machines used are often imported, typically from China or South Korea.

Most processes are done in-house. Embroidery on shoes with fabric uppers is typically outsourced to local sewers.

The raw materials for the uppers are cut to specifications using industrial scissors or knives, or cutting dies. The soles are made using sole-cutting machines.

The components of the uppers are stitched together by hand or using sewing machines. The completed uppers are molded into the shape of a foot using wooden, plastic or metal lasts. Soles are glued or cemented to the uppers, and edges are trimmed using knives. The shoes then undergo buffing, staining, polishing and other types of finishing.

Footwear suppliers follow specifications by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). Most companies have at least three QC personnel.

Pricing

Most products are positioned in the low end or midrange. Pricing depends mainly on the materials used and the complexity of the design. Models that adopt synthetic leather, for instance, are generally less expensive than versions made of genuine leather.

Studs, beads and other embellishments push up quotes. In sports shoes, puncture-resistant soles, water-resistant uppers and other special features also pushes prices up.

Products below $16 include women’s slip-ons made of synthetic leather. These may come with or without heels.

Men’s dress shoes below $16 have synthetic leather uppers and PU soles. Slip-ons and laced styles are available.

For sports shoes, products priced below $16 include running shoes which use PU, PVC or synthetic leather in the uppers. Models typically have EVA soles.

In children’s shoes, boots with plastic uppers and TPR soles are available for less than $5. More expensive options have synthetic or genuine leather uppers and rubber soles.

Flip-flops made of plastic or rubber are also sold for less than $4. Models between $5 and $22 include genuine leather types.

Price guide

Price guide: Casual shoes
Less than $3
Single-strap type; synthetic leather uppers; no heels; with minimal embellishments
$3 to $7
Single-strap type; synthetic leather uppers; with heels; embroidered design
More than $7
Double-strap type; genuine leather uppers; with heels; beaded design
 

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India Footwear product features Typical Components of women’s sandals

Price guide: Men's dress shoes
Less than $7
Slip-ons; synthetic leather uppers; PU soles; no heels
$7 to $30
Slip-ons or laced shoes; synthetic leather or suede uppers; PU soles; some with heels
More than $30
Laced shoes; synthetic or genuine leather uppers; PU, or synthetic or genuine leather soles; some with heels

India sourcing footwear product features Typical Components of girl's ankle boots

 
Price guide: Sports shoes
Less than $5
PU, mesh and canvas uppers; EVA soles, solid color
$5 to $11
PU, mesh and canvas, or PVC, mesh and synthetic leather uppers; EVA soles; solid or multiple colors
More than $11
Genuine leather, PU, PVC and mesh uppers; EVA soles; solid or multiple colors

India sourcing footwear product features Typical Components of basketball shoes

 
Price guide: Children's shoes
Less than $5
Plastic uppers; TPR soles; with zipper or shoelaces; minimal prints
$5 to $8
Synthetic leather uppers; rubber soles; with shoelaces; cartoon prints
More than $8
Genuine or synthetic leather uppers; rubber soles; with shoelaces or fabric fasteners; cartoon prints
 

India sourcing footwear product features Typical Components of children's boots

India Sourcing: Footwear 2017 Supplier survey

India Sourcing: Footwear Supplier Survey

India Sourcing: Footwear 2017

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To give buyers first-hand information from active footwear exporters in India, we have surveyed the manufacturers featured on this site.

The 12 companies surveyed reflect the composition of the India footwear industry in terms of company size, geographic location, product range offered and materials used.

Export pricesExport markets & salesProduct trendsChallenges
  • In the coming months, suppliers will keep prices at current levels or cap increases at 10 percent.

  • Makers will be implementing price adjustments to recover losses resulting from the recent demonetization scheme.

  • Companies are keeping prices the same to stay competitive against competitors in China and Vietnam.


  • Fifty percent of surveyed companies expect overseas sales to remain flat in the next 12 months.

  • Forty-two percent of suppliers expect sales to increase up to 10 percent due to procurement of better materials.

  • More than 30 percent of survey respondents intend to boost exports to the Asia-Pacific region.


  • Upcoming releases will include models with better fit, breathability or durability.

  • Suppliers will also be expanding selections of basic and simple designs.

  • Colorful patterns will also be a trend in upcoming releases.


  • Price competition is the main concern of many companies.

  • Some companies are having difficulty retaining and finding skilled workers.

  • Complying with international standards is another challenge for the industry, especially for suppliers that have only started exporting.


Export prices

India footwear suppliers are keeping price increases to a minimum to keep their quotes competitive with those of manufacturers in China, Vietnam and other production hubs in Asia. Among surveyed suppliers, 50 percent intend to keep prices at current levels in the next six months.

The remaining respondents plan to raise quotes. Of these companies, one-third will cap increases at 5 percent and the rest see adjustments ranging from 6 to 10 percent.

Suppliers will be implementing price increases to recover losses resulting from India’s recent demonetization initiative. Higher labor and raw material costs were also cited as a reason for projected adjustments in quotes.

Export markets & sales

Many companies expect overseas sales to remain flat in the next 12 months amid economic uncertainty in several markets, including Europe and the US. Of the companies interviewed for this report, 50 percent are not anticipating any export growth.

Forty-two percent of the survey respondents are projecting growth of up to 10 percent, and the rest are anticipating increases in export sales to exceed 20 percent. Companies which recently sent samples to potential clients are optimistic of receiving orders for the products. Additionally, with most raw materials procured domestically instead of imported, several suppliers have improved production lead times and are confident of attracting and accommodating more clients are orders.

Survey respondents will be strengthening existing client relationships or attracting more customers in markets they are already familiar with. For 33 percent of companies, this means boosting exports to the Asia-Pacific region.

Europe and North America are expected to remain key destinations for India-made footwear. Among surveyed suppliers, 25 percent will be directing marketing efforts to Europe and 17 percent intend to focus on North America.

For 50 percent of the surveyed companies, product development efforts will revolve around models with better fit, breathability or durability. Many are looking to use genuine leather to improve the durability of their products.

A number of India manufacturers will also be expanding their selections of basic and simple designs, as well as products with colorful prints or embroidery. Products using environment-friendly materials such as vegetable dyes and bamboo fabric lining are also anticipated.

Challenges

Price competition in the domestic market and overseas is the main challenge for most footwear suppliers. Wary of raising prices and losing clients to competitors, makers are sacrificing margins to limit adjustments in quotes despite higher production costs.

Some survey respondents are having difficulty finding skilled workers such as cutters and sewers. Low wages coupled with a harsh working environment dissuading people from staying and entering the industry. To encourage employee retention, some suppliers such as Schon Fashions provide skills training programs.

Complying with international standards is also a challenge because most suppliers in the industry focus on the domestic market. A number of suppliers have only recently begun exporting and are therefore not familiar with the requirements of overseas markets.

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