The footwear sector is part of a very diverse industry, which brings together a large number of materials and products, from general types of footwear for men, women and children to more specialised products. This enormous diversity of products is the result of different industrial processes, companies and markets. The footwear industry has undergone an important transformation in recent years, which has allowed it to significantly improve its level of competitiveness.
Shoes, a little history
Ever since human beings have inhabited the Earth, they have protected their feet with skins and vegetables, but it was not until the Industrial Revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries that we began to talk about the footwear industry, which was consolidated by integrating labour into its production, the numbering of footwear as we know it today and the creation of specialised factories.
Footwear emerged as a necessity for human beings, but today, it is also an essential product within the world of fashion. Women's shoes, men's shoes, kids shoes, children's shoes, leather shoes, sustainable models, casual, urban or sports style; an endless number of categories that make up an industry that includes design, manufacture, distribution, marketing and sale of footwear of any design, material, style.
A consolidated industry
The footwear industry is a highly diversified industry and includes various industrial processes, companies and market structures. The footwear sector is not just about selling in shoe shops or large platforms, but, before reaching the point of sale, there is a large production chain that includes the supply of raw materials, design, cutting of materials, dressmaking and manufacturing, production itself and distribution.
Over the years, it has also managed to maintain the values of tradition and has created a perfect synthesis between sophistication, quality, comfort and value for money.
Spain has its own very characteristic footwear industry, which began in the region of Medio Vinalopó in Alicante in the mid-19th century. With the effort and perseverance of all the members of the production chain, at the end of that same century Spain already had a consolidated and mechanized leading industry.
It is a market built by the efforts of families with a tradition in the production of handmade footwear, as well as by SMEs and more consolidated brands, which have joined forces to ensure that this sector continues to grow and improve. Thus, in this sense, the main value of it lies in the union of quality and design, without forgetting fashion trends and technological progress.
Likewise, in spite of the artisan tradition that characterizes this market, technology has meant a great alliance to convert footwear into a powerful and consolidated industry.
In this sense, the online market has adopted global digital strategies with a high quality of customer service, always taking into account its capacity for renewal and vanguard.
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Fairs in IFEMA
Due to all these characteristics, at IFEMA, Feria de Madrid, we are committed to creating and strengthening commercial relations at fairs such as MOMAD, the International Textile, Footwear and Accessories Show; and the Mercedes-benz Fashion Week Madrid (MBFWM), the great catwalk of Spanish fashion.
This is a very diversified market and thanks to these footwear fairs the industry has the opportunity to meet, join forces and continue to make this an industry with its own character and a consolidated market full of opportunities.