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The footwear sector is a diverse industry which covers a wide variety of materials (textile, plastics, rubber or leather) and products from different types of men’s, women’s and children’s footwear to more specialised products, like snowboard boots and protective footwear. This diversity of end products corresponds to a multitude of industrial processes, enterprises or market structures.

The European Footwear Industry consists of a large number of small enterprises most of which are located in regions with little industrial diversity.  The geographical concentration of the sector, its high labour-intensifies and its considerable price-sensitivity towards low-price imports produce a situation in which the slightest fluctuation in the level of economic activity has major regional and social repercussions.

Further information on the footwear industry can also be found on the Commission's enterprise website.