Footwear industry


Major brands, manufacturers and products available on the footwear market including the different types of shoes, components and materials used.

Alternative labels

footwear trade
footwear manufacture
the footwear industry
footwear business
footwear corporation

Skill type


Skill reusability level


Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Footwear industry is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Shoe and leather accessories shop manager: Shoe and leather accessories shop managers assume responsibility for activities and staff in specialised shops.
Import export specialist in clothing and footwear: Import export specialists in clothing and footwear have and apply deep knowledge of import and export goods including customs clearance and documentation.

Optional knowledge

Footwear industry is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Footwear production machine operator: Footwear production machine operators tend specific machines in the industrial production of footwear. They operate machinery for lasting, cutting, closing, and finishing footwear products. They also perform routine maintenance of the machinery.
Specialised seller: Specialised sellers sell goods in specialised shops.
Import export specialist: Import export specialists have and apply deep knowledge of import and export goods including customs clearance and documentation. They declare goods that cross the border, inform customers about customs and give advice concerning disputes related to customs legislation. They prepare the documents needed and make sure they are delivered to customs. They check and process duty and make sure VAT payments are done as applicable.
Shoe and leather accessories specialised seller: Shoe and leather accessories specialised sellers sell footwear in specialised shops.
Product assembly inspector: Product assembly inspectors evaluate products for compliance with specifications and defects in-line with clients’ requirements and organisational policies. They use measuring and testing equipment to ensure conformity to engineering and manufacturing specifications, quality, and safety standards and regulations. They also provide detailed inspection documentation and recommend action where problems are discovered.
Footwear production supervisor: Footwear production supervisors monitor and coordinate day-to-day production activities of a footwear manufacturing plant. They oversee quality control to ensure that the end product is in alignment with production specifications, and manage the footwear staff. The work also involves negotiations with suppliers as well as taking care of the production plan and production costs.
Hawker: Hawkers sell goods and services on established routes, street and market locations.
Market vendor: Market vendors sell products such as fruit, vegetables and household products on organised outdoor or indoor market places. They use sales techniques to recommend their goods to passersby.




  1. Footwear industry – ESCO


Last updated on September 20, 2022

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