Assocalzaturifici is the national association representing industrial shoemakers in Italy. It has about 600 member companies and represents the excellence of Italian footwear. The footwear sector as a whole employs over 70,000 people, exports 85% of its production and has an overall annual turnover that in 2019, pre-Covid, was around 14.3 billion euros.
It pursues its Mission by participating in the development of Italian society, contributing to the rise of an innovative, international, sustainable business model capable of promoting economic, social, civil and cultural growth and development in Italy. The association is active in a number of arenas at the national and international levels, supplying strategic and innovative Services.
In March 2017 Assocalzaturifici joined Confindustria Moda, a federation bringing together textiles, fashion and accessories companies to act as ambassadors of the excellence of Italian manufacturing industry, reinforcing the specific mission of each of its member associations by offering cross-cutting services such as legal consultancy, management of industrial relations and a study office, with a focus on issues of specific interest such as prevention of copyright infringement, distribution, and trade union relations.
Italian footwear sector
Despite the serious consequences induced by the pandemic, Italy is the leading shoe manufacturing country in the European Union (with 130.7 million pairs produced); holds thirteenth place amongst world-wide footwear manufacturing countries in volume terms.
It is the eighth exporting country in the world in volume, but the third in terms of value.
[2020 data, WorldFootwearYearbook 2021 edition].
Italy has always been the undisputed leader among manufacturers of luxury and high level shoes having a high fashion content.
European Footwear Confederation
C.E.C. – European Footwear Confederation – is the organization that officially represents the footwear industry in the European Union, promoting its interests and values.
A sector with 21 thousand companies, 278 thousand direct employees and a turnover of 27.5 billion euros.