The global boot market size was valued at USD 32.19 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.8% from 2023 to 2030. Product demand is being driven by factors, such as increasing fashion awareness, rapid industrialization, and the rising number of hikers & mountaineers. Change in consumer preference towards fashionable designs results in increased product sales and as a result growth in the boots market. The COVID-19 pandemic caused significant supply chain disruption that forced manufacturers and major brands to shift their operations online.
Post-pandemic, this shift allowed online footwear sales to gain traction as consumers found online buying to be convenient and time-saving. The industry is mainly driven by the rising number of hikers around the world, changing fashion preferences, and growing industrialization. The market is dominated by small- and medium-scale enterprises, particularly operating in the unorganized market. This market framework can be both an advantage and disadvantage as SMEs are more flexible but lack investment potential. Increasing fashion awareness has been a key demand-driving factor for this industry.
Changing consumer preferences and adaption of fashion trends along with increasing brand awareness have allowed manufacturers to come up with a variety of designs. In addition, the industry has been gaining traction due to rapid industrialization. With an increase in demand for boots due to their durability, comfort, and protection in the working environment has created massive opportunities for market growth. Companies like Timberland offer a range of waterproof work boots that are designed to protect workers.
On the basis of types, the industry has been further categorized into type, distribution channel, and region. The regular boots product segment dominated the industry in 2022 and accounted for the maximum share of more than 20.65% of the overall revenue. The segment is projected to expand further at a steady growth rate retaining the dominant position throughout the forecast period. The primary factor driving the segment's growth is the rising demand for comfortable and durable boots.
Furthermore, the development of advanced 3D printing technology and the growing population among the middle-income class, are likely to boost product demand. On the other hand, the Chelsea boot product segment is expected to register the fastest growth rate between 2023 and 2030. The increasing demand for classic Chelsea boots among millennials is a major factor driving the growth of this segment. Chelsea boots are trendy and always in fashion among the younger population. Due to the growing popularity, many manufacturers offer a wide variety in this product segment.
The offline distribution channel segment dominated the global industry in 2022 and accounted for the maximum share of more than 75.90% of the overall revenue. Retail outlets for boots have always been present in the industry. The rising need for physical examination is a key factor due to which consumers will continue to prefer offline distribution channels. Over the years. with an increase in digitalization. the online distribution channel has gained popularity among footwear consumers.
Owing to the benefits, such as convenience, access to products at any place & any time around the world, and risk-free payment transactions, are the key factors driving the demand for boots on online platforms. It has become important for brands to succeed to mark their presence digitally by allowing their customers to buy boots on their website and partner e-commerce channels.
North America dominated the global industry in 2022 and accounted for the maximum share of more than 38.50% of the overall revenue. Due to the high product demand in countries, such as the U.S. and Canada, North America is the largest regional market and is estimated to remain dominant throughout the forecast period. Furthermore, the presence of leading manufacturers such as Timberland, UGG, Red Wing Shoes, and Wolverine increases product sales, fueling the regional boots market growth.
Due to rising demand for trendy and stylish boots in countries, such as China and India, Asia Pacific is expected to have the highest CAGR of 7.0% from 2023 to 2030. The Indian boots market is expected to grow at a healthy CAGR during the forecast period. A rise in disposable income levels of the middle-income class in APAC’s developing countries will lead to an increase in demand for boots. Furthermore, rapid industrialization and government safety standards for workers will support boosting the demand for work and safety boots.
The global industry is characterized by the presence of several well-established players, such as Timberland LLC, Red Wing Shoe Company, and The Frye Company. These players account for a considerable industry share and have a strong presence across the globe. The global market also comprises small-to-medium-sized and unorganized players. The impact of these established players on the market is quite high as a majority of them have vast distribution networks across the globe to reach out to their large customer base. The key players are focusing on strategic initiatives, such as product launches, acquisitions, collaborations, participation in events, and expansions, to drive revenue growth and reinforce their position in the market. Some of the recent key developments and strategic initiatives carried out by manufacturers are:
In December 2020, VF Corp., the parent company of Timberland, acquired a privately-owned global streetwear brand, Supreme, for USD 2.1 billion. The acquisition will be modestly accretive to VF’s revenue and accelerate VF’s consumer-minded, retail-centric, hyper-digital business model transformation. The collaboration has built a long-standing relationship between Supreme and VF, with Supreme being a regular collaborator with VF’s Vans, The North Face, and Timberland
In March 2022, Wolverine partnered with Halo to launch its limited-edition boot, the Master Chief. The boots are equipped with UltraSpring cushioning midsole for lightweight and outfitted with the number ‘117’ on the exterior heel. The boots are especially designed for Halo fans
In February 2022, Dr, Martens collaborated with A-COLD-WALL. The collection will comprise Dr. Martens’s two classic boots-the Rikard 8-eye boot and the 3-eye shoe. The shoes will have a unique detail of reflective side paneling and A-COLD-WALL branding. The companies have also collaborated in the past.
Some of the key players operating in the global boot market include:
Dr. Martens Airwair
Red Wing Shoe Company
Church & Co. Ltd.
Belstaff International Ltd.
The Frye Company
Market size value in 2023
USD 33.71 billion
Revenue forecast in 2030
USD 50.54 billion
CAGR of 5.8% from 2023 to 2030
Base year for estimation
2017 - 2021
2023 - 2030
Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2023 to 2030
Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Product, distribution channel, region
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central and South America; Middle East and Africa
U.S.; U.K.; Canada; Germany; France; India; China; Australia; Brazil; UAE
Key companies profiled
Timberland LLC; Wolverine Worldwide; Woodland Worldwide; Dr. Martens Airwair; Red Wing Shoe Company; Church & Co Ltd.; R.M Williams; Sorel; Belstaff International Ltd.; The Frye Company
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This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2030. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global boot market report on the basis of product, distribution channel, and region:
Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)
Distribution Channel Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)
Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)
Central & South America
Middle East & Africa
b. The global boot market size was estimated at USD 32.19 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 33.71 billion in 2023.
b. The global boot market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5.8% from 2023 to 2030 to reach USD 50.54 billion by 2030.
b. North America region dominated the boot market with a share of 38.6% in 2022. This is attributable to the presence of leading manufacturers such as Timberland, UGG, Red Wing Shoes and Wolverine increases product sales, fueling regional market growth.
b. The global boot market is characterized by the presence of several well-established players, such as Timberland LLC, Wolverine Worldwide, Woodland Worldwide, Dr. Martens Airwair, Red Wing Shoe Company, Church & Co Ltd., R.M Williams, Sorel, Belstaff International Ltd., The Frye Company.
b. Key factors that are driving the market growth include increasing fashion awareness, increasing industrialization and the increasing number of hikers and mountaineers. Change in consumer preference towards fashionable and trendy designs results in increased product sales and as a result growth in market.
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