Leather Footwear Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Leather Footwear Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By End User (Male, Female, Kids), By Distribution Channel (Online, Offline), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Published Date: Jul, 2019
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2018
  • Report ID: GVR-3-68038-170-2
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2015 - 2017
  • Number of Pages: 80

Industry Insights

The global leather footwear market size was valued at USD 166.53 billion in 2018 and is expected to grow with a CAGR of 2.8% from 2019 to 2025. The growth is attributed to the growing working class population, rising income among consumers, flourishing retail e-commerce sector worldwide, growing fashion trend in business wear. Leather shoes are durable and provides an elegant look making it popular among various consumers. The breathable features of real leather which cools down the feet and avoid unwanted odors is also driving the growth of the product in the market.

Leather footwear market is closely aligned with consumer spending on fashion accessories. Rapid growth in the spending on fashion accessories due to growing influence of social media is driving the market. Recent changes in consumer shopping trends and increasing propensity toward buying high-end and designer shoes are estimated to trigger the growth. Demand for trendy, fancy, and comfortable footwear is driving the demand.

U.S. leather footwear market

Leather shoes are widely accepted as a premium product. Introduction of new products by numerous brands has been driving the market growth. High adoption of the products even in areas with relatively warmer climates is anticipated to drive the growth. As the demand for flexible and lightweight products is growing at a rapid rate, numerous innovations and technological advancements help surge the product demand. Leather footwear have high durability and stand strong even in heavy duty work along with casual, designer shoes and can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications, making it more popular among consumers.

Availability of counterfeit footwear made from synthetic leather developed by local manufactures is restraining the growth. Growing alternatives like synthetic and vegan leather are also likely to posing challenge for the growth. Leather footwear costs more on an average than any other type of footwear which act as a major restrain in the cost centric countries. Consumers sensitive to animal slaughtering and aware regarding animal ethics and rights are also hindering the growth.

End User Insights

Male accounted for the highest market share of about 56.0% in 2018 and is expected to be the fastest growing end user from 2019 to 2025. Growing awareness regarding physical appearance among men along with evolving fashion trends is also expected to drive the demand. Millennials and Generation Z are boosting the demand owing to increasing adoption of online purchasing of fashion accessories. Growing influence of advertising campaigns by big brands that feature popular male personalities is expected to result in an increasing product demand among the young generation. Tailor-made leather shoes is a trend expected to further fuel the growth.

Female accounts for approximately 37.0% of the market in 2018. The drop in purchase of heeled shoes is anticipated to affect the segment growth. Increasing number of working women is driving the demand for women’s leather footwear. Rising spending on high ankle length shoes, reptile and animal skin, suede ballerinas, pumps, boots, casual town shoes, sandals, and flip-flops is driving the segment.

Distribution Channel Insights

Offline channel held the largest market share of more than 72.0% in 2018. Developed countries have high number of fashion stores where the range of products is well placed in iPads or interactive shelves as a part of the customer engagement strategy. Eobuwie.pl is owned by CCC, Central Europe’s largest footwear retailer and the largest footwear manufacturer, created its own brand concept store, which allows user to browse through almost 450 brands via tablets. Retailers have started opting for omni-channel retailing and in-store marketing solutions to enhance the shopping experience and to bridge the gap between offline and digital channels. Growing retailing stores such as hypermarkets, specialty stores, multi brand stores, international retail chains and malls is expected to boost the growth.

Global leather footwear market

Online segment is anticipated to register the fastest CAGR of 3.2% during the forecast period. Shopping for footwear online is less tedious for consumers due to shoe size uniformity and availability of a wide range of products. Availability of discounts attract more consumers toward online purchase. Service offering such as easy return, exchange, and free shipping can boost the online sales.

Regional Insights

Europe held the largest market share of 31.0% in 2018. High importance of footwear in European countries is anticipated to drive the growth. U.K. accounted for approximately 13.0% of the market share in 2018. In U.K., leather footwear accounts for 49.0% of the total footwear market. Formal shoes segment is anticipated to perform well in the region due to growing middle class, more women at work, increasing shopping centers, and easy online purchase.

Asia Pacific is the fastest growing market with a CAGR of 5.1% from 2019 to 2025. Factors such as growing economies, rising number of low-middle class, rapid expansion of international footwear chains, and growing working class population are expected to fuel the growth. High internet penetration and rapid rise in online sales are expected to further fuel the regional market. For men leather footwear formal shoes, ankle-high boots with slim lasts, sturdy lace-up boots, rounded Chelsea, and robust biker boots were the prominent products in the region.

Leather Footwear Market Share Insights

Key market players are Prada Holding B.V.; LVMH; Allen Edmonds; Kering S.A.; Bruno Magli; Cole Haan; Genesco Inc.; Hermès International S.A.; Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A.; and Crockett & Jones. Manufacturers are investing heavily in product enhancement and innovation and setting up new trend to gain greater market share. Companies are launching shoes with more functions. For instance, brand Nat-2 has introduced a zipper feature which can turn shoe into sandal or flip flop.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2015 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2019 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America & MEA

Country scope

U.S., U.K., Germany, China, Japan, Brazil, Nigeria

Report coverage      

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis on the latest trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2015 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the Leather Footwear market on the basis of end user, distribution channel and region:

  • End User Outlook (USD Million; 2015 - 2025)

    • Male

    • Female

    • Kids

  • Distribution Channel Outlook (USD Million; 2015 - 2025)

    • Online

    • Offline

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2015 -2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa (MEA)

      • Nigeria

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