FOOTWEAR MARKET IN TURKEY
Turkey’s footwear industry has developed at a rapid pace due to modern manufacturing
processes, the availability of major quality raw materials, skilled workers and high design
capacity. Today the Turkish footwear industry has a strong position among exporters of
high quality fashion goods. Another sign of positive development is the increase in foreign
investments in the sector.
It is obvious that the footwear industry is extremely dependent on the leather industry of
Turkey. The Turkish leather industry, which has a history of 500 years, is becoming a
leading center in the world leather industry. The Turkish leather industry, which occupies a
prominent place in the Turkish economy, continues to develop day by day by combining
new technology and its historical background.
Although the initial efforts to modernize the leather industry began in the 70s, significant
progress at a real industrial scale began in the mid-80s. At present, there are three
organized leather industry zones in Turkey. In addition, eight organized leather industry
zones are under construction. The sector produces according to international standards
and is becoming more sensitive to health and the environment – about 90% of the
production is based on health and environmental standards.
Leather is one of Turkey’s leading export sectors. The export figure of the leather sector
for 2011 was about US$ 1.262 million.
The shoe industry, which began to appear as a small-size industry in 1950, is a welldeveloped
industry now. Especially in the 1980s, significant investments in machinery
parks were made and now, over 15% of the sector has completed its industrialization
process. About 70% of the production in the sector is carried out by semi-mechanized
production processes and almost 15% of production is hand-made.
According to Turkish State Institute of Statistics, the footwear industry employs 26.954
people and the industry has about 4.753 companies which are manufacturing various
shoes and slippers. Almost 50% of the total number of companies is active in Istanbul.
Konya, Ankara, Gaziantep, Manisa, Denizli, Adana, Malatya and Corum (Iskilip) are other
important shoe production centers in Turkey.
The production capacity of the 33 leading companies in the sector is 328.100 pairs daily.
In addition, there are many small and medium-size establishments in the sector.
Turkey’s shoe production reached 212 million pairs. Almost 26% of the production consists
of leather shoes. In addition, there has been a rapid increase in the manufacture of plastic
shoes and slippers.
The footwear sector relies on Turkish-made shoe production machinery, as well as shoe
parts. The share of the shoe parts industry in the total shoe industry production is around
5% and production is quite diversified. The soles, heels, casting molds and the welt of the
shoes are exported. The shoe parts industry is located in Izmir and the Aegean region,
Konya, Gaziantep and in particular Istanbul.
The military boots, work and safety shoes production in Turkey have developed
significantly in recent years. These sectors make production according to international
standards, and shoes with the CE mark are exported to the European countries.
The footwear sector closely follows the latest trends in the fashion world. Turkish shoe
companies prepare their own collections for every season according to fashion trends both
in Turkey and the world.
The industry is now concentrating its efforts on training and design. In this context, with the
initiative of shoe industry, the Turkish Shoe Industry Research, Development and
Education Foundation was established in 2001. In order to meet the need of qualified
personal in shoe design, a new department of education, “The Shoe Design Department”
has been opened at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul, which offers two-year courses. In
addition to these, every year, various shoe design competitions are being organized in
order to discover new talents in the field of design.
Today the Turkish footwear sector has the capacity of creating its own brands and fashion.
The performance of the sector largely depends on exports. The Turkish shoe sector had
an export value of US$ 441 millions in the year 2011.
Major markets for the Turkish made shoes are the Russian Federation, Iraq, Saudi Arabia,
Germany, Bulgaria, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Romania.
Shoes made with leather coated outer surface make up 50% of shoe exports and had a
value of US$ 200 million in 2011. Russia is currently the most important market of Turkish
leather shoes. The second important group consists of rubber or plastic materials coated
outer soles and surface with an export value of US$ 100.9 million in 2010.
The Turkish footwear sector takes part in important international fairs and exhibitions
abroad. GSD Shoe Fair-Düsseldorf/Germany, Motexha Spring Fair-Dubai/U.A.E.,
Mosshoes Moscow/Russia, Micam Shoeevent /Milano and Lineapella-Italy are the most
As an important footwear producer/exporter country, many fairs are also held in Turkey in
the related sector every year. Major fairs in the Turkish footwear industry in 2013 are as
Trade Fairs in Turkey
Fair City Organizer Date
Footwear Summer- Izmir Shoes,
Bags And Accessories Fair Izmir www.izfas.com.tr January 2013
AYSAF 10th International Footwear
Industry Suppliers Fair Istanbul www.pozitiffuarcilik.com March 2013
AYMOD 10th International
Footwear Fashion Fair Istanbul www.pozitiffuarcilik.com April 2013
Footwear Winter-Izmir Shoes,
Bags And Accessories Fair Izmir www.izfas.com.tr June 2013
GAPSHOES 11th Footwear,
Slipper, Saddlery And Footwear
Industry Suppliers Fair
Gaziantep www.ofm.com.tr July 2013
AYSAF 11th International Footwear
Industry Suppliers Fair Istanbul www.pozitiffuarcilik.com October 2013
AYMOD 11th International
Footwear Fashion Fair Istanbul www.pozitiffuarcilik.com November 2013
GAPSHOES 18th Footwear,
Slipper, Saddlery And Footwear
Industry Suppliers Fair
Gaziantep www.ofm.com.tr December 2013
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