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Shoe business

Shoegazing Podcast

Shoegazing Podcast – Ep. 8, Richard Utting, Loake

How do makers of classic shoes succeed internationally? What are the important success factors, and the pitfalls? How strong is the British shoe heritage around the world nowadays, and what do the growing competition from Spanish, Portugese and Asian-made welted shoes mean? These are some of the topics that Richard Utting, Export Manager at one of Englands largest makers of Goodyear welted shoes, Loake, talk about in episode 8 of the Shoegazing Podcast.

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Reflection

Reflection – New turn for the leather industry

The past few years the demand for regular cowhides has dropped dramatically, and in some places one has started to burry the hides since no one wants them. The reason is that more people want so-called vegan leather, the interest in leather shoes decline in general, and more. So far, premium skins have been spared, but the question is whether this trend will reach here as well.

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News

News – Free-trade agreement between EU and Japan from February

Now it’s settled, the world’s largest free-trade agreement, which concerns 30 percent of world trade, between the EU and Japan. It will enter into force in two months, in February, and means that all customs duties are immediately removed on Japanese shoes sold in Europe, and stepped down the other way. Here I go through what it means for the shoe industry in each region.

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Reflection

Reflection – Tougher times await

Since 15-20 years, the trend for the classic quality shoe market has been steadily on the rise, and in the last few years factories have been on at full throttle, lots of new brands have appeared on the market, and the number of stores selling this type of shoes are more than for many decades. However, a lot is pointing towards the fact that tougher times await the industry.

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