study that the Indian footwear industry will become worth INR 38,500 crore in 2015, considering the increasing levels of awareness regarding fashion and trends among common people.
About Top shoe brands in India
Major companies such as Bata, Reliance Footprint, and Liberty have been increasing their stores in a frenetic pace in the last couple of years. They have also started to open larger outlets in the smaller locations.
The biggest retailer of shoes in India is Bata India. Rajeev Gopalakrishnan, the organization’s MD, has stated that the greater competition has led to the companies to improve their offerings at a quicker pace compared to before.
At present Bata and Liberty are opening hundred stores on a yearly basis. In the last 3 years Metro Shoes have opened approximately 200 stores, while Louis Philippe has come up with 20 to 25 outlets in that time. Reliance Footprint has been opening around 9 stores per month and for Woodland the yearly rate is within 60 to 70.
Insiders in Indian footwear industry are saying that the speed of opening stores has increased at a significant pace. Normally men purchase a pair every 3 months while women do so after a couple of months. The MD of Lifestyle International, a chain of department stores, Kabir Lumba, has said that people are now looking to change their shoes in tune with the changes in their clothes. Lifestyle International has grown by 50 percent, on an average, from 2008 onwards.
List of leading shoe brands of India
Reebok is one of the leading global brands for lifestyle and sports products. It has a commendable tradition and is one of the most authoritative brands in this domain. The brand is focused on creating products, which show the wish and originality needed to constantly come up with new challenges for the established norms. Its shoes are available in the following categories:
Bata India is the biggest maker and retailer of shoes in the country and belongs to the Bata Shoe Organization. It was established during 1931 as Bata Shoe Company Private Limited. Its Batanagar manufacturing facility is also the first of its kind in India to have been given the ISO: 9001 certification. Its major product categories are:
Nike is a global footwear, accessories, apparel, services, and equipment brand that is based at Portland, Oregon. It is the global leader in athletic apparel and footwear as well as sports equipment. Its revenue is presently US$ 24.1 billion and it has at least 44 thousand employees around the world. Its present worth is approximately US$ 10.7 billion making it the top sports business brand in that regard. It is a Fortune 500 company as well.
Nike offers shoes in the following categories:
- Men’s training
- Women’s training
Adidas is one of the most popular shoe brands in India and its sneakers, fashion oriented, and sports shoes are highly sought after. The company was founded by Dassler brothers – Adi and Rudolph – who came up with the first soccer shoes that had studs.
Its shoes are available in the following categories and more:
Liberty Shoes has been in the business for more than 5 decades and is globally known. At present its yearly revenue is at least INR 600 crore and it is one of the leading 5 global makers of leather footwear. It operates in 25 countries including France, Germany, and Italy and has 150 distributors, at least 6000 multi brand showrooms, and 400 exclusive outlets around the world. It has also received the ISO 9001:2000 official recognition. Its shoes are available in the following ranges:
Woodland is owned by Aero Group that has been in the business of outdoor shoes since the early 50s. The brand was introduced during 1992. At present, the brand has 350 exclusive outlets across the world and is present in at least 3000 multi brand stores in several countries.
The major product ranges of Woodland may be enumerated as below:
Valentino is the brainchild of Guru Shoes Tech Private Limited. The company’s head offices are situated at Agra and it was set up during 1985 by Moti Lal Daultani. It offers the following sorts of shoes:
- Evening wears
- Semi formals (Only for men)
- Business shoes
- Slippers & sandals (Only for men)
Converse, a leading American brand, deals with athletic apparel and lifestyle fashion in addition to footwear. It is presently owned by Nike and was set up during February 1908 in Malden, Massachusetts. At present its head offices are at North Andover in the same state. Its shoes are available in the following ranges: