28 Sep '12, 9pm

For First Time, Shoe Imports to U.S. Drop

For First Time, Shoe Imports to U.S. Drop

By Scott Douglas Last year was the first year that the percentage of footwear sold in the U.S. and produced overseas fell, according to the American Apparel and Footwear Association's ShoeStats 2012 report . In 2011, 98.6 percent of footwear sold in the U.S. was made overseas, compared to 98.8 percent in 2010. The decline was the first time the percentage lowered from one year to the next, AAFA, a trade association, reported. "With a 7.9 percent surge in domestic footwear manufacturing, 2011 was a very positive year for the U.S. footwear industry," said AAFA President and CEO Kevin Burke. "2011 also represents a shift in sourcing as the industry began to diversify its supply chain away from China to other viable sourcing partners, including the United States." Among running brands, New Balance is the only company to manufacture shoes in the U.S. At its five factories in Ma...

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