Global footwear production patterns are subject to a variety of trends including reshoring as footwear brands look to bring production closer to consumers. Is this viable longer term? Jane Denny reports.
According to Desma’s md Christian Decker, shoe manufacturing is “coming home”. The process – called reshoring – is the opposite of out-sourcing, the cost-cutting strategy that typified late 20th and early 21st century business and industry practice – particularly manufacturing.
Production moved out of high cost countries and regions to low-cost production locations in a number of developing economies. The strategy worked as long as labour costs were sufficiently low and transglobal logistics could be managed.
Desma supplies machinery to US footwear makers including military footwear manufacturers Rocky Brands, Propper International and the Weinbrenner Shoe Company.
It also supplies Forsan and Justin Brands – both of which produce work boots in the US.
Politically, it is a good time for the US mainland to reclaim its manufacturing base. The Berry Amendment – part of the US Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, known as DAFARS – requires the US military to give preference to domestically-produced good when it is buying equipment. In particular food, clothing, fabrics and specialty metals, are covered by the regulations and false claims of compliance can lead to significant fines.
Although boots worn by military…