Shoe Makers and Consumers

26 05 2010

In the Sneaky Numbers post I pointed out some staggering numbers regarding the making and consuming of shoes globally.  Here is a more comprehensive chart of data about the countries that make and consume shoes.

There are a few interesting implications behind the numbers.  One thing that really sticks out to me is the fact that the U.S. is the second largest consumers of shoes, yet they are nowhere to be found as a top producing country.  With outsourcing becoming such a prevalent business decision for U.S. firms, I can’t help but think how these findings in shoe production, along with other large industries, affect the local economy.