7 Global Trends Shaping the Footwear Industry’s Future Consumer

Aging Demographic

Availability of advanced medicines and treatment methods is improving the average global life expectancy, which currently stands at 70.8 years—a 20.3 year improvement from 1960, according to the report.

With no sign of this trend reverting, demand for medical and therapeutic footwear (extra-depth shoes for diabetes, smart shoes with GPS technology for Alzheimer’s), as well as shoes appropriate for medical professions will increase. However, style remains a key purchasing factor. The report suggests that brands add more design and fashion elements to appeal to female consumers.

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