Apiccaps, the Portuguese shoe and leather association, has just published its first World Footwear Yearbook, which says that for the first time ever, global footwear production surpassed 20 billion pairs of shoes in 2010. The final tally was 20.18 billion pairs, with China as the biggest producer by far with 12.6 billion pairs made there. India was a distant second with just over 2 billion pairs, then Brazil, 894 million pairs; Vietnam, 760 million; Pakistan, 295 million; and Mexico, 244 million. The only other two countries whose production exceeded 200 million pairs were Thailand, with 245 million, and Italy, with 203 million.