China's shoe exports continued to rise strongly last year. According to Apiccaps, author of the World Footwear Handbook, they increased by 11.8 percent in 2014, reaching $53.8 billion. Exports to the U.S. went up by 4.6 percent to $13.7 billion, representing 26 percent of the total. The Russian Federation, Japan and the U.K. came next, each with a share of around 5 percent. The Russian economic crisis apparently favored imports from China, which showed a 5.7 percent increase to $2.5 billion. China exported 2.3 percent less to Japan but its sales to the U.K. grew by 25.7 percent to $2.5 billion. Exports to Kazakhstan more than doubled to $2.2 billion, while sales to South Korea jumped by 71.3 percent to $1.15 billion.