Chinese footwear exports rose by 21.7 percent to more than $19 billion in the first half of 2011, according to figures from the China Leather Industry Association, CLIA. China's total exports of leather, fur and leather products rose by 28.8 percent to US$23.1 billion in the first five months of this year. Production of these items increased by 26.9 percent to US$299.3 billion.