South Africa imported 199 million pairs of shoes in 2019, down by 5.8 percent from 2018, while exports dropped by 9.5 percent to 3.5 million pairs. Domestic production totaled 56.9 million pairs in 2019, in line with the previous year, according to the Southern African Footwear and Leather Industries Association.

Footwear manufacturing employed 10,622 people last year, down by 2.7 percent from 2018.