Van Lier, the Dutch shoe manufacturer, will close down its production of goodyear welted shoes in the Netherlands in March or April. This production had been outsourced to the Loint’s plant in Sprang Capelle and gradually reduced, so that Van Lier only had 10 production employees left on its payroll last year. Over the last months, however, it has been preparing to shift the remaining Dutch goodyear production entirely to India and Portugal, to reduce costs. Van Lier reported sales of nearly 200,000 pairs last year, up by 17 percent. The growth was driven by men’s shoes, which are chiefly produced through a joint venture with a factory in Poland.