It is a proven scientific fact that the first thing human brain notices about someone’s attire is their shoes. A pair of shoes that match an outfit can often lead to that person making a good impression on others and as you may very well know “first impression is the last impression”.
India is without a doubt one of the biggest and most populated countries in the world. That makes India one of the biggest hubs with a lot of potential for maximizing a business and getting notices around the world as one of the biggest brands.
Footwear market is one such field which is one of the biggest markets in the world as India provides lot of opportunity to help those companies expand their business. Indians take having a good outfit really seriously and are willing to spend on casual footwear, sportswear, beach wear and even home wear which is one of the primary reason for the fast growing rate of the capital of such companies as individuals are willing to spend big bucks.
India is a big country with a variety of people with a varying income which plays a factor in the footwear brand of their choosing. Few Indian brands like Liberty, Aero, Relaxo and Paragon are really big sellers whereas international brands like Nike, Puma, Woodland and Levi’s are also few of the biggest selling footwear brands.
Here, we have prepared a list of few of the best Footwear brands in India in 2017-2018.
Woodland is one the biggest footwear brands in India thanks to its evergreen products which are stylish, long lasting and easily affordable. Woodland was founded in 1950 in Canada and since then it has grown to become one of the biggest brands worldwide with more than 3000 stores in various countries. It is also the first company to market hand-stitched leather shoes in India after it came to India in 1992. It’s most famous sub-divisions include LS, LB, LD, GB, GC etc.
Relaxo is an Indian company which was founded in the year 1984 but was made public only in 1995. As of the latest figures, Relaxo have a daily manufacturing rate of almost 3 lakh pieces of footwear. They also have a worth of more than ₹1000 Crore with more than 10 manufacturing units situated across India. 9 of which are situated in Northern India alone.
Relaxo is known for its casual foot wear, beach wear and lounge wear as the products are incredibly comfortable and affordable for everyone. Some of the sub-divisions of Relaxo are Hawaii, Sparx, Schoolmate and Flite.
Paragon is one of the biggest Indian footwear organizations. It was set up in 1975 in Kerela. Paragon started out with producing a paltry 1500 which is considered minute in today’s standards but was humongous at that time. Compare that to today’s world, where Paragon manufactures around 4,00,000 pairs a day and you will know how far that organization has come and how much they have succeeding as they have become one of the top brands in India. Some of the most known sub-divisions of Paragon are Max, Meriva, Walkie, Para Lite etc.
Is there a more iconic brand in India than action? Action has been one of the biggest and the most famous brands in India. It was founded in 1972 and since then, it has become one of the biggest selling footwear brands in India. Currently, it has a net worth of over 32 Billion INR. It has been a staple in the lives of the 90s kids as they will remember jumping to the Advertisement of “school time”, a sub-division of Action which is known for making leather shoes for kids attending school. Some of the other known sub-divisions of Action include Flotter, Campus, Milao, Eva Flotter, Easy Line, Mausam and more.
Reebok is another popular global brand which has a huge market in India. Reebok is a multinational Footwear manufacturing company which is a subsidiary of Adidas. It was founded by J.W. Foster in 1985 and was acquired by Adidas in 2005. Reebok has its headquarters in Massachusetts, USA. It manufactures not only sports shoes, but also apparels and other sports accessories. Few of its popular sub-divisions are Reebok Classic, All Terrain Thunder, Royal Badge and more.
Liberty is one of the top footwear brands in India that has been at the top of the market for a long time. It has been in business for more than 5 decades and has ventured overseas as well. It currently operations in 20 countries which has helped it amass a worth over ₹650 Crore. Liberty produces around 50,000 pairs a day and has a yearly turnover of more than $150 million overall. Some of its popular sub-divisions include Force 10, Prefect, Coolers, Gliders, Tiptopp and more.
Puma is another German Multinational Corporation which is considered as one of the biggest footwear brands in the world. Most people know about the amazing products of Puma but very few people know about its history. Puma was started by Rudolf Dassler (a co-founder of Adidas) after his relationship with his brother Adolf deteriorated and resulted in Rudolf splitting with the Adidas. After Rudolf left his brother, he started his own Footwear Corporation and named it as Puma. Today, Puma is one of the top brands in more than 100 countries in which they have set up their network and has a net worth of around 3.5 billion pounds annually. Its subdivisions are IGNITE, Voltaic, Evo Speed, Mobium Elite Speed Ferrari etc.
Bata as a brand was originally founded by Czechs Tomas Bata and his siblings Antonin and Anna. But Bata Shoe Company Pvt. Ltd. Came to India in 1931 and settled its roots in Batanagar, a district near Kolkata. The company went public in 1973 after changing its name to Bata India Limited as it became one of the biggest footwear brands in India. Currently, there are over 1200 stores present in various cities in India. Its sub-divisions include Comfit, North Star, PotaPata, Power, Ambassador etc.
Nike has become such a huge brand that its name has become with the words “sports footwear”. Any best brands conversation is incomplete without the mention of Nike as it produces simply the best products for all ages and sizes. It was founded in 1964 by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight who originally named it as Blue Ribbon Sports but later in 1971 changed it to Nike. Today, this amazing brand has a worth over $10 Billion which makes it one of the best in the business. Some of its most well-known sub-divisions include Nike Football, Nike Blazers, Nike+, Air Max, Nike Dunk, Nike SB and more.
Adidas is a German Multinational Company that was founded in 1949 by Dassler brothers Adi and Rudolph. It has its headquarters in Herzongenaurach near Bavaria, Germany. In general, Adidas produces around 301 million pieces per year and has a net worth of over 16 billion Euros around the world. Adidas is known for being one of the top sports brands as it not only manufactures shoes; it also manufactures apparels, sports equipment and accessories. It has sub-divisions like Originals, Porsche Design Sport, Neo and more.
India is a country oozing with opportunities for new ventures. There is abundance of scope for business in India as the Footwear Market is bigger and better than it has ever been. Individuals are willing to spend in order to buy comfortable and good looking shoes which will match their outfit and make them look better. A good pair of shoes can be a major difference between getting a job and getting a rude response or impressing a girl or getting turned down. The choice is yours as shoes has been and always will be one of the focal accessories worn by humans.