In the pandemic storm, the areas of the footwear sector were heavily penalised, both in terms of production and exports, which respectively fell by -27.1% and -14.7% during 2020. The safety footwear industry has however shown greater stability Siro Badon, president of Assocalzaturifici, outlines a better resilience for safety footwear compared to the other segments of the footwear industry during the health emergency, with a more contained decline in turnover and sales on foreign markets. We talk about it with Siro Badon, president of Assocalzaturifici.

President, compared to the other areas of the footwear sector, what trend did safety footwear show in 2020 and at the start of 2021? Has it shown a major resilience against the covid crisis?

“Footwear with protective metal toecaps registered a decline in exports in the period January – November last year both in quantity (-11%) and in value (-7.7%), with an average price growth of + 3.7% settling at 26.59 euro. The main destination countries for commercial exchange are: Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. This sector has resisted the impact of the pandemic better than other segments of the footwear industry which have all experienced much greater losses both in terms of quantity and value”.

 

Have new requirements/obligations been introduced on safety footwear as a result of the pandemic?

“No new requirements have been introduced. The only measure introduced concerns the expiration of certificates: the European Commission has granted notified bodies to extend the renewal of expiring certificates by 6 months”.

 

Have there been any developments on safety footwear (new PPE compliance, requirements, tests, etc)?

“Currently, the revisions of the harmonised reference standards are underway (ISO 20344 – ISO 20345). These reviews, however, are not due to the ongoing health emergency”.