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Brazilian Footwear
In the last four decades, Brazil has played a relevant role in the Footwear History. The largest country in Latin America is one of the most outstanding manufacturers of leather articles, holding the third position in the ranking of the largest world producers, and having as well important participation in the share of women’s shoes, which combine quality and accessible prices. The shipments abroad have been growing yearly, to over a hundred countries.

The Brazilian footwear producing centers are located in different states of the country. Production decentralization allows Brazil to produce all types of shoes according to the characteristics of the producing region. They can be women’s shoes, men’s shoes, children’s shoes and safety shoes, among others. Currently, Brazil has a footwear park made up of about seven thousand five hundred industries, which produce 700 million pairs a year and employ four hundred thousand people.

One of these Producing Centers is in Vale do Sinos, state of Rio Grande do Sul (RS). It is the largest footwear cluster in the world. It is located near Porto Alegre, capital of the State of Rio Grande do Sul and comprises 26 municipalities, whose major footwear manufacturers are Novo Hamburgo, Campo Bom, Parobé, Igrejinha, and Sapiranga. In this region, which also includes the Paranhana and the Caí valleys, the technical education institutions, and the research and technical assistance centers of Rio Grande do Sul are concentrated. It also includes around 60% of the components industry, and 80% of the Brazilian leather and footwear machinery industry.
Vale dos Sinos specializes in the manufacture of women’s leather shoes, but it is also important in the manufacture of footwear produced with alternative materials, such as synthetic and injected footwear. It is also the most important exporting center, which concentrates the largest enterprises in the country.

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