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South Korea's footwear industry

Investigating the development and challenges of shoemaking within this affluent Asian country.

South Korea’s footwear industry can be traced back to when rubber shoes production began in 1919. Domestic shoe manufacturing technology developed between 1940 and 1960, and South Korea’s exports began to expand in the following year, aided by a governmental policy designed to promote the nation’s businesses. The South Korean footwear industry began to grow rapidly in the early 1970s.



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