The shoe craft
Have you imagined yourself journey a thousand miles on bare feet? Can you fathom an infantry without foot guards? Did it cross your mind that without shoes, athletes cannot function effectively on race tracks? Have you imagined how uneasy and poorly Lionel Messi would play soccer without his ‘fancy’ utility boots? How about that beautiful lady, chic and elegantly adorn at some cocktail but with sore feet for lack of shoes, thus without a chance to dance or that wedding dress without a lovely pair of shoes for the bride to wear?
She has sure bettered our lives, everywhere in the world, everyday and almost always, shoes are worn for variety of reasons but to simply appreciate shoes on a more literal perspective, is for the protective function they perform for our feet; for our feet must carry us hitch free around.
The craft is thus a thriving and evolving one. Daily, newer designs are fabricated, meeting various specific needs. Fashion trends are set, the streets are colourful, and men, women and children are more comfortable and simply happier! This craft would continue to emerge and grow but the Italians and Spaniards have graced the upper strata of the pyramid, though the relative-relevance gamut remains wide enough to accommodate even the third world economies like Nigeria. They have perfected handmade designs and pushed the frontiers for the rest of the world to pursue.
We have little but critically notable strides, we have identified with this craft as a means to leapfrog the small scale industry, another means to foster the private sector boost and increase the increasing opportunity of entrepreneurship. The entire Industry ,from buckle making to the sewing and patterning on shoes, the leather cutting, sole machining, gum making and sales, shoe accessories, the shoe packing ,highlighting just a few, offer opportunities in manifold ways to our emerging economy.
There are indeed local shoe makers, factories and markets already thriving although there remain countless challenges still limiting the outburst of the sector ranging from defective policies on small scale industries, to importation and exportation duties, power infrastructure, the consumer perception of local products and poor branding sense on the part of these craftsmen themselves. A whole lot can be done to improve the growth and development of this industry geometrically.
Contingent on this, it remains the collective work of consumers, producers and policy makers to ensure that the growth in this industry is duly sustained.