How to Take Advantage on Footwear Manufacturing in Mexico

footwear manufacturing in mexico

Footwear manufacturing in Mexico has 400 years of history. The State of Guanajuato is the leading footwear manufacturing Mexican state, representing 70% of the domestic footwear production.

According to data provided in 2011 by INEGI (The National Institute of Statistics and Geography) and CICEG (Mexican Footwear Chamber), Mexico has 7,981 footwear manufacturers producing an average of 244 million pairs of shoes.

Footwear manufacturing in Mexico advantages

We have listed a total of 6 advantages to manufacture footwear in Mexico.

1. Favorable location

Leon City and Guanajuato State is well connected through highways with the rest of the country. Mexico’s infrastructure and roads are of a high standard. There are currently 45 USA-Mexico border crossings with 330 ports of entry.

Guanajuato has an international airport with 250 weekly inbound flights from main cities in Mexico. It receives direct international flights from USA cities such as Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Dallas among others.

Shipments from Mexico can arrive to USA in 2 or 3 days. In other Latin American countries shipments take around one week. Shipments to Europe take around 10 days.

2. Free trade agreement with 44 countries

Free trade agreements are a huge advantage for footwear manufacturing in Mexico. International companies can import Mexican footwear with 0% customs duty, giving buyers the opportunity to be more price competitive.

Countries with free trade agreement with Mexico are: United States, Canada, Japan, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Colombia, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Chile, El salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Perú, Israel and the entire European Union. Mexico is currently in negotiations with the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) with Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, United States, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

3. Quality Programs and International Certification

Many Mexican companies are involved in quality certification programs and international standards to ensure high quality in footwear manufacturing in Mexico. Many famous brands are manufactured in Mexico, for example: Nike, Converse, Crocs, Steve Madden, Skechers, New Balance, Zappos, Dockers, Justin Boots, Pikolinos, Sorel, Levis, Lacrosse, Bosi, Frye, Itochu, Aldo, Zara, Nine West among others. These brands have been gaining trust in mexican shoes quality.

4. Different and highly specialized footwear manufacturing systems

You will find a broad range of footwear styles and constructions:

    • Goodyear Welt
    • Opanka
    • California
    • Hand Sown
    • Cemented
    • Vulcanized
    • Moccasin
    • Full Plastic
    • Stitched
    • Direct Attached

5. Companies of many sizes

In the Mexican footwear industry you will find companies from different sizes for your production volume needs. You can order small quantities without a problem. Footwear manufacturing in Mexico will adapt to your specific needs.

6. Specialized in leather shoes

The main Mexican footwear exports are high quality leather shoes. Every year since 2010, leather footwear exports have increased an average of 15%. In Guanajuato there are 696 tanneries providing leather to footwear manufacturers. Tanneries help mexican footwear manufacturers have raw material so they can keep increasing leather shoes exports.

Please write your comments below if you are interested in manufacturing in Mexico. Contact us if you need help finding a footwear or leather goods manufacturer.

  1. Irfan Mughal 03/04/2017, 12:03 pm Reply


    I am looking for manufacturer of medical pediatric shoes, diabetic shoes, medical ladies sleeper with removable insole options.

    Thank you,

    Irfan M

    • Fuad Dawabeh 03/09/2017, 5:57 pm Reply

      Hello Irfan. We’ll be glad to help you. Please send an email to to describe your project in detail.

  2. Ruth 09/05/2017, 11:06 am Reply

    I emailed several times and no one has responded to me… I just need some information about finding a manufacturer

    • Fuad Dawabeh 09/11/2017, 8:25 am Reply

      Hello Ruth,
      Thank you for contacting us. I already sent you an email requesting more information about your project. Let me know if you received it. Regards.

  3. Miranda Morrison 09/07/2017, 12:04 pm Reply

    I am a VP of footwear for Tory Burch, and I am interested in exploring making some shoes in Mexico, where I have worked before with other brands.
    Do the factory codes 0514 and /or 0516 correspond to any manufacturers that you know!?
    I think they might be good resources for us, since they do Goodyear welt, etc.
    Thank you in advance for any information!
    Sincerely, Miranda Morrison

    • Fuad Dawabeh 09/11/2017, 8:21 am Reply

      Hello Miranda,
      We do not identify factories with codes. We know several manufacturers that work with goodyear welt footwear construction in Mexico. We’ll be glad to help you find a goodyear welt footwear construction manufacturer. I will send you an email requesting more information about your project. Thank you.

  4. Y. Guzman 09/29/2017, 10:30 am Reply

    Hello there, could your team help connect me with a shoe manufacturer in Leon? I am seeking to manufacture high end children shoes (leather moccasin design). I am familiar with factories in China but not in Mexico, please help.

    Thank you

    • Fuad Dawabeh 10/25/2017, 3:38 pm Reply

      Hello. Yes, we can help you connect with a shoe manufacturer in Leon. Please send us an email with the information of your project to Thank you.

  5. Rhett Sander 12/15/2017, 2:05 pm Reply

    Hello i am looking for a manufacturer in Mexico that can make quality flip flops, huaraches and possibly other styles of shoes but do the soles in recycled tires like the true old school ones used to be. Also, if leather uppers could be created out of recycled leather as well it would be a plus. Thanks

    • Fuad Dawabeh 12/28/2017, 11:06 am Reply

      Hi Rhett. It will be difficult to find soles made of recycled tires in Mexico. However, there are other materials for soles that are very similar to the recycled tire soles you want. Leather uppers can be made out of scrap leather, and leather insoles can be made of recycled leather. If you need more information please send an email to

  6. joseph maddux 04/10/2018, 11:56 am Reply

    To whom it may concern,
    Hi, my name is Joseph Maddux. I am looking for a manufacturer of \”slide sandals,\” to make them for a project in Chicago.
    Initially, I would like a smaller order (300-600). They should be made in polymer-type materials.
    I am looking to fill and order before June 30, 2018.
    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Joseph Maddux

    • Fuad Dawabeh 12/13/2019, 3:58 pm Reply

      Hello Joseph, we’ll be glad to help you in your project. Please send the information of your project to

  7. Ronnie Grossman 06/05/2018, 11:58 am Reply

    Hello I am interested in looking for a production facility in Mexico that can produce my product. We sell orthopedically correct shoes sandals and clogs. Can someone get me in touch with a factory that works will leather and polyurethane?

    • Fuad Dawabeh 12/13/2019, 4:04 pm Reply

      Hello Ronnie, there are several orthopedic shoe factories in Mexico. Please contact us at

  8. Emily Claire 06/16/2018, 11:55 am Reply

    I am looking to produce a high quality leather boot. I have my own designer and can also work with an in house team. I would like to use as many sustainable and recycled materials as possible. Are you able to connect me with some factories as a starting point? Thank you very much.

    • Fuad Dawabeh 12/13/2019, 4:05 pm Reply

      Hello Emily, there are many leather boot factories in Mexico. Please contact us at

  9. Lola 07/24/2018, 1:08 am Reply

    I am an entrepreneur looking for a manufacturer for leather female sandals and slippers,all designs are flat at the moment.Kindly help in meeting someone that can make my designs,Thank you.

    • Fuad Dawabeh 12/13/2019, 3:55 pm Reply

      Hi Lola, we can help you find leather female sandals and slippers. You need to specify the materials, order quantity, price range, and other information of your project. Please send the information of your project to

  10. Alexander Cartagena 09/21/2018, 12:14 am Reply

    I need a shoe manufacturer for my recently launched brand. Minimum 500 high quality leather athletic shoes

    • Fuad Dawabeh 05/30/2019, 12:21 pm Reply

      Hi Alexander, thank you for your message. We’ll be glad to help you with your project. Please send more details about your project to

  11. Nigma Farha 12/26/2018, 1:06 am Reply

    I wanted to know if I design shoes can you guys make them? how much would it cost?

    • Fuad Dawabeh 03/14/2019, 9:26 am Reply

      Hello Nigma, I sent you an email requesting more information about your project. If you send your designs to footwear manufacturers, they can make your shoes. The cost depends on the type of footwear and type of materials. Developing new designs requires several months of work. The amount of investment you must make depends on the type of footwear you want.

  12. Jordyn McCaa 02/26/2019, 2:49 am Reply

    Hello im looking for resources in Mexico who can manufacture children’s shoes including leather, lycra and including zippers, velcrow, and customizing options for width. I appreciate the help! Thank you!

    • Fuad Dawabeh 03/14/2019, 9:14 am Reply

      Hello Jordyn, I already sent you an email requesting more information about your project. We’ll be glad to help you.

  13. Marlvin Hunter 02/28/2019, 6:03 pm Reply

    Hello, I have a shoe design for a high quality high fashion men’s casual shoe. I’m looking for a manufacturer to make samples and possibly be my source of production going forward. Can you help connect me ?

    • Fuad Dawabeh 03/14/2019, 9:11 am Reply

      Hello Marlvin, yes we can help you connect with a footwear manufacturer in Mexico. I sent you an email. You can also contact us at

  14. Anthony 03/04/2019, 5:02 pm Reply

    I am looking for a manufacturer for Leather flip flop sandals.

    Please contact me at your earliest convenience.



    • Fuad Dawabeh 03/14/2019, 9:04 am Reply

      Hello Anthony, thank you for your message. I will send you an email requesting more information. You can also contact us at