What are the labeling requirements for footwear?

AAFA has created a labeling matrix to aid members in navigating specific apparel and footwear labeling regulations. AAFA’s International Apparel & Footwear Labeling Matrix provides a general overview of the mandatory labeling requirements for adult apparel and footwear in 47 countries. This member-only resource is a direct response to input from AAFA members who have and are seeking to expand their business internationally and may need additional help navigating international labeling requirements. 

Currently, the only requirement for labels on footwear sold in the U.S. is to have the country of origin on imported products (however, most in the industry do include size and predominant material in the upper, lining/midsole, and outsole). 

Footwear products that contain wool, leather, or fur have additional requirements that can be found here

As part of the Footwear Directive (94/11/EC) in the EU, manufacturers must include pictograms or written labels on the three main parts of the shoe (the upper, the lining and sock, and the outer sole) to show their main fiber components.  

Footwear labeling requirements in the EU can be found here on the EU website