Vietnam's footwear exports rose 10.6% year-on year in 2012 to US$7.25bn, according to the Vietnam Leather and Shoes Association (Lefaso).

Three major export markets remained the EU, the US and Japan.

In 2013, the industry has set a target of US$8bn, with plans including 6% growth in the EU region, 20% growth in the US, and around 30% in Japan. It also intends to expand shipments to Eastern Europe and Australia.