Asia is the undisputed leader in Norway's shoe import figures, with over half of the country's imports being sourced from there, said statistics looking at the first three quarters last year. In the first three quarters of 2000, Norway imported 13.8 million pairs of shoes in total and 7.6 million came from Asia. This was an increase of 310,000 pairs, or 13.9 per cent, for the comparative period the year before.