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Footwear refers to garments worn on the feet, which typically serves the purpose of protection against adversities of the environment such as wear from ground textures and temperature. Footwear in the manner of shoes therefore primarily serves the purpose to ease locomotion and prevent injuries. Footwear can also be used for fashion and adornment as well as to indicate the status or rank of the person within a social structure. Socks and other hosiery are typically worn additionally between the feet and other footwear for further comfort and relief. Cultures have different customs regarding footwear. These include not using any in some situations, usually bearing a symbolic meaning. This can however also be imposed on specific individuals to place them at a practical disadvantage against shod people, if they are excluded from having footwear available or are prohibited from using any. This usually takes place in situations of captivity, such as imprisonment or slavery, where the groups are among other things distinctly divided by whether or whether not footwear is being worn.

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Organizations relating to Footwear

Union internationale des techniciens de l'industrie de la chaussure / Est. 1974
Confédération européenne des associations de détaillants en chaussures
Confédération Européenne de l'Industrie de la Chaussure / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1958
European Shoe Press Association / Trezzano San Naviglio, Italy
European Union of Research Institutes for Shoes / Est. 1986
International Shoe-Makers Union / Est. 1907
Confédération européenne du commerce de la chaussure en gros / Est. 1958
Nordisk Sko- og Laerarbeierunion / Est. 1936
International Footwear and Leather Bureau / Est. 1935
EFTA Footwear Council / Est. 1960
International Snowshoe Federation / Merrill WI, USA / Est. 1981
International Footwear Association / New York NY, USA / Est. 1985
Garant Schuh International / Düsseldorf, Germany
European Footwear Confederation / London, UK
Nordisk Moteråd for Sko og Laervarer
European Shoemaker Handicraft Association
International Snowshoe Council / Est. 1984
Footwear Technology Centre / Kettering, UK / Est. 1919
International Amateur Snowshoe Racing Federation / Corinth NY, USA / Est. 1978
Comité européen des associations nationales de constructeurs de machines pour chaussures et transformation du cuir / Frankfurt-Main, Germany
International Athletic Footwear Committee
Europäischer Modeauschuss Schuhe / Zurich, Switzerland
International Snowshoe Association / Saco ME, USA / Est. 1925
Two/Ten International Footwear Foundation / Watertown MA, USA / Est. 1939
EVAlliance / Paris, France / Est. 2014

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Action Strategies relating to Footwear

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