A handful of Iran’s largest shoe makers have been given the green light by the country’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to make slip resistant boots.
But with the world’s third-largest economy still reeling from a nuclear crisis, Iran’s shoe makers are facing new hurdles in their quest to build a robust supply chain that can be sold internationally and meet the high standards required by the international standards of the UN.
“The shoe industry is a big industry in Iran, with some 100 companies in the shoe business,” said Shams Maziari, head of the shoe industry division at the World Trade Organisation.
“For a lot of them it is a tough task.
They have to be more selective in selecting shoes.
The last thing we want is to go to the market without a shoe that is as good as the ones we can get.”
The shoe makers, known as mazaes, have to get their hands on a variety of materials, including the rubber and nylon materials used to make the shoes.
They also have to procure the necessary machinery and equipment to make these shoes.
But the country has been forced to resort to importing some of these materials, which makes the manufacturing process less efficient.
Iran’s Supreme leader is the head of Iran, and his aides have the final say on matters of industry.
The Supreme Leader also has the power to sign off on any decision of the companies he controls, which can make it hard for the shoe makers to comply with his directives.
The Supreme Leader has a particular interest in the footwear industry, which has grown in Iran in recent years.
He has overseen the implementation of several government policies aimed at improving the shoe sector and the country is also considering the establishment of a new shoe industry.
According to a report by the government-owned Iranian daily Fars, the Supreme Leader’s office has asked for a “good” production capability and said the companies should be able to “work on” the shoe.
But Iran’s shoes makers are wary of the orders, which are expected to cost them $30 million (£17.5m) to $60 million (£28.5 million) annually, according to a senior shoe industry official.
“We need to build up a solid supply chain.
We don’t want to go through another year of delays,” Maziaryi said.
“It’s a tough time.
We are ready for any orders.”
The country is still struggling with a supply crisis after a devastating nuclear bomb explosion last year killed more than 3000 people and destroyed hundreds of nuclear reactors.
Since then, Iran has been in a state of emergency, with thousands of workers unable to leave their homes.
“It’s not easy for the companies to get into the market,” Mazari said.