LIPOR conducted a study examining Portuguese consumer habits regarding footwear, aiming to assess various behaviors such as purchasing patterns, usage, disposal practices, and environmental consciousness. It was revealed that consumers typically buy two pairs of shoes annually. Comfort was identified as the primary factor guiding purchasing decisions, while sustainability and eco-design ranked lower in importance. During usage, consumers typically own 6 to 10 pairs of shoes, lasting 1 to 3 years, with some remaining unused but intended for future use. Second-hand shoes are generally avoided due to hygiene concerns. Most consumers opt to repair shoes to prolong their lifespan. Disposal occurs at a rate of one pair per year, typically prompted by damage or wear. Common disposal methods include throwing away damaged shoes into mixed waste bins or donating usable pairs to family, friends or social institutions. 
These findings will inform the development of a management model for footwear and post-consumer waste as part of the Bioshoes4All Project. 





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