Basketball legend Michael Jordan once said “It’s not about the shoes; it’s about what you do in them” – which is a bit rich, coming from a man with his own line of sporting footwear. Truth is, whether you’re an Olympian or a back-street jogger, Messi in the making or a weekend golfer, the right pair of shoes counts for a lot. And the latest findings from Roy Morgan Research reveal that nearly 800,000 Aussies 14+ buy men’s sporting shoes in any given four weeks, spending an average of $108 each.
Last year, 791,000 Australians bought men’s sporting shoes in any given four-week period (up from 728,000 in 2014). Seventy percent of purchases are made by men, and somewhat surprisingly, 30% are made by women.
For the second consecutive year, Rebel Sport is the most popular store for buying men’s sporting footwear. The 2015 winner of the Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Award for Sports Store of the Year accounts for 9.2% of all shoppers (some 73,000 people) who buy men’s sporting shoes in an average four weeks.
Top 10 retailers for men’s sporting footwear: customer volume
Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), January–December 2015 (n=448).
In second place is Rivers (8.1%/64,000 shoppers), while The Athlete’s Foot (winner of the Shoe Store category in last year’s Roy Morgan Research Customer Satisfaction Awards) is the third-most popular store for buying men’s sporting footwear, attracting 6.3%/50,000 of total shoppers.
Five of the remaining seven stores in the Top 10 are specialist sports retailers, with discount department stores Big W and Kmart also making an appearance.
Customer numbers vs average amount spent
If we consider the average amount spent per customer on men’s sports shoes at these retailers, a different picture emerges.
With an average customer spend of $177, The Athlete’s Foot leads the field in terms of dollars spent per person. Foot Locker may rank eighth in terms of shopper numbers, but it shoots up to second place for the average amount ($146) its customers spend on men’s sporting footwear.
Top 10 retailers for men’s sporting footwear: average customer spend
Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), January–December 2015 (n=462).
Customers at Nike Stores spend the third-highest amount ($140), while those shopping at Rebel Sport come in fourth ($133). Budget sneakers are the go at Kmart, where thrifty customers spend an average of $30.