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Shoe Retail Update: Total Shoe Sales Grow, Shoe Stores Channel Finally Up

FDRA issues a number of shoe retail reports each month to its members, including on national shoe store sales and footwear prices. The most current data shows shoe store sales rose very slightly in April (the most recent government data). Meanwhile, total shoe sales across the U.S. were up again – indicating online sales and some channels like big box stores continue to grow more than shoe stores. Take a look at our latest Shoeconomy Update where we discuss these trends and issues impacting the economics of the shoe industry. If you have questions, please let us know.


Representing over 80% of the entire footwear industry, FDRA is the industry’s business and trade association, providing innovative products, training and consulting. It’s members include the majority of U.S. footwear manufacturers, brands, retailers and importers to global footwear companies. What FDRA does is simple: It advocates for lower costs for consumers, allowing its members to sell more shoes and create jobs.

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