The Footwear Intel Center For FDRA Members

US Shoe Store Hiring Slows

Employment prospects in US shoe stores are dimming as sales, hiring, earnings, and hours worked all retreated again in the latest month. After a robust start to 2017 that saw shoe store employment expand to its highest in a quarter century, employment growth for has been slowing over recent months. Accordingly, the shoe store sector is likely to finish 2017 with little to no employment growth or wage growth from levels reached over the last two years.  Media and the public can access FDRA’s latest ‘Shoe Retail Snapshot’ here with more information.  FDRA Members can log into FDRA’s intel center to access full data and analysis.


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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Total US Footwear Employment


Avg. Pairs Imported Per Person in 2016


Total Pairs Made in America in 2016


Total US Sales (in Billions) in 2016