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The Footwear Intel Center For FDRA Members

Voices from the Footwear Industry—Celebrating Black History Month

Listen to Shoe-In Shoe episodes:

  • #199 Sabria Butler, FDRA’s Events and Marketing Assistant on sneakers and diversity in footwear!
  • #198 Talking everything from strategy, design, and diversity with author, designer, and sneaker strategist, Jazerai Allen-Lord!
  • #197 Chris Burns, Author and Founder of talks his Newest Endeavors and the Biggest Trending Topics in the Sneaker Community
  • #196 African American Footwear Series: Covering all things footwear related with kickstorian Dee Wells!
  • #146 Diversity Real Talk with Drew Greer, Co-Founder of BRAND I AM
  • #145 African American Footwear Series: Driving Diversity with Geoff Green at Foot Locker
  • #144 African American Footwear Series: Diversity Download with D’Wayne Edwards of PENSOLE Part 2
  • #143 African American Footwear Series: Diversity Download with D’Wayne Edwards of PENSOLE Part 1

Watch for our special Kicks Over Coffee Black History Month series


Representing over 95% of the entire footwear industry, FDRA is the industry’s business and trade association, providing innovative products, training and consulting. Its 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.

A site to educate, empower and activate the footwear industry in all things shoe sustainability

An online platform helping brands and suppliers cut development costs and increase speed-to-market.

News hub for footwear innovation related to design, development, materials, production and retail.

Everything you need to know about importing footwear from duty rates to rules and regulations.

A video channel featuring casual caffeinated chats between FDRA and industry experts on footwear hot topics.

Search footwear chemical and physical testing requirements by country.

The footwear industry’s weekly podcast featuring executives and experts on current business trends.

A site to educate on shoe intellectual property issues and eradicate counterfeit footwear.

Access footwear sourcing data, material costs, compliance training and trends.

Opportunities, education, and awareness for African Americans in the Footwear Industry and Community.

The economics of the footwear industry from sales data to shoe jobs.

Find domestic manufacturing stats, view reports and hear domestic producers stories.


A closer look at footwear consumption and production throughout the United States


Total U.S. Footwear


Average Pairs Imported
Per Person in 2020

25 Million

Total Pairs Made in
America in 2020

$76.9 Billion

Total U.S. Personal Spending
on Footwear in 2020