About Us

FDRA is the footwear industry’s business and trade association

Founded in 1944, FDRA is governed and directed by footwear executives and is the only trade organization focused solely on the footwear industry. It serves the full footwear supply chain and boosts the bottom lines of its members through innovative products, training and consulting on footwear design and development, sourcing and compliance, trade and customs, advocacy, and consumer and sales trend analysis for retailers selling shoes around the world. FDRA also runs the footwear industry’s weekly podcast Shoe-In Show featuring leading footwear executives and experts discussing key business trends.

FDRA members range from small family-owned footwear businesses to multi-national footwear companies. Members include the majority of U.S. footwear manufacturers, brands, retailers and importers. In all, FDRA supports nearly 500 companies and brands worldwide, representing 90% of total U.S. footwear sales, making it by far the largest and most respected American footwear trade and business association. Click here to view a list of FDRA members.

Why has over 80% of the footwear industry joined FDRA? Because we boost their business.

FDRA Leadership Team

Mike Jeppesen
FDRA Chairman
President, Global Operations
Wolverine Worldwide

Cliff Sifford
FDRA Vice Chairman
President & CEO
Shoe Carnival

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Jennifer Bendall
FDRA Treasurer
Government Relations
NIKE

Ed Rosenfeld
FDRA Ex Officio Chairman
Chairman & CEO
Steve Madden, Ltd.

Andy Gilbert
Chairman
Membership Outreach
Genesco

Kellie Davies
Chairman
Sourcing & Compliance
Target

Josue Solano
Chairman
Product Safety
BBC International

Oliver Ng
Chairman
Factory Outreach
Ever Rite Factory Group

Rodney Pratt
Chairman
Diversity & Workforce Development
Converse

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Matt Priest
President
& CEO
FDRA

Keep up with industry business and consumer trends

Tune into the footwear industry’s podcast – featuring industry executives and experts discussing business insights and trends each week.