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 90% of the footwear industry joined FDRA? Because we boost their business.

  • Footwear Customs Classification Guidance
  • Exclusive Sales Data and Trends
  • Social Compliance and Product Safety Expertise
  • Customized Sourcing Strategy Support

Learn all the many benefits of an FDRA membership and how to join.

FDRA Leadership Team

Mike Jeppesen
FDRA Chairman
President, Global Operations
Wolverine Worldwide

Cliff Sifford
FDRA Vice Chairman
President & CEO
Shoe Carnival


Jennifer Bendall
FDRA Treasurer
Government Relations

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

Andy Gilbert
Membership Outreach

Kellie Davies
Sourcing & Compliance

Josue Solano
Product Safety
BBC International

Oliver Ng
Factory Outreach
Ever Rite Factory Group

Rodney Pratt
Diversity & Workforce Development


Matt Priest