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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 95% 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 95% 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

Cliff Sifford
FDRA Chairman
Vice Chairman & CEO
Shoe Carnival

Jennifer Bendall
FDRA Vice Chairman
Government Relations

Josue Solano
FDRA Treasurer
Chief Executive Officer
BBC International

Mike Jeppesen
FDRA Ex Officio Chairman
President, Global Operations
Wolverine Worldwide

Andy Gilbert
Membership Outreach

Keli Lerdal
Sourcing & Compliance

Brandis Russell
Chairman, Diversity & Workforce Development Committee


Matt Priest