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 80% 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 is over 80% of the footwear industry FDRA members? Because we boost their business.

FDRA Leadership Team

Ed Rosenfeld

FDRA Chairman
Chairman & CEO
Steve Madden, Ltd.

Mike Jeppesen

FDRA Vice Chairman
President, Global Operations
Wolverine Worldwide

Cliff Sifford

FDRA Treasurer
President & CEO
Shoe Carnival

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Rick Muskat

FDRA Ex Officio Chairman
Deer Stags Concepts

Andy Gilbert

Membership Outreach

Jennifer Bendall

Government Relations

Kellie Davies

Sourcing & Compliance

Josue Solano

Product Safety
BBC International

Oliver Ng

Asia Outreach
Ever Rite Factory Group

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Matt Priest


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.