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Professional Development & Events

FDRA is the footwear industry’s leading educator, hosting a variety of events from webinars to major summits that focus on industry challenges, best practices, and common solutions. When you’re involved in FDRA and participate in events, you stay connected and empowered to navigate the constantly changing global footwear landscape.


Webinars, In-Person Events, Shows, & Training

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MEMBER REGISTRATION FOR OUR WEEKLY CHECK-IN—Tuesdays at 2:00 pm EST

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2022 FOOTWEAR INDUSTRY EVENTS CALENDAR—Footwear Trade Show Council

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BOSTON, MA Trade, Logistics, and Customs Meeting  |  MEMBERS ONLY

October 13, 2022 | 1:00 – 4:30 pm EST

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BOSTON, MA  |  Brews & Shoes Networking and Charity Event

October 13, 2022 | 5:00 – 7:00 pm EST

DIGITAL | Footwear Tariff & Customs Conference

November 15, 2022 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm EST

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NEW YORK CITY | FFANY Market Week

November 28 – December 2, 2022

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WASHINGTON, DC | Shoe Executive Strategy Summit

April 26 – 27, 2023 | INVITE ONLY


Special Ongoing Training

Shoe Sustainability Training Center | Designers, Developers, Materials, Sourcing Professionals

ON-DEMAND  |  Digital FLOW 3D Transformation Webinar Series


Past Events

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PORTLAND, OR  |  Shoe Sustainability Summit

September 28, 2022

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PORTLAND, OR  |  Brews & Shoes Networking and Charity Event

September 28, 2022

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PORTLAND, OR Trade, Logistics, and Customs Meeting  |  MEMBERS ONLY

September 27, 2022

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DETROIT, MI  |  Black Footwear Forum National Event

September 16–18, 2022

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PORTLAND, OR  |  Black Footwear Forum Meetup

August 25, 2022

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BLACK FOOTWEAR FORUM MEETUP  |  Columbus, OH

August 14, 2022

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FFANY  |  August 2022 Market Week Cocktail Party

August 1, 2022

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MEMBERS SUSTAINABILITY WG CALL | Fully Understanding LCAs

July 28, 2022

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BLACK FOOTWEAR FORUM  |  New York

July 27, 2022

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MEMBERS ONLY WEBINAR  |  Back to School Footwear Survey Results 2022

July 21, 2022

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NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE  |  Sourcing and Supply Chain Summit + Cocktail Party

July 19–20, 2022

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BLACK FOOTWEAR FORUM  |  Boston

June 20, 2022

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WEBINAR | How to Streamline Your Material Sourcing Operations Through Digitization

May 23, 2022

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WEBINAR | Sourcing, Materials and Tech Sustainability Discussion with Rothy’s

May 17, 2022

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MEMBERS SUSTAINABILITY WG CALL | The Future of Bio-based PU for Shoes

April 21, 2022

VIRTUAL  |  Footwear Product Safety Conference

April 7, 2022

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MEMBERS CALL | Nordstrom’s Sustainability Journey and a New Industry-wide Push to Reduce Packaging Waste

April 6, 2022

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WEBINAR  |   Special Sourcing Shift Webinar

March 24, 2022

WEBINAR  |  Shoe Sustainability Course: Dyeing for End of Life

March 16, 2022

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WEBINAR  |  Sustainability and the Leather Supply Chain

February 24, 2022

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VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLE  |  A Supply Chain in Crisis

February 17, 2022

DIGITAL MEETING | Customs & Trade Working Group

January 20, 2022

*Refund policy for FDRA events:

FDRA will issue no refunds for cancelled registrations for its summits less than 14 days prior to the event date (this includes in-person and digital events). FDRA members can transfer their registration to another attendee for the same event. Any questions on this policy should be directed to Andy Polk.