Americans paid $9.3 billion more for shoes at retail than needed in 2023
FDRA has been advocating on behalf of the footwear industry for 80 years. Headquartered between the White House and the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, FDRA is THE voice of the footwear industry and constantly pushes for both the full elimination of ALL footwear duties and for the free flow of footwear worldwide.
With 99% of all footwear sold in the U.S. imported, footwear tariffs that were put in place in the 1930s do not protect American jobs as intended, but actually hinder the footwear industry from expanding jobs here in the US. Rather than pay $3.1 billion in footwear duties in 2023, companies could have used those funds to innovate, reinvest, and hire new workers in the fields of design, marketing, retail, and logistics including jobs at ports, warehouses, and in trucking. Doing away with these duties would save American consumers billions annually on their shoes at retail!
Footwear tariffs are also some of the highest on any imported consumer good, averaging 12% but reaching upwards of 48% and 67.5% on certain footwear types. Meanwhile, certain imports like iPhones have no duty rate. Tariffs directly increase the cost of footwear at retail, hitting hard working families the hardest as lower cost basic shoes face significantly higher tariffs than men’s leather dress shoes (8.5%).