01 Dec FDRA: Boot Imports Fall As Athletic Shoes Continue Towards Record Year
As we near the end of the year, the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) has put some key footwear trends into perspective in its latest report.
Per data in FDRA’s September monthly Footwear Sales Report, the U.S. footwear marketplace is now valued at $76.7 billion, with U.S. shoe store sales growing for the 13th straight month.
Helping to drive sales were athletic footwear imports, which FDRA said was on pace for a record year. Boot imports, meanwhile, recorded a steep 13.7% decline during the month of September, indicating that retailers are ordering less, perhaps weary following last year’s warmer-than-expected winter.