Stay Plugged In Each Week:


FDRA produces numerous reports on footwear sales in the US, Canada and EU. It also produces price reports and employment at shoe stores. Examples:



– Shoeconomy Snapshots: FY 2017 Here

– Monthly Retail Recap:

– Quarterly NPD Group Report:

– National Sales Survey (at least 2 times per year):

– National Consumer Report (spending habits and patterns): 2017 Here

– A visual look at our footwear industry:

Customs/import compliance:

– Rulings Booklet 2017:

– Customs Report (monthly):

– FTDC – annual traffic and customs conference where 200 supply chain and customs professionals network and learn:

– Total footwear import and customs center – from classification of samples, to labeling requirements to
trade agreement info, its all here, free for members:

– Annual Customs Meeting:

– Working Group Calls

– Trade and Politics Newsletter:

– FDRA’s Global Footwear Testing Guide (online):

– Risk Management (chemical fail rate) report:

– Compliance Summit:

– Quality Control Center: Coming Soon

other resources:

Design, Product Development and IP:

– Materials and Innovation Summit – over 100 designers, product development/materials professionals (from nearly 30 brands) attended our material summit last year, we expect an increase this year.  Click here to see the type of speakers and topics we cover:  The 2018 Summit will again be at NC State in September.

– Monthly Design and IP digest:

– Monthly Material costs:

– Smart Shoe Series – over 2018 we will hold a number of seminars, webinars and some workshops on 3D design and development to a number of innovations impacting how we design, develop and produce shoes.  An example:

– Material Exchange Project – we are helping build a digitial material data base for brands…making it easier to select the right material and communicate with suppliers…cutting costs and man hours, while increasing certainty. video the current demo here:


Sourcing, Supply Chain and social compliance:

– Monthly newsletter:

– Material costs:

– Import data by category:

– Yearly Sourcing Report:

– Factory Training online (FDRA provides members with a set of compliance courses for its compliance team and/or factories):

– RFP/Code of Conduct:

– Annual Summit:

– Quarterly update calls:

– Trade and Politics Newsletter: