Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America


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.

FDRA represents the shoe-politics surrounding our industry, advocating globally for fair commerce and trade.

Contact Andy Polk for more information: apolk@fdra.org

Tanita Gray

Editor In-Chief, Publisher and Founder of Last-Report.com. Tanita S. Gray is a footwear, accessory and apparel designer/developer by day - writer and content architect by night. With over 16 years experience in the fashion industry, you can find her teaching, talking about the benefits of CBD, drawing thumbnails, writing in her journal, giving her husband & children enormous hugs or eating french fries.

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  1. […] A celebration of the African American contribution to the footwear industry will be held at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. The event is in partnership with D’Waayne Edwards of PENSOLE Footwear Academy and the FDRA. […]

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