It represents the full breadth of the footwear industry, supporting more than 100 companies and over 200 brands, from research, design and development, to manufacturing and distribution, to retailers selling to consumers all over the globe. FDRA is the footwear industry’s voice in Washington DC, where it fights footwear tariffs, as well as its business intelligence hub for issues such as footwear product safety, factory social compliance, sales and import data, and sourcing strategy support.   

Since its establishment by the industry in 1944, the world has changed and so has footwear. FDRA has been at the forefront every step of the way promoting industry priorities and leading initiatives in Washington D.C., and helping the industry find solutions. In 2014 the footwear industry is facing its biggest challenges to date from sourcing and social compliance to product safety issues. That’s why both multinational footwear companies and small family owned distributors and retailers rely on FDRA’s expertise now more than ever. For more information on FDRA, visit