• Shoeconomy is powered by FDRA, the footwear industry's business and trade association representing over 90% of the entire shoe industry.

     

    Each week, FDRA tracks and analyzes the "SHOECONOMY"—or footwear marketplace—to help shoe retailers and brands make better business decisions. It provides industry data around sales, prices, employment, and hourly wages as well as using media channels to host shoe executives discussing trends and operational innovations. Learn more at FDRA.org

  • The Economics of the Footwear Industry

    By the numbers... COVID-19 Impact as of September 2020

    168,700

    Footwear workers nationwide

    (Down from 316,000)

    70%

    of shoe execs expect shoe sales to drop 20-40% in 2020

    6 months

    The time shoe execs say it will take to get back to normal supply chain operations

    -28%

    Shoe store sales tumbled  in July from a year earlier in the wake of COVID-19

    -8.5%

    Spending on shoes in July drops y/y to an annualized $81.1 billion

    -3.9%​

    August retail footwear prices saw their third-steepest y/y decline since 1952

  • By the numbers... as of March 2020 before COVID-19

    $85.6 Billion

    The amount Americans spent on shoes in 2019

    316,000

    Footwear workers nationwide

    $19.29

    Average hourly pay for shoe store employees

    25 Million

    Total pairs of shoes made in America in 2019

    $3.3 Billion

    The amount spent on footwear duties in 2019

    99%

    Percentage of all shoes sold in the U.S. that are imported

    8

    Average pairs imported per person in 2019​

  • FDRA has created a digital learning center designed to help anyone working or furloughed to continue to learn and maintain their knowledge and skills during the COVID-19 crisis.

    Our Digital Professional Development site offers a variety of resources, by issue area, featuring insights and training via videos, podcasts, articles, documents, memos, and letters to help you stay up to date with the latest and most relevant industry news.

  • Shoe Industry Business and Marketplace Insights By Leaders

    LISTEN

     The Way Ahead with  Ed Rosenfeld

    LISTEN

    A Look Into The Future of Footwear with Dave Grange

    LISTEN

    Shoe Carnival CEO Talks About Stores Reopening from Staff to Storefront to Customer!

  • The Faces & Shoe Stories of Footwear Workers

    Click on a story below to learn more about various jobs in the footwear industry.

    The Faces & Shoe Stories of Footwear Workers

    Click on a story below to learn more about various jobs in the footwear industry.

    The Faces & Shoe Stories of Footwear Workers

    Click on a story below to learn more about various jobs in the footwear industry.

    The Faces & Shoe Stories of Footwear Workers

    Click on a story below to learn more about various jobs in the footwear industry.

    The Faces & Shoe Stories of Footwear Workers

    Click on a story below to learn more about various jobs in the footwear industry.

    The Faces & Shoe Stories of Footwear Workers

    Click on a story below to learn more about various jobs in the footwear industry.

    The Faces & Shoe Stories of Footwear Workers

    Click on a story below to learn more about various jobs in the footwear industry.

    The Faces & Shoe Stories of Footwear Workers

    Click on a story below to learn more about various jobs in the footwear industry.

    The Faces & Shoe Stories of Footwear Workers

    Click on a story below to learn more about various jobs in the footwear industry.

    The Faces & Shoe Stories of Footwear Workers

    Click on a story below to learn more about various jobs in the footwear industry.

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    Designer

    LISTEN to Jazerai Allen-Lord, Author, Designer, and Sneaker Strategist who has been a voice within sneaker culture for over a decade. It was an honor to have her on to discuss culture, her newest shoe release and business.

     

     

     

    CEO & CO-Founder, COMUNITYMADE​

    LISTEN as Shoe-blazers Sean and Shannon Scott drop by Shoe-In to discuss the concept and mission of COMUNITYmade — an LA-based shoe company making high-quality footwear in the U.S. and giving back to the local community.

  • Footwear Innovation

    Watch brands talk about how the footwear industry is changing

    how we design, develop, manufacture, and sell shoes…

  • Sign up for our FREE Footwear Retail Recap monthly newsletter

  • Resources

    Looking for more information? Want to be more involved with FDRA? Visit our websites below to gain valuable insights on everything from sustainability to innovation data.

    Shoesustainability.com is the industry’s news and resource center on how brands can reduce their environmental footprint, step by step.

    Our newest site to educate on shoe intellectual property issues and eradicate counterfeit footwear.

    To see all things footwear innovation, from design to PD to production to materials and retail, visit here.

    FDRA’s Footwear Customs and Import Center is a one-stop-shop on footwear customs. Find customs and import docs, get key updates, request sample classifications, and access a digital IFI form.

    This Footwear Sourcing and Compliance Center is a learning and resource hub with the goal of improving social and environmental compliance in footwear supply chains, as well as providing in-depth data, insights and analysis on global footwear production.

    A fun and engaging podcast hosted by Matt Priest and Andy Polk. Each week, listen in on in-depth and dynamic conversations about the business of footwear with the people actually designing, making, marketing, and selling shoes.

    Casual conversation about the shoe business over a hot cup of joe.

  • Sign up for the footwear industry’s FREE weekly newsletter!

    FDRA’s Week in Review brings you key footwear business data, updates and alerts each Friday.

  • EVENTS

  • Digital (3D) Flow Digital Series

    Ongoing through 2020

    Global Shoe Sourcing Digital Series

    On-Demand Access Through 2020

    Digital Shoe Sustainability Summit

    On-Demand Access through 2020

    Shoe Supply Chain Digital Digital Summit

    On-Demand Access through 2/15/2021

    Footwear Retail Roundtable

    October 29, 2020

  • Contact Us

    FDRA is the footwear industry's business and trade association. FDRA supports nearly 500 companies and brands worldwide, representing 90% of total U.S. footwear sales, making it by far the largest and most respected American footwear trade and business association. Contact us if we can assist with your business, or you have questions about the content found on this site.

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