• Shoeconomy is powered by FDRA, the footwear industry's business and trade association representing over 95% 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 May 2021

    187,200

    Footwear workers nationwide

    (Down from 333,626)

    74%

    of respondents to an FDRA industry survey see a stronger six-month outlook for both the economy and shoe shoppers’ buying power

    53%

    Most the of respondents to an FDRA industry survey believe it will take more than twelve months for their company’s sales to return to pre-COVID levels.

    -27.7%

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

    +62.7%

    March soared y/y to an annualized $100.7B, a record

    -0.2%

    Retail footwear prices saw their thirteenth straight y/y decline in March

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

    $82.5 Billion

    The amount Americans spent on shoes in 2019

    333,626

    Footwear workers nationwide

    $19.32

    Average hourly pay for shoe store employees

    25 Million

    Total pairs of shoes made in America

    $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

    Innovating Better Things in a Better Way With Jad Finck of Allbirds

    LISTEN

    Footwear Industry Deep Dives with Diane Sullivan

    LISTEN

    Speaking of Sperry with Joelle Grunberg

  • 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.

     

     

     

     

    Global VP of Innovation​

    LISTEN as Jean-Luc Diard, Global VP of Innovation at Deckers and Head of Deckers X Lab shares his journey from starting off as a passionate runner to developing one of the hottest running shoes in the business — HOKA One One.

  • 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

  • 2021 Shoe Supply Chain Digital Summit

    July 19 – 21, 2021

    2021 Shoe Sustainability Digital Summit

    launches in August 2021

    2021 Footwear IP Digital Summit

    ON-DEMAND

  • Contact Us

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