Listen or read with us to explore innovations reshaping footwear manufacturing, as well as companies and innovators with compelling stories and belief in domestic production.
Could Kanye West Really Make Yeezys in the USA?
Kanye West revealed in a recent interview a particularly interesting soundbite regarding the future of his Yeezy sneaker production, saying that within the next two years, “We’re gonna’ bring them back to the States.” Could Yeezys really be made in America in just two years time? FDRA's Matt Priest has tracked West’s movements in the footwear industry and as a personality, and even owns a few pairs of Yeezys himself. Read on to find out what Priest thinks is possible, the challenges faced, and if bringing footwear production back to America is really as good as it sounds.
Tour KEEN's Innovative Portland Factory With Shoe-In
Shoe-in Show published three special episodes on what U.S. footwear manufacturing looks like in the 21st century from the floor of KEEN's footwear factory in Portland, OR. This series features a step-by-step audio tour of the factory in action and an interview with the plant manager and workers about domestic production challenges and opportunities. Click here to listen to our factory tour and discussions!
CEO of Lee & Barrett on Hand Crafted American Shoes:
There’s a quiet shoe making revolution taking place in NYC and its lead revolutionary, Brandon Cohn. Brandon, CEO of Lee & Barrett, joins Shoe-In to share Lee & Barrett dynamic story and explain why he sees the dawn of a new footwear Americana. Click here to listen to our discussion on how made in America means greater speed and style.
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Join the Working Group
FDRA has established a domestic footwear producer working group
The working group is open to any U.S. footwear manufacturer, allowing them to join in conference calls to discuss issues important to the industry. If you are a domestic footwear producer and want to get involved, email FDRA for more information.
FDRA produces key industry data and reports to help companies
Training and Education
There are a number of workshops, webinars, and events you can attend
From workshops on materials, design, and development innovation to webinars on products and services to the industry - FDRA provides a wide arrange of educational and networking programs for those looking to continue their footwear education. Learn more here.
FDRA is the footwear industry’s business and trade association. Founded in 1944, FDRA is governed and directed by footwear executives across the 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 over 130 companies and 250 brands worldwide, representing 95% of total U.S. footwear sales, making it by far the largest and most respected American footwear trade and business association. Learn more about how FDRA supports the industry.