• Shoe Sustainability - A site to educate, empower and activate the footwear industry
  • Footwear Industry Data by FDRA

    Footwear Industry by Data by FDRA Infographic
  • FDRA Programs and Resources

    FDRA's Shoe Waste Program

    FDRA's new Shoe Waste Program is focused on creating a waste diversion program that proves a return on investment for both brands and manufacturers. It is aimed at optimizing material use and manufacturing practices as well as helping factories understand and implement recycling programs.

    Footwear Material Exchange Platform

    FDRA helped create the Material Exchange — a platform focused on helping brands and material suppliers cut down on material waste prior to usage through better material selection, as well as helping brands be able to see sustainability specs of materials before development begins. ME will help eliminate tons of material waste over time.

  • Latest Insights

    Articles and Experts Discussing Key Issues Around Sustainability

    An in-depth discussion on sustainability and recyclability of footwear through the lens of Adidas' Futurecraft Loop



    FDRA's Footwear Innovation Advisor Tiffany Beers joins Shoe-In Show as the crew discusses updates on renewable materials



    Spring Design Partners article on Materials made for walking: footwear that puts planet earth first



    Xavier Vital, SGS Sustainability expert​, discusses simple steps to shoe sustainability at no real cost over coffee with FDRA



    In a Win for Sustainability, This Dr. Scholl’s Sneaker Nabs Top Honor at Accessories Council’s Design Excellence Awards​


  • Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing Organizations

    Non profit groups that focus on footwear material development and the manufacturing processes

    The objective of this multi-stakeholder group is to develop and maintain a protocol that assesses the environmental compliance and performance capabilities of leather manufacturers and promotes sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry.

    The SAC is transforming the apparel, footwear, and textile industry through standardized measurement. For the first time, factories around the world can use the Higg Facility Social & Labor Module to measure social impacts of the value chain. And with the Higg Facility Environmental Module they can assess environmental impacts.

    Members of the global cotton supply chain are now collectively addressing the negative impacts of mainstream cotton production by supporting this globally recognised definition, generating market demand for Better Cotton, and sharing information and knowledge to enable continuous improvement on everybody’s part.

    The Responsible Wool Standard is an independent, voluntary standard. On farms, the certification ensures that sheep are treated with respect to their Five Freedoms and also ensures best practices in the management and protection of the land. Through the processing stages, certification ensures that wool from certified farms is properly identified and tracked.

    OEKO-TEX® offers companies of the textile industry several certifications and services to have their products tested for harmful substances by independent institutes, and to optimize their production conditions and their supply chains with regard to sustainability.

    An independent 3rd party certification ensuring that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.

    BLUESIGN traces each textile’s path along the manufacturing process, making improvements at every stage from factory floor to finished product...As a solution provider and knowledge broker, BLUESIGN acts as an independent verifier to secure trust and transparency. Corresponding to this approach, BLUESIGN encourages the industry to increase their efforts in sustainable processes step by step.

    Textile Exchange is a global non-profit that works closely with our members to drive industry transformation in preferred fibers, integrity and standards and responsible supply networks. We identify and share best practices regarding farming, materials, processing, traceability and product end-of-life in order to reduce the textile industry’s impact on the world’s water, soil and air, and the human population.

  • Resources for Measuring and Reporting Sustainability

    & Legal Marketing Requirements

    Below are guides and standards your company can use to better understand and measure sustainability

  • Footwear Design Summit

    New York City // Tuesday, November 12, 2019

    FTDC (Shoe Tariff Conference)

    Long Beach, California // October 27 – 29, 2019

  • FDRA is the footwear industry's business and trade association. In all, 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 this site.