• Footwear Industry Data by FDRA

    Footwear Industry by Data by FDRA Infographic
  • Latest Key Insights

    Experts Discussing Key Issues Around Sustainability

    PODCAST 213: Tiffany Beers on software people should use during these turbulent times, new sustainable footwear, digital events, and more!



    ARTICLE: how companies can lessen their global footprint while increasing their bottom line. Find 8 easy steps to greater sustainability here!



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



    PODCAST 154: FDRA's Footwear Innovation Advisor Tiffany Beers joins Shoe-In Show as the crew discusses updates on renewable materials



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



    PODCAST 189: An Honest Discussion on All Things Footwear Sustainability Featuring Teva and Other Industry Leaders



    PODCAST 192: Sustainability talk with Reebok’s brand president, Matt O’Toole!



    PODCAST 136: The Inside Scoop on How Allbirds Built their Brand with a Total Focus on Sustainability​


  • Latest News

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    Top News Articles We've Seen Around Sustainability

    Operational progress and moving the needle towards zero-carbon design — Nike

    Timberland’s products will be fully circular by 2030

    On running is betting people will pay for a subscription for running shoes

    Puma launches shoes, apparel made of recycled plastic

  • 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. Contact info@fdra.org for more information.

    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.

  • 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.

  • FDRA’s Digital Shoe Sustainability Summit

    On-Demand Access thru 2020

    FDRA Shoe Supply Chain Digital Summit

    On-Demand Access thru 2/15/2021

  • 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.