Earlier this month the National Shoe Retailers Association (NSRA) and the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) announced the establishment of a strategic partnership designed to enhance the voice of independent footwear retailers in Washington. As part of the partnership, FDRA will become the main advocacy arm for NSRA members and the more than 8,000 independent footwear retailers nationwide.
The World Basketball Festival wasn’t the only party going down in Washington, DC, last weekend: Converse left its mark on our nation’s capital with a (completely free) one-day block party that celebrated basketball, music and culture, and kicked off the launch of its limited edition Pro Leather WBF footwear collection.
In light of ongoing negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership and changes to U.S. trade policy, New Balance and RPFMA (Rubber and Plastic Footwear Manufacturers Association) will discuss the importance of supporting U.S. jobs and domestic footwear manufacturing at a news conference on Capitol Hill tomorrow, July 18. The Boston, MA-based brand is currently the only athletic shoe company that manufacturers footwear in the U.S., with 25 percent of its U.S.