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  • About the Forum

    The Black Footwear Forum (BFF) exists to celebrate and safeguard the influence, leadership, and creativity provided by blacks in the global footwear industry. As a collective of footwear industry professionals and supporters from around the country, BFF encourages collaboration in establishing industry goals that center on developing and advancing black talent at all levels.


    The BFF also works to cultivate community for Black footwear professionals through national and regional chapter events and activations. 

  • Events, News, Jobs & Resources

    deeper Dive into what the Forum has to offer

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    resources + Training

    black footwear industry news and articles

    news + ARTICLES

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    Join the Black Footwear Forum and follow us to stay connected! Email sbutler@fdra.org for more information.


  • Black Footwear Forum Sponsors

  • About FDRA + Pensole Lewis College

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    FDRA provides clarity and insights for decision making, efficiency, and productivity for footwear professionals. We develop essential products and innovative solutions to boost the bottom line for our members across the industry, from footwear design to retail. We fight to support footwear jobs and shoe consumers in Washington, DC and around the globe. Find more in-depth information and examples of how we drive value to our members every day. Considering membership? Contact us.

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    Pensole Lewis College offers a new path to break into the world of product creation, preparing a talented pool of designers to enter the industry. We strive to make a better pathway for this generation, leaving our industry better than when we entered it. Students learn through an intensive curriculum comprised of a step-by-step session plan for inspiration, concept development, problem solving, prototyping, marketing, networking skills, and portfolio development. Learn more.

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    Blacklights is a fresh and innovative podcast continuing conversations on diversity, highlighting black footwear industry leaders, and more.

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  • 2023 National Black Footwear Forum Event

    Pensole Lewis College of Business and Design, Detroit, MI |  September 21–24

    Black Footwear Forum 2023 National Event Detroit

    Thanks to our event sponsors!

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    To reserve a sponsorship, contact us.