• About the Black Footwear Forum

    The Black Footwear Forum invites footwear industry professionals and supporters to share stories and ideas and to create a dialog around the influence, leadership, and passion provided by blacks in the global footwear industry. This forum encourages collaboration to establish industry goals in the development of black talent at all levels.

     

    Surrounding the Forum are regional and national events that provide connecting conversations for black footwear professional brands to share concerns and solutions to help shape the conversation while bridging the gaps across the industry.

  • Black Footwear Forum Advisory Committee

    Providing invaluable guidance and expertise for the Black Footwear Forum organization

    Jazerai Allen-Lord
    NYc CHAPTER LEAD

    Founder, True to Size Agency

    David Ballin

    BOSTON CHAPTER LEAD

    Puma

    Portia Blunt
    BOSTON CHAPTER LEAD

    Reebok

    LaShae Boone-McCray

    COLUMBUS CHAPTER LEAD

    RG Barry Brands

    Sabria Butler

    NATIONAL FORUM LEAD

    FDRA

    Darla Pires DeGrace

    BOSTON CHAPTER LEAD

    DeGrace Group Consulting

    April Dinwoodie
    NYc CHAPTER LEAD

    Steve Madden

    Chris Dixon

    BOSTON CHAPTER LEAD

    Timberland

    Dr. D’Wayne Edwards

    NATIONAL FORUM LEAD

    PENSOLE Lewis College of Business & Design

    Dace Graham

    ATLANTA CHAPTER LEAD

    Target

    Brandis Russell

    BOSTON CHAPTER LEAD

    Converse

    Kris Wright
    PORTLAND CHAPTER LEAD

    NIKE
  • regional black footwear forum chapters

    sign up for updates on meetups & more from your local chapter

  • Get Involved in the Black Footwear Forum

    Join our email list to join the Black Footwear Forum. Receive emails featuring events, news highlights, resources, staying involved, initiatives, and more.

  • Black Footwear Forum Sponsors

  • About FDRA + Pensole Lewis College

    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.

    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. Our programs teach students through an intensive curriculum comprised of a step-by-step session plan including inspiration, concept development, problem solving, prototyping, marketing, networking skills, and portfolio development. Learn more about PLC.

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