• 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. 

  • Upcoming Events

    Interested in partnering with the Black Footwear Forum? Please contact us.

    bff nEW yORK Meetup

    Thursday, February 23, 2023

    Lenzing Group NYC // 530 7th Ave, Ste 808, Midtown South

    Save the date for another BFF Mixer in NYC Thursday evening, February 23. Time, location, and signup details to come.

    Black Footwear Forum National Event

    September 15–17, 2023

    Pensole Lewis College, Detroit, MI

    Save the date for the 2023 national Forum. Learn more


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  • 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. 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.