• Shoe Sustainability Digital Training Center

    for Shoe Designers, Development, Materials, Sourcing and Supply Chain Professionals


    Course 1

    Sustainable Endings: Recycling, Waste Management & Circularity

    Course 2

    Sustainable Shoe Design, Construction, & Production

    Course 3

    Sustainable Shoe Materials, Certifications, & Standards

    New! Course 4 (March 14, 2022)

    Sustainable Coatings & Finishes for Achieving Circularity


    The most in-depth training anywhere on the most important shoe sustainability issues​ 

    FDRA and The Footwearists have developed this training center to ensure footwear professionals have key insights, understanding and pathways forward on sustainability—providing a holistic look at critical issues to help achieve real progress and success. The digital content on this website is the most in-depth you will find anywhere, with key leaders and experts sharing ideas and strategy. 


    Structured to Ensure Full Robust Training

    Our courses are organized by key issue areas, and each course is structured with classes to help you fully understand challenges, definitions, and issues at the start. We then introduce new ideas and strategy from key experts to help you build your knowledge up and help you develop skills and tools to help you execute. 


    On Demand! Anywhere and Everywhere Globally!

    All videos have been recorded and posted by topic area so you can log in and watch each class at your own speed when you have time and wherever you are around the world. The access will be provided for more than 6 months to ensure you can go back to re-watch content as needed.


    Low Cost— Buy Individual Courses or a Bundle

    Individuals can register and pay a low rate per course of $199, or they can contact FDRA to put together several topic areas for a special package rate of $299 for 2 courses or $399 for all 4. FDRA member companies can also purchase corporate access where the entire company can access these important training sessions—linking ideas and pathways across departments—for a very low rate. 


    NEW! Course 4 Launching in March

    Finish What You Started! How coatings and finishes are essential for achieving circularity

    This special event focuses on a key sustainability issues not often focused on, but critical to helping companies increase sustainability and help them get closer to achieving circularity. Areas and topics we will cover include:

    • Sustainable options for waterproofing and water resistance
    • The current state of bio-based coatings
    • The future of finishing: Compostable coatings
    • Finishing for durability

    Beginning March 14, 2022, registered users can view recorded interviews with experts on key finishing topics that will help train footwear designers, development, materials and sourcing teams on critical issues.  In the days following, users will have access to live webinar and Q&A sessions so you can hear from leaders and get your most pressing questions answered. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the training center along with the recorded interviews so that registered users can access them at any time.

  • How the Shoe Sustainability Training Center Works



    Register to be a training center member, choosing individual topic areas or access to the entire center.


    Receive Access Instructions

    You will receive an email with access instructions for the training center.


    On-Demand Access

    Your registration to the center provides continued access to the content you chose, and opportunities for all future content.


    New Content

    New courses will be added as we develop new material, and you will be contacted each time the site is updated!


    Low cost and special group discounts for FDRA members