“Please never stop the
amazing work you do.”

Simone - Slough
Established in 1836 by the footwear trade for the footwear trade
Every single penny we raise goes directly to those in need
Supporting those in all aspects of the Shoe Trade from design to repair
Over £1 million given out in grants since 2008

The charity for the footwear trade

A lot has changed since the Footwear Industry Trust (FIT) started supporting members of the footwear trade back in 1836. But in these challenging times our simple pledge is the same now as it was then, to offer support and security to those who have fallen on hard times.

There’s no need to wait.

You can donate right now by clicking on the button below. We really appreciate your support.

What we do

When times are tough, it's comforting to know that there's someone out there, ready to step in when no one else can. Whether it's financial support to buy white goods or help with debt management, or funding to help pay for assistance at home or care, FIT is a charity committed to providing help to anyone working in the footwear industry, now or in the past.


The more money you can help us raise, the more people we can help. From trade sponsors and donations, to fundraising events such as race days, the footwear industry awards, the international golf tournament of the shoe, leather and allied trades, charity auctions, funs runs and individual sponsorship events - all ideas and suggestions are welcome.

Industry support

In order to support people in need, the Footwear Industry Trust also needs support itself. We are lucky to have some fantastic corporate partners including Drapers Magazine, The Pattenmakers and Cordwainers Livery Companies, The British Footwear Association, Dr Martens and many more. But you can never have too many friends, so we’re always ready to welcome new corporate partners who want to help us help people in our industry.

Around the community

On 10th September, FIT Trustee Mark Jeffery is running the Great North Run.
The FIT board of trustees were out in force at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London's Park Lane, to celebrate the Annual Drapers Footwear Awards.
Footwear Friends have undergone a complete rebrand to reaffirm their position as the heart of the footwear trade.
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