Footwear friends has relaunched with a major rebrand and new name

Footwear Friends, the footwear charity founded in 1836 as the Benevolent Society of Master Boot and Shoemakers, has completed an extensive rebrand to help it continue to reach and help those in need within the footwear community.

At the centre of this rebrand is a new name, the Footwear Industry Trust. A return to a more traditional name, it aims to reflect the charity’s long history, like a modern version of the Boot Trade Benevolent Society, the name it went by for almost the whole of the 20th Century.

The new logo shows the name alongside a marque made of a shoelace tied in a bow to represent the connection that they’d like to reestablish within the footwear community. These sit above a new tag line, The Charity for the Footwear Trade, a reminder that this a charity by the trade, for the trade.

The newly rebranded Footwear Industry Trust is passionate not only about helping those in need, but also about reaching out and reconnecting footwear professionals with their peers. Despite all the upheavals that have taken place over the decades, FIT believes that the industry they serve and the people in it belong to a family. A community. It’s not just with a new name and a new logo but with a renewed sense of purpose that FIT aims to remind people that right there in the heart of their industry is an organisation with roots stretching back generations, but which understands how people live and work today.

By enlisting the help of employers FIT wants to reach directly into the workplace and reforge those connections between people in the footwear community. Connections that benefit both those who are in a position to help – to organise a fun run or an event, to donate their time or money – and those in their community who are in need. The Footwear Industry Trust believes it is these connections that create the community we share.

Commenting on the charity’s rebrand, Chairman David Lockyer said,

“During its long history the charity has helped many thousands of individuals who have often given a lifetime of service to the footwear industry but now find they need help which FIT provides both through one-off grants and regular annuity payments. With this new identity and a renewed sense of community, we intend to help even more people and families for many years to come.”

We hope you love the new look!