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  • Shoe Shopping? Legislation Could Make Shoes Cheaper and Create Jobs

    If Congress wants to create more jobs this holiday shopping season, it can start by eliminating many Depression-era tariffs on shoes.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 186,110 Americans work for shoe stores, an industry that generates $4.6 billion in annual wages. Many people who work for large department stores, drive delivery trucks, or are employed as fashion designers also rely on shoe sales for their jobs.

    Congress penalizes these workers by imposing an average 10 percent tariff on imported shoes. Tariffs on shoes are much higher than the overall 1.3 percent average U.S. tariff rate.

    Shoe tariffs can be even higher than 10 percent, depending on what materials they are made from. As a result, many shoemakers are forced to employ “tariff engineers” to design shoes that will qualify for lower tariff rates.

    The bipartisan Affordable Footwear Act, introduced by Representatives Joe Crowley (D–NY) and Lynn Jenkins (R–KS) in the House of Representatives and Senators Roy Blunt (R–MO) and Maria Cantwell (D–WA) in the Senate, would eliminate tariffs on many lines of shoes that are no longer produced in the United States.

    This legislation would boost opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Americans who design, transport, and market shoes, while reducing prices for consumers. And as Congress cut tariffs on imported shoes, every dollar consumers saved could be spent on food, clothing, or other products, creating jobs in other industries, too.

    Eliminating high tariffs on shoes would also give American policymakers additional credibility when they ask other countries to cut tariffs affecting U.S. exports.

    Congress could give holiday shoppers an unexpected gift by taking a stand against overpriced shoes and cutting tariffs.

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    4 Responses to Shoe Shopping? Legislation Could Make Shoes Cheaper and Create Jobs

    1. Bobbie says:

      when is America's congress going to legislate in America's favor to protect her from the chronic abuse of wrongful minded legislators?

    2. sbj1964 says:

      Sounds good until China starts dumping shoes in the U.S. market at below cost like they did with car tires.

    3. don says:

      No, what needs to be done is to keep increasing those tarrif's on imported products and find ways to force companies to bring those manufacturing jobs back here to the states! This whole idea of globalization and free trade agreements have relegated the average American worker to a life of either low paying retail or service industry jobs or a secure place on the public dole sponging off the rest of us that still think hard work evetually pays off. Until we find a way to force companies to build their products here and put the American people back to work, we are doomed to suffer the conserquences of our own foolish greed.

      • Sean McGargill says:


        I see it all so clear now; high tariffs= more manufacturing jobs! Except that statement is just not true. A tariff is a tax on the American consumer. Tariffs = More Costs

        If you want manufacturing to return we should start with reducing our corporate tax rates (which are 2nd highest in the world) to bring back the incentive to build a business in this country.

        You want to force companies to stay? Forcing someone to do something for your behalf is slavery my friend.

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