Today, more than 98 percent of all footwear sold in the United States is imported. Yet U.S. footwear firms still pay the U.S. treasury more than $2.3 billion in import duties every year. With mark-ups at the wholesale and retail level, those $2.3 billion in duties amount to a $7 billion tax on hardworking American families. The Affordable Footwear Act (H.R. 1708 / S. 1633) is legislation moving through Congress that seeks to end the most egregious of these shoe taxes, the expensive import tariffs on lower- to moderately-priced and children’s footwear no longer made in the United States, to ultimately lower the price of shoes – something everyone must buy. The import tariffs targeted in the Affordable Footwear Act protect no one, yet cost American families billions of dollars every year. The Affordable Footwear Act targets $800 million of the $2.3 billion Americans pay every year in duties. With markups at the wholesale and retail level, this $800 million in cost to the U.S. Treasury actually translates into $2-3 billion in savings for hardworking U.S. families. And with those savings, Americans will hopefully buy more shoes, supporting the one million U.S. workers employed in the U.S. footwear industry. At the same time, the Affordable Footwear Act was carefully crafted to ensure that protections remain in place for the few remaining domestic footwear manufacturers. As a result, the Affordable Footwear Act is truly non-controversial legislation supported by the entire U.S. foot/codeear industry. Act Now! Tell your member of Congress to “Stomp Out the Shoe Tax” by urging them to co-sponsor the Affordable Footwear Act (H.R. 1708 / S. 1633).