Payless ShoeSource has signed a multi-year agreement to exclusively sell the Dexter footwear line in the US and the rest of the western hemisphere.

HH Brown, owner of the Dexter brand, will continue to design and develop Dexter performance bowling and golf shoes, as well as the hand-sewn Dexter 1957 Collection.

Payless said it will launch the new Dexter line first with a men's collection in select Payless stores for the 2007 holiday season, followed by full men's and women's collections launched in all stores in spring 2008.

Matt Rubel, chief executive officer and president of Payless ShoeSource said: "We're on a mission to democratise fashion and design in the footwear and accessory categories to bring shoppers great brands and the latest styles at a great price.

"Dexter, with its long-standing image of quality, innovation and style, will give Payless a brand platform that speaks to a new generation with the energy, spirit and optimism of American life, style and design."

Payless, which already retails the Airwalk, American Eagle, Tailwind, Champion, Spalding and Dunkman brands, said it would utilise its footwear design team in New York City to design and develop the new Dexter collections

The company said it expects the new Dexter collections to include casual, dress, boots, and fashion athletic footwear styles, as well as accessories.

"We are excited to team up with Payless to expand the reach and appeal of the Dexter lifestyle brand through Payless' significant store chain," said Jim Issler, president and CEO of HH Brown.

"We see a strong fit between Dexter and Payless - each has tremendous brand awareness and a strong reputation. We are proud that Dexter is a key brand in the fashion democracy led by Payless, and that Payless will become a keystone in Dexter's global branding initiative."