Skechers USA has signed recent American Idol winner David Cook to a global endorsement agreement.

It is the footwear company's first male celebrity since 2002, when actor Robert Downey Jr was the face of its global brand.

With exclusive worldwide rights to advertise footwear using Cook's image until December 2009, Skechers will feature the 25-year-old singer in a campaign launching in Fall '08 and including print, outdoor and in-store.

"I have always viewed Skechers as a cool company, so I am excited to be a part of their campaign," said Cook.

"We are thrilled that David will be representing Skechers in our marketing campaigns around the world," stated Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers. "As a dynamic performer with a friendly, approachable personality, he's a perfect fit for the Skechers brand and an exciting next step for our tradition of successful partnerships with emerging music stars."

Greenberg continued: "The crossing-over of fashion and music is beneficial to both industries, and benefits the stars and the brands associated with them. For this reason, we have invested in such phenomenal stars as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, Ashlee Simpson, and now, David Cook."

The global endorsement agreement was signed with 19 Merchandising Limited on behalf of Cook, a statement said.