Shoe company Stride Rite Corp and Tommy Hilfiger Licensing Inc on Thursday extended their footwear licensing agreement for the United States through March 2007.

Hilfiger said in a short statement the deal covers a comprehensive footwear program which includes lines for women, men and children. Financial details were not released.

"Our partnership with Stride Rite has brought us great success in the footwear market," said Lynn Shanahan, president of licensing at Tommy Hilfiger. "We are truly excited that we will be able to continue our relationship with them for the foreseeable future."

"Tommy Hilfiger footwear is an important part of our business. We have developed a close relationship with the Hilfiger organisation to bring a broad range of fashionable footwear to the market that reflects the essence of the Tommy Hilfiger brand," added Stride Rite chairman and CEO David Chamberlain.