The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has welcomed the re-introduction of the Affordable Footwear Act, a piece of legislation that will eliminate certain taxes on most low-cost and children's shoes.

The AAFA said the Act will ease the tax burden on US consumers who unknowingly pay more than 25% beyond the cost of a pair of shoes at retail to cover the import duty on shoes made outside US.

Furthermore, consumers buying low-cost shoes for themselves and their children pay import duties as high as 67%.

If it is passed, the Affordable Footwear Act would eliminate about US$800m in duties on children's and low-cost shoes out of the $2bn in total duties collected on imported shoes in 2012. 

The US government first made moves to remove the tax in 2007, it was then reintroduced in 2011, and again this year. 

"The Affordable Footwear Act represents a win-win-win situation for the US footwear industry, its one million US workers, and hardworking American families," said AAFA president and CEO Kevin Burke.

"Through the common sense elimination of this out-dated shoe tax, we can help consumers buy the shoes they need for themselves and their children while jump starting footwear sales and creating good-paying jobs here in the United States.

"I look forward to continuing our work with both houses of Congress to ensure the Affordable Footwear Act is passed as quickly as possible."