Footwear specialist The Rockport Company is launching a limited edition style of its DresSports Collection - and will give the first pair to President Barack Obama.

The Limited Edition DresSport collection will be available in selected markets around the world from this Saturday (October 31), with each of the 500 pairs numbered and certified.

Adidas-owned Rockport said it would give the first pair to President Obama, and the second to Vice-President Joe Biden.

In addition, US$20 from the sale of each pair will be donated to ING's Run for Something Better programme through the Orange Laces campaign - helping to fund free school-based running fitness programmes.

"As a cornerstone of Rockport's heritage, the DresSports Collection holds special significance in our company and embodies the brand with athletic, innovative design and performance in formal dress shoes," said Michael Rupp, Rockport CEO and president.