US footwear firm Skechers has signed a deal with Winner Sports Pvt to license and distribute its footwear and apparel in India.

Winner Sports is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pantaloon Retail India, part of retail giant Future Group.

Skechers said Future has the experience and infrastructure to reach a wide cross-section of the country's population.

"We're very excited to grow Skechers in India, a mega-market filled with mega potential," said Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers. "Our partnership with Winner Sports will be a key factor in reaching that potential, and we believe India will contribute to international growth and positively impact our business in the next two to three years."

Over the last three years, Skechers has launched a subsidiary in Brazil and joint venture in China.

Winner Sports will launch Skechers in India from next month, with men's and women's lines. Skechers Kids will be added to the collection in 2010.

Additionally, licensed apparel will be produced within India and is expected to debut in Spring 2010.