Membership applications for all membership categories can be found here:
Wholesalers and suppliers must download applications and submit them for board approval. Repairers can join online. Repairer applications are not typically reviewed by the board.
Membership Dues Billing
SSIA's membership year coincides with the calendar year, January 1 through December 31. Dues invoices are sent the first week of November. Periodic reminders are sent in December and January. Final notices are sent the first week of February. In accordance with SSIA bylaws, final notices inform members that their membership will terminate February 28 if dues are not paid.
Note: Repairer members applying at the annual convention or after are typically given credit for membership through the end of the following calendar year.
Can Delinquent Members be Reinstated?
Members have until the end of the calendar year to pay their dues and be automatically reinstated. After one year:
- Repairers can pay dues and rejoin at any time.
- Wholesalers must reapply and the application must be approved by the board of directors
- Suppliers must reapply, pay the initiation fee and the application must be approved by the board of directors
Note: The board can make exceptions to these policies and, for suppliers, has often allowed former supplier members to be reinstated with payment of back dues rather than the initiation fee.
Following are the membership criteria as defined by SSIA's bylaws.
Any firm, company or corporation who is a wholesale-distributor of multi-brands of manufactured shoe repair or boot repair products, or similar products, shall be eligible for membership as a wholesaler member. The Board of Directors shall have the authority to determine the eligibility of any applicant for membership and may consider all relevant facts including, but not limited to, the following:
- The number of manufacturers whose products are resold by the applicant to independent retailers.
- The length of time the applicant has been in business as a wholesale-distributor.
- The number of independent retailers who recognize the applicant as a wholesale-distributor of shoe or boot repair products. For the purposes of this Section, "independent retailers" shall not include any retail outlet in which the applicant or any officer, director, employee or partner of the applicant, has any financial interest including, but not limited to any direct or indirect owner-ship of stock, leases, loans or the like.
- The size and nature of the applicant's warehouse facility and its location with respect to any retail outlet.
- The type of catalog or merchandise listing which the applicant uses in the sale of the products it distributes.
- The nature of its sales staff and other services which it provides to its customers.
- The method which it uses to deliver products to its customers.
- Any other factors that the Board of Directors feels are relevant.
Multiple Store Groups
Any person, firm or corporation eligible to membership under the provisions of these bylaws, and any person, firm or corporation under these bylaws who operates two or more stores under one or more operating or trade names, shall be eligible for one membership. Each store in any such multiple store group shall receive the services rendered by the Association to its members, provided, however, that the entire group of stores (regardless of the number of individual stores comprising the same) shall be treated as a unit and such unit shall be entitled to the privileges of one membership and shall be entitled to but one vote on put to a vote of the members.
Supplier membership is available to any firm, company or corporation which is a recognized seller of leather, rubber shoe products, shoe findings, shoe store supplies or similar products to wholesaler-distributors in the shoe repair industry. Supplier membership is also available to any firm, company or corporation selling shoe repairing machinery.
Any shoe repairer or retailer shall be eligible for repairer membership in the Association.
Multiple Store Groups
Any person, firm or corporation to membership under the provisions of these bylaws, and any person, firm or under these bylaws who operates two or more stores under one or more operating or trade names, shall be eligible for one membership. Each store in any such multiple store group shall receive the services rendered by the Association to its provided, however, that the entire group of stores collectively (regardless of the number of individual stores comprising the same) shall be treated as a unit and such unit shall be entitled to the privileges of one membership and shall be entitled to but one vote on any question put to a vote of the members.
Any person, firm, company or corporation which sells non-shoe repair products or services such as computer hardware, software or insurance, to the shoe repair industry, shall be eligible for Associate Membership. The Board of Directors shall have the sole discretion to accept or reject any application for Associate Membership. Associate Members shall be allowed to exhibit at national and regional expositions.