Faces at the NY Trade Shows

Judging from the mood at last week’s New York trade shows, things are looking up for the footwear industry.

At FFANY — held at the Hilton New York, the Flatotel and member showrooms — vendors unveiled fresh fall product to optimistic retailers, who said they are expecting a sales boost this year.

Downtown, buyers looking for the next big thing in sneakers and streetwear hit Soho’s Puck Building for the first New York edition of the Compass show, where established brands including Fila, Creative Recreation and Dr. Martens, and up-and-comers Warrior Footwear and Su-Yoon, showed off their wares.