Footwear Trade Show Calendar 2015

As the spring ’16 buying season gets under way, trade show organizers continue to fine-tune their formats and explore new ways to enhance the event experience.

Some are creating programs designed to connect U.S. brands with international markets, while others are stepping up their social media strategies.

Here, Footwear News presents a guide to the shows, both domestic and international, that are slated for the second half of the year.

The Metropolitan NY Footwear, Apparel & Accessories Marketplace
When: June 15-16; Sept. 9-10
Where: New jersey Exposition & Convention Center, Edison, N.J.

Pitti Uomo
When: June 16-19
Where: Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy.

When: June 16-19; Sept. 8-11
Where: Crocus Expo, Moscow.

Pitti Bimbo
When: June 25-27
Where: Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy.

When: June 26-28 (Men’s)
Where: Cité de la Mode, Paris.

When: July 20-21 (Men’s)
Where: Basketball City, New York.

When: Aug. 17-19
Where: The Venetian, Las Vegas.

When: Sept. 17-19 (Women’s)
Where: Pier 94, New York.

When: Oct. 2-4 (Women’s)
Where: Tapis Rouge, Paris.

When: June 27-29 (Men’s)
Where: Palais de la Bourse, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris.

When: Sept. 18-20
Where: The Tunnel, New York.

When: Oct. 2-5 (Women’s)
Where: Palais de la Bourse, Carrousel du Louvre & Montaigne, Paris.

Shoe Market of the Americas
When: June 28-30; Aug. 30-Sept. 1
Where: Miami Airport Convention Center & DoubleTree Airport Hotel, Miami

The Running & Fitness Event for Women
When: June 29-July 1
Where: Navy Pier & W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel, Chicago

India International Leather Fair
When: July 3-5
Where: Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India

To strengthen its footwear category, Agenda has forged a new alliance with Nice Kicks, a sneaker-culture site. As the show’s official media partner, Nice Kicks will produce exclusive content for Agenda’s web and social media channels. It also will broadcast “Nice Kicks Live” on Dash Radio, live from the Agenda show floor.

When: July 8-9
Where: Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, Calif.

When: July 20-21
Where: Javits Convention Center, New York

When: Aug. 17-19
Where: Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas

The Materials Show
When: July 8-9
Where: Los Angeles Airport Marriott, Los Angeles

When: Sept. 9-10
Where: DoubleTree Hotel, Danvers, Mass.

When: Sept. 16-17
Where: Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Ore.

Project New York
When: July 19-21
Where: Javits Convention Center, New York

Project Sole New York
Focused on men’s footwear, Project Sole New York will feature new exhibitors at its July edition, among them Superga, Blundstone, Clarks, Oliver Sweeney and Base London. The show will run concurrent with the CFDA’s inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men’s event, taking place July 13-16.
When: July 19-21
Where: Javits Convention Center, New York

Première Vision
When: July 21-22
Where: Pier 92, New York

When: Sept. 15-17
Where: Paris Nord Villepinte, Paris

The German fair will feature more than 900 international brands, including newcomers I Maschi Gold, Van Lier, Lurchi and Balducci. After a successful debut in February, GDS’ Design Trendsetters program will return, showcasing collections from 20 up-and-coming international
designers. On the show’s last day, GDS will stage its Out of the Box festival in Düsseldorf’s city center to help connect the industry with consumers.
When: July 29-31
Where: Düsseldorf Fairgrounds, Düsseldorf, Germany

Children’s Club
When: Aug. 2-4; Oct. 18-20
Where: Javits Convention Center, New York

KSA Los Angeles Kids’ Show
When: Aug. 3-4
Where: California Market Center, Los Angeles

When: Aug. 3-5; Oct. 12-14
Where: California Market Center, Los Angeles

Following a successful debut in June, FFANY’s Discovery Lounge will return, offering another round of seminars from The NPD Group.
When: Aug. 4-6; Dec. 2-4
Where: New York Hilton Midtown Hotel & member showrooms, New York

Pure London
When: Aug. 2-4
Where: Olympia London, London

Outdoor Retailer
OR’s Summer Market will feature 350 footwear lines. The show will introduce an International Buying Program, designed to connect U.S. brands looking to export overseas with reps from target countries.The Open Air Demo takes place on Aug. 4 at Cemetery Point in Huntsville, Utah.
When: Aug. 5-8
Where: Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City

Kentucky Shoe Buying Mart
When: Aug. 9-10
Where: DoubleTree Suites, Lexington, Ky.

Children’s Great Event Shoe Show
When: Aug. 11-12
Where: Marriott-Teaneck Glenpointe,Teaneck, N.J.

Magic Las Vegas
UBM Advanstar’s Magic market-place encompasses FN Platform, WWDMagic, Project, Playground, The Collective, WSA @ Magic and Sourcing at Magic.
When: Aug. 17-19
Where: Las Vegas & Mandalay Bay Convention Centers, Las Vegas

FN Platform
FN Platform will feature educational seminars, including a finance-focused panel discussion, led by Sterne Agee, and a presentation of the latest tech trends in footwear, led by Precision Design Studios. Swing revival band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will perform at the show’s opening-night party.
When: Aug. 17-19
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas.

WSA @ Magic
WSA @ Magic will continue to focus on the fast-fashion footwear market, with product showcased from more than 100 countries. The show is relocating to LVCC’s South Hall to be closer to FN Platform. Los Angeles’ Glam Squad will be on hand each day, offering complimentary hair and makeup touchups to showgoers.
When: Aug. 17-19
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center,Las Vegas.

When: Aug. 17-19
Where: Planet Hollywood Resort Casino, Las Vegas

The Atlanta Shoe Market
Organizers will unveil an updated logo that will reflect the event’s growing national stature. The show’s seasonal Colour & Trend breakfast seminar will take place on Aug. 23.
When: Aug. 22-24
Where: Cobb Galleria Centre & Renaissance Waverly Hotel, Atlanta

Toronto Shoe Show
When: Aug. 23-25
Where: Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto

Chicago Shoe Market
When: Aug. 26-27
Where: Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, Schaumburg, Ill.

When: Aug. 25-28
Where: Poliforum León Convention & Exhibition Center, León, Mexico.

Michigan Shoe Market
When: Aug. 30-31
Where: Embassy Suites Hotel, Livonia, Mich.

TRU Show
When: Aug. 30-31.
Where: Embassy Suites San Francisco Waterfront, Burlingame, Calif.

Boston Shoe Travelers Association
When: Aug. 30-Sept.
Where: Radisson Hotel, Manchester, N.H.

All China Leather Exhibition
When: Aug. 31-Sept. 2
Where: Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai.

The Micam
To offer a more seamless experience and reinforce the synergies between Micam and its sister fair, Mipel, the leather-goods event will relocate to Pavilion 10. WGSN will again hold trend presentations and other topical seminars in the Micam Square.
When: Sept. 1-4
Where: Fiera Milano, Milano-Rho, Italy.

When: Sept. 1-4
Where: Fiera Milano, Milano-Rho, Italy.

Who’s Next
When: Sept. 4-7
Where: Porte de Versailles, Paris.

Première Classe
When: Sept. 4-7
Where: Porte de Versailles, Paris.

When: Oct. 2-5
Where: Jardin des Tuileries, Paris.

Northwest Shoe Travelers
When: Sept. 8-10
Where: Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, Minn.

When: Sept. 9-11
Where: Fiera Milano, Milano-Rho, Italy.

MOMAD Metropolis
When: Sept. 11-13
Where: Feria de Madrid, Madrid.

When: Sept. 19-21
Where: Javits Convention Center, New York.

Sole Commerce
When: Sept. 19-21
Where: Javits Convention Center, New York.

National Bridal Market Chicago
When: Sept. 27-30
Where: The Merchandise Mart, Chicago.

Fashion Access
When: Oct. 7-9
Where: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong.

New York International Bridal Week
When: Oct. 10-12
Where: Pier 94, New York.

The Running Event
When: Dec. 1-4
Where: Hilton Austin & Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas.

Atlanta Fashion Shoe Market
When: Dec. 9-10
Where: Embassy Suites Hotel, Atlanta.

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