COVID19 has disrupted the fashion calendar, and the industry is now working to re-create or reinvent footwear trade shows. Here is a comprehensive list of all the global footwear trade shows scheduled for the remainder of 2020.


The Materials Show

July 15-Aug. 15 — Online only
After canceling its regular regional events, the new Digital Materials Show will offer exhibitors “virtual booths,” enabling suppliers to present a digital twin of their materials to brands. Additionally, the event will include interactive webinars and live networking sessions.


July 20 — Online only

Show organizer Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs is turning its Miami-based Cabana show into a virtual marketplace, using the Joor Passport technology.

Outdoor Retailer

July 21-23 — Online only
OR canceled its physical market, originally slated for late June, but will now host a digital education series in July for the outdoor community. Outdoor Retailer Online will consist of three days of live video conversations highlighting current industry topics and delivering inspiration and actionable insight.

Bluegrass Buyer’s Market

July 26-27 — Embassy Suites, Lexington, Ky.


LA Market Week/LA Kids Market

Aug. 2-5 — California Market Center showrooms, Los Angeles

Label Array

Aug. 3-5 — Building C, California Market Center, Los Angeles

Liberty Fairs

Aug. 3-5 — Online only
Sept. 21-23 — Pier 36, New York
For August, Liberty Fairs will host a virtual marketplace using the Joor Passport technology, allowing brands and retailers to transact business directly online. Its September trade show is scheduled to take place in New York, with all the required safety precautions.


Aug. 3-7 — Member showrooms, New York City
Due to travel restrictions, FFANY will not be hosting offsite brand showcases during market week, or partnering on presentations at local venues. However, many member showrooms will be open and presenting their spring ’21 product lines. And FFANY is collaborating with Footwear News on virtual programming in lieu of the traditional footwear trade show.

Northwest Shoe Travelers Market

Aug. 7-9 — Saint Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, Minn.

Chicago Shoe Market

Aug. 12-13 — Embassy Suites, Lombard, Ill.

AFA Expo (formerly Toronto Shoe Show)

Aug. 15-17 — Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto

Atlanta Shoe Market

Aug. 22-24 — Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta
The Atlanta Shoe Market is proceeding forward with its August edition, and the footwear trade show is following all guidelines set forth by the CDC, as well as the executive orders issued by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp as its minimum standards.

Dallas Apparel & Accessories Market

Aug. 25-28; Oct. 20-23 — Dallas World Trade Center, Dallas
The Dallas show hosted an in-person event in June, with over 400 showrooms participating. According to organizers of the apparel and footwear trade show, buyer attendance was 85% of its previous levels, prompting an upbeat outlook for its August edition.

Michigan Shoe Market

Aug. 26-28 — Embassy Suites Hotel, Livonia, Mich.

Gallery Shoes

Aug. 30-Sept. 1 — Areal Bohler, Dusseldorf, Germany


Shoe Market of the Americas (SMOTA)

TBD September/October — Miami

Who’s Next

Sept. 4-7 — Porte de Versailles, Paris

Mos Shoes

Sept. 8-11 — Crocus Expo, Moscow

Footwear Innovation Summit

Sept. 10-22 — HJ International Hotel, Dongguan, China
Dec. 3-4 — Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Northwest Market Association

Sept. 12-15 — Embassy Suites, Tigard, Ore.

Boston Shoe Travelers Northeast Expo

Sept. 13-14 — DoubleTree by Hilton, Manchester, N.H.

Premiere Vision

Sept. 15-17 — Paris Nord Villepinte, Paris


Sept. 17-18 — Shibuya Hikarie, Tokyo
Sept. 22-24 — Jacob Javits Center, New York
Sept. 30-Oct. 2 — Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas


Sept. 18-20 — Hall 6, IFEMA – Feria de Madrid

Micam Milano

Sept. 20-23 — Fieramilano, Rho, Italy
Plans are under way for the footwear trade show to be held in-person. Micam — in partnership with venue Fiera Milano — said it is working on stepped-up sanitation initiatives. The trade show also has partnered with NuOrder on a virtual marketplace to help companies expand their reach beyond the physical show.


Sept. 20-23 — Pavilion 10, Fieramilano, Rho, Italy


Sept. 21-23 — Pier 36, New York


Sept. 22-23 — Fieramilano, Rho, Italy
In a special event called “A New Point of View,” exhibitors will present carryover and new leathers collections for summer ’21 and winter ’22. All prescribed safety measures will be adopted at the show, including creating a regulated path for movement, to prevent gatherings.

Coterie/Sole Commerce/Children’s Club

Sept. 22-24 — Jacob Javits Center, New York

In late September, Coterie plans to host in-person events in New York, including Fame, Moda, Children’s Club and Sole Commerce, the footwear trade show. In addition to the live gatherings, a digital trade event will run Sept. 1-Oct. 1, allowing brands and retailers the opportunity for an expanded marketplace and continued commerce.


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