The sourcing fair Global Shoes begins today one day before GDS – from March 11 – 14 with 270 exhibitors showing their collections at the Messe Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre.

In terms of content, this week will represent the swan-song of GDS and Global Shoes in its current format before relaunching in the summer.

True to tradition, GDS will open with the Upper Style Show – presented this time by model Svenja Holtmann. The 26 year-old will lead the audience into the land of “Collage Deluxe”, in which the fashion thrives on the combination of various style elements, while GDS presents the matching shoe trends.

Kirstin Deutelmoser, Director GDS and Global Shoes comments: “Shoes have always been an extraordinarily emotional product,

and they have been receiving even more attention over the past several years. More than ever, they are now carefully selected in order to serve as a highlight and enhance an outfit. I believe that this is largely due to celebrity shoe wearers, through whom the topic has achieved a higher status in the media.”

For the final run of the current trade fair, Global Shoes will open today one day earlier than GDS, which has been highly welcomed, as

Kirstin Deutelmoser explains: “Our visitors from abroad especially appreciate the extended time period, which allows them more time for conversations as well as market exploration and observation. And the exhibitors are of course also happy to have an extra day for making new contacts.”

Global Shoes takes place in halls 8a and 8b. Visitors can visit exhibitors from Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Taiwan, Turkey and the USA. In addition, joining them for the first time will be Vietnamese manufacturers with a group stand.

July 2014: Relaunch for GDS – Premiere of tag it! by GDS

Beginning in July 2014, the new GDS concept takes effect, with an earlier date (July 30 – August 1) and a new orientation. GDS will then become a kick-off event, offering visitors a comprehensive overview at the beginning of the season.

Simultaneous with the premiere of the new GDS, a new, reworked trade fair concept will be launched: tag it! by GDS – the show for private labels in shoes and accessories – will be premiered from July 29 – August 1, 2014, and is the logical succession of what has been Global Shoes. The new trade fair concept addresses international manufacturers and dealers of shoes and accessories with a focus on private label footwear brands.