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Event Update

The 2024 September edition of Shoes Düsseldorf will take place between the dates of 01.09.2024 and 03.09.2024. It will be hosted in Areal Bohler as a live trade show without implementing Covid-19 safety precautions. This is due to the removal of the country's pandemic-related limitations. 

A Brief Overview of SHOES DÜSSELDORF 

The most important German trade fair for footwear – SHOES DÜSSELDORF – takes the stage in Dusseldorf, Germany to continue a tradition of excellence and break the new trends to buyers and fashion professionals. Over the course of three days, industry insiders enjoy the full spectrum of new collections across six thematic halls. Each season, exhibitors have the chance to grow their client list and exert real influence on major trends.

The upcoming edition of SHOES DÜSSELDORF in August 2023 promises to stay as relevant as ever and attract thousands of visitors. Make hotel reservations early and firmly stay on budget with your hotel stay. GETA ltd is here to show you all the top hotel rates around Dusseldorf and deliver a bespoke travel experience no matter where your business takes you. Our team finds the best hotels close to Areal Böhler whether you’re in a large group or not. We have experience working at every price point so a small budget is not an issue. 

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Why Your Visit Is Worth It

SHOES DÜSSELDORF has a far reach when it comes to the doors it opens internationally. The trade fair maintains its top position as a B2B procurement platform in the footwear sector. In fact, it’s where many brands first unveil their newest collections in Europe. Renting a booth elevates your brand, shines light on your products and generates buzz. 

Whatever costs you make in order to exhibit, you’re expected to make back on the very first day of the trade fair. Take a look at the numbers from the previous edition:

  • 300+ international exhibitors 
  • 590+ international brands 
  • 9800 visitors

Industry Relevance 

SHOES DÜSSELDORF, formerly known as Gallery Shoes, is a well-regarded fashion trade show dedicated to footwear and accessories. Founded in 1956 and rebranded as SHOES DÜSSELDORF in 2017, this biennial event attracts trade visitors from the shoe, fashion and textile industries. It takes place at Areal Böhler in Dusseldorf and has become the beating heart of the footwear sector of Germany. As a procurement platform, the trade show services the mid to high price segment of the market.

One of the key strengths of SHOES DÜSSELDORF is its focus on providing a comprehensive buying experience. In addition to footwear, buyers have the opportunity to explore and order complementary products such as accessories and trendy it-pieces for their businesses. The trade show aims to inspire and enhance the shoe trade industry by presenting outfit ideas and ways to emotionalize their businesses through fashion and accessories. The motto “Move on” reflects the show's commitment to evolving and offering a curated range, providing a perfect environment for ordering, communication and networking.

The exhibition space at SHOES DÜSSELDORF is carefully designed to promote discovery and individuality. The show features many small, openly designed stands that invite visitors to explore new labels and discover inspiring trends. This focus on innovation extends to the “Kids Corner,” offering an array of exciting children's footwear options. SHOES DÜSSELDORF presents shoe trend collections in the following thematic halls - Premium, Contemporary, Urban, Comfort, Kids’ and Accessories. This segmentation ensures that buyers can easily navigate and find brands that align with their specific needs and preferences.

The objective of SHOES DÜSSELDORF is to provide a focused platform that presents a tailor-made brand offering at a specific time, emphasising transparency and short distances. You won’t find a better launch pad to get noticed in Europe and for good reasons. With close to 70 years under its belt, SHOES DÜSSELDORF has cultivated a loyal following, which never misses an edition. Where the pandemic killed off many commercial events, SHOES DÜSSELDORF not only survived but has thrived. 

Who Are You Going to Meet? 

You’re in good company when it comes to exhibiting companies and buyers as you’ll meet face to face with representatives from Sioux Holding, Cinque Shoes & Herrlicher, Cinzia Valle, Cole Haan, Rexor Shoe Purchasing Association, Neumann Shoes and Schuh & Mode Leukers.

SHOES DÜSSELDORF attracts industry professionals from Germany and it surrounding regions (Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, and Southern Europe) regularly. Buyers from nearby regions and beyond converge in Düsseldorf to place their orders for the upcoming season. Recent years has seen the trade fair expand its reach to attract buyers from Italy, Canada, Palestine, Portugal, Scandinavia, Turkey and Ukraine, proving the fair’s relevance and potential to become a global force. With a mix of 75% international and 25% German brands, the exhibition offers a curated range of fashionable, high-quality shoes for women, men and children.

Each edition of SHOES DÜSSELDORF presents attendees with a varied list of companies that are involved through a Showroom. Showrooms are open to agents only and are available throughout the entire duration of the event. However, be sure to check which offer open hours and which are by appointment only. The March edition had the following Showrooms: 

  • Select Studio - Core Trade
  • Liz Fedder - Shoe&Style
  • W. Duenkelberg International - Fashion Shoe Business
  • Agentur Rilling
  • Krum & Butz GBR - Agents of Shoes & Accessories
  • Evelyn Muth
  • Panorama Europe

Additional Value of Attending 

SHOES DÜSSELDORF beefs up its product presentation with a solid stack of media events that dive deep into emerging design trends, innovations and business opportunities. The German Association for the Shoe and Leather Goods Industry HDS|L is always a fountain of information on the current situation of the shoe business with all the relevant facts and figures neatly laid out for all to see. In addition to the latest industry data, representatives of the BTE (German Textile, Footwear and Leather Goods Trade Association) report on the present situation of the shoe trade, creating a comprehensive exploration of the market. 

In addition, there will be product and style presents with a lot of trend forecasting. If you’re more interested in practical skills, then there’s an opportunity to see sneaker repairs done in real time. 

Past editions


03.03.2024 - 05.03.2024





Exhibitor countries

+/- 600

Exhibitor brands


Exhibiting brands


of exhibitors were from abroad




On Foot

On Foot

from Dusseldorf Hbf is 1h 30 min walk or 30 min with a bicycle 

1h 5 min with a walk or 25 min with a bike


By Car

from Dusseldorf Hauptbahnhof the ride will take you 30 min (~9 km)

from the airport there are only 15 to 20 min (~9km)


By Public Transport

From the Dusseldorf Central Station U-Bahn Nr U78 will get you there for 26 min

From Dusseldorf International Airport to Messeplatz you need to change transport with either of this 3 options:

 - From Airpot Terminals A/B/C: 6 stops with Bus 760 to Freiligrathplatz and then U78 to MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA/Messe Nord and within 7 min walking distance you will reach the Messe*
 - SB51 from Flughafen Terminal A/B/C to Theodor-Heuss-Brücke and then with U78 to MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA/Messe Nord and within walking distance you will reach the Messe*
 - from Terminals A/B/C take bus 721 for 6 stops to 'Am Hain', transfer to bus 722 for another 4 stops to Messe Congress Center and within walking distance you will reach the Messe*

* every choice will take you from 30 to 40 min