With more than 1600 lines and a reputation as “the buying show” where retailers make their purchase decisions for the coming season, The Atlanta Shoe Market has become the largest and most important shoe and accessory show in America and among the 10 largest shoe and accessory shows in the world. If you sell to the shoe retailer, this is the one seasonal show, the ONLY seasonal show that is a must-exhibit for you and your company.
The Atlanta Shoe Market is held twice annually at the Cobb Galleria Convention Centre and Renaissance Waverly Hotel. The meeting is timed to coincide with the debut of the coming season’s footwear styles as well as accessories and handbags, so retailers can make their buys based on a comprehensive look at what will be available.
Independent industry publication surveys rank The Atlanta Shoe Market best among all U.S. fashion industry shows for convenience, cost, and organization, planning and promotion. With everything under one roof, The Atlanta Shoe Market is the most convenient place for retailers to compare styles, meet and talk with manufacturers, and do their buying. With negotiated airfares and special rates at the host hotel and others within walking distance of the convention center, and such amenities as complimentary parking and free daily continental breakfasts, The Atlanta Shoe Market is also the industry’s most affordable show.
The Atlanta Shoe Market is sponsored by the Southeastern Shoe Travelers Association (SEST), a non-profit association of industry manufacturers and producer of the show since 1942.
“As the industry’s only non-profit, association-sponsored show, we have always been focused on doing what’s best for our industry,” explains Laura Conwell-O’Brien, SEST show manager and executive director. “Over the years we have continued to refine the show and make changes with that goal in mind.”
Those changes include new sections of the show dedicated to specific product categories to make it easier for retailers focused on those products to compare styles and meet with their suppliers: The Fashion Collection exclusive to Salon and Better Shoes; the Kids Shoe Box exclusive to children’s shoes; and most recently, The Shoe Mix for Women’s Moderate and Junior’s categories.
We at The Atlanta Shoe Market are pleased to invite you to the industry’s best seasonal market and welcome you to the industry’s fastest- growing organization.