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On with the show!

Welcome to the latest edition of Footwear Today! A special bumper issue that includes your show guide for the upcoming Footwear Today Live show! It’s got information about all the exhibiting brands and floorplans to highlight where they’re all located.

The venue for the event on 3 and 4 September is back at the National Conference Centre (NCC) in Birmingham, but such is the growth of the show since the February edition, it now occupies nine rooms across two levels with over 130 brands in attendance!

And to think that this time last year we were only just launching Footwear Today Live and there were only around 31 brands exhibiting! This just shows the appetite within the industry for a whole new kind of buying show – one where independent and multiple footwear retailers can really get up close and personal with their favourite brands in a more intimate atmosphere. Footwear Today Live offers plenty of networking opportunities so attendees can catch up with industry friends, but also make new contacts for new future opportunities. There’s such a friendly and inviting atmosphere around the show that creates a more relaxed way to do business.

So I ask you, if you haven’t already registered to attend the show next month, then what are you waiting for? There’s more information and the all-important registration link here:

Also in this issue, we’ve got a special interview marking the 25th anniversary of El Naturalista and I chat to Partner and Design and Innovation Director, Patxi Sota, about the company’s early days, his own origins in philosophy and politics and how creativity and technology are charting a new future for the brand.

There are also features with Jana, Tamaris and Marco Tozzi where they talk about their plans for the 2024 Spring/Summer season and the collections we’ll see with exciting new materials and colours, plus new technologies for added comfort.

Jack Cheeseman – Editor – Footwear Today

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