Trade Show Details

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February 10 - 12, 2016

Düsseldorf, Germany


The show dates were moved forward significantly so attendees can get an early preview of all the relevant trends and collections right at the start of the new season. Visitors enjoy a special and expanded range of accessories and a surprising, new trade fair concept. In addition, a supporting and new trade fair: “tag it!” by GDS focuses on the private label segment in the shoes and accessories area.

THREE WORLDS OF SHOES AND ACCESSORIES – with the new segmentation, buyers can discover collections and trends as easily as taking a stroll through the great shopping capitals of the world. GDS wants to inspire – and thus is the perfect season opener for exchange, getting the right information and placing your first orders.

Facts & Figures

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Dates & Times Location / Address

February 10 - 12, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Wed. - Thurs.
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday

GDS is held twice a year. 
Future staging: July 26 - 28, 2016

Düsseldorf Fairgrounds / Messegelände
Halls 1 - 17
40474 Düsseldorf
Show Organizer Show Sponsors

Messe Düsseldorf GmbH
Messeplatz / Stockumer Kirchstrasse 61
40474 Düsseldorf
Hauptverband der Deutschen
Schuhindustrie e.V.
Offenbach/Main, Germany

Bundesverband des Deutschen Schuheinzelhandels e.V.
Cologne, Germany
Main Product Categories: 
GDS is an international footwear fair that provides footwear dealers with an overview of suppliers' collections in the form of samples. A shoe collection consists of a homogenous program that shows the consistency as regarding the type of shoe, quality, price, fashion orientation and target group. Besides footwear, accessories may also be displayed provided that they complement the retail footwear display.

Results from February GDS 2015:

900 brands represented (and 233 exhibitors at the concurrently held tag it!) and roughly 15,000 visitors.

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GDS Project Team:

U.S. Exhibit Space Sales, U.S. Exhibitor Services

Matthew Spiekhout
Project Manager/Financial Manager

U.S. Trade Press and Advertising

Anne Meerboth-Maltz
Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Public Releations


Messe Düsseldorf North America
150 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920
Chicago, IL 60601

Tel. (312) 781-5180
Fax (312) 781-5188

Visitor Registration

Tickets and Catalogues can be purchased through the GDS online Ticket Shop.

Please click here to access our GDS Ticket Shop.

Messe Dusseldorf North America Located at 150 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL. Phone: 312-781-5180. .