Now, more than ever before, during what is an extremely delicate time for the leather industry on a global level, the SHOES & LEATHER – GUANGZHOU exhibition, organised by TOP REPUTE CO. LTD., has once again confirmed itself as one of the leading platforms for the shoe and leather market, characterised by innovation and the search for new business opportunities. The event in fact once again proved itself capable of attracting the most important Asian and international businesses specialised in shoemaking machinery, tanning and leather machinery, footwear materials, chemical products, accessories and components, leather goods machinery, synthetic materials and knitwear machinery, sewing machinery, 3D printing, and automation technologies. The exhibition dates were adjusted to meet the needs of exhibitors and visitors, with the Material Hall, representing the space dedicated to materials for footwear and leather products, welcoming visitors from 31 May to 2 June, while the Machinery Hall remained open until 3 June. Despite the difficulties created by the pandemic, the event, in any case, knew how to attract the most important companies and international buyers. At the same time, to better meet the needs of foreign operators unable to participate in-person at the event, the organisers decided to launch a brand new virtual platform – SHOW ON RUN (showonrun.shoeleather-guangzhou.com), aimed at favouring contact between exhibitors and buyers throughout the arc of the year. SHOW ON RUN accordingly hosted almost 350 exhibitors, who presented over 1000 new products, including shoe machinery/tanning machinery/footwear materials/leather goods/chemicals/accessories and components. 

Other important initiatives enriching the SHOES & LEATHER proposal included Design Walk, the non-profit and non-commercial platform sponsored by numerous renowned shoe manufacturers, federations, and footwear academies and associations, created with the aim of giving greater visibility to fashion footwear, leather products and accessories. Extremely popular among operators was also the Designer Corner, the platform dedicated to the most promising fashion design students and their creations in terms of bags, footwear, and accessories, which at this edition was enriched by a seminar on artisanal embroidery. Last, but not least, and not to be forgotten, was Footwear Discovery, which invited various footwear associations present at the fair to exchange market and trend information with visitors. Instead, the online Seminar was dedicated to the extremely relevant theme of “Marketing strategies and sustainable development for the footwear manufacturing industry during the COVID-19 period”.

The next rendezvous with SHOES & LEATHER is in 2022, with the 31st edition scheduled from 30 May to 2 June.