Expo Riva Schuh will once again dedicate the opening talk to an informed debate and discussion on the future of the worldwide footwear scene, scheduled for 11am on Saturday 13th January in the conference room of the Riva del Garda Exhibition Centre. Expo Riva Schuh works as an early incubator for trends thanks to its early positioning in the international fair calendar.

During this event, a debate will be held emerging figures from the World Footwear Yearbook (a publication produced by the Portuguese National Association for Producers of Footwear, Components and Leather Items) as part of the World Footwear Project. In this, they reveal the first half of 2017's trends from the global footwear industry.

China, America, France, Germany, and India are the countries of focus regarding the evolution of the footwear market. India, whose production is confirmed as mainly destined for the domestic market, while China, more specifically, has significantly reduced its percentage of footwear exports on a worldwide scale yet, at the same time, the
average cost of a pair of exported shoes has more than doubled over the past ten years. This figure is particularly interesting when interpreting the evolution of this great player in the world’s footwear market.

The North American market slowed considerably in 2016. Russia is now regaining its role as a key importing country after a period fraught with difficulties at internal level. France, Germany and other European countries are the heart of a special in depth study into the latest market trends.

João Maia, managing director of APICCAPS, will be presenting these figures along with the seventh World Footwear Yearbook along with Giovanni Laezza, managing director of Riva del Garda Fierecongressi.