Shows & Events


February 7th-9th, 2017 | Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre

Global Destination for Shoes & Accessories

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Frequency: Biannually
Registration deadline: 31/03/2016
Exhibitors at last show: 800 (Feb 2016)
Visitors at last show: 15,200 (Feb 2016)
UK Contact: Laura Hepworth

The leading footwear and accessories trade fair for German, European and International markets.


For every look the right world: Enjoy THREE WORLDS OF SHOES AND ACCESSORIES – with the new segmentation, you can discover collections and trends as easily as taking a stroll through the great shopping capitals of the world.


HIGHSTREET is the main shopping street with fashion-forward collections and big brands with their flagship stores.

The products range from modern and sporty to classic and health related. PERFORMANCE, ACCESSORIES and KIDS each have their own special zone within this world.

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POP UP presents brands and collections with a distinctive image, which start trends in urban hotspots and whose products are always being presented in an innovative way.

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STUDIO stands for premium brands that are part of the luxury locations of this centre. It is here that trends are set. Here, style can be anything from simplistic to glamorous. It is craftsmanship, real design and perfection.

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Funding is sometimes available for this event from the British Footwear Association for eligible companies.

If you would like to know more about this or GDS in general please browse the links here or contact us for further information.


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At a glance

All information about the GDS - Facts & figures and important addresses and contacts.



Date & Opening hours

Date  07 - 09 February 2017 Opening hours   Tue. to Thurs. 9.00 am to 6.00 pm  Cycle  Twice a year

Admission fees

Day ticket  Online pre-selling: free  On site: 25 €  3-day ticket  Online pre-selling: free  On site: 50 €  Good to know:  Only credentialed trade visitors are admitted at GDS.  Visitors holding an eticket can travel free of charge on public transport within the network on the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (VRR).

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For ordering catalogs - if available- of  GDS please contact:  A. Sutter Fair Business GmbH  Postfach 10 32 44  45032 Essen  Phone.: +49 (0) 201 / 83 16 - 228  Fax: +49 (0) 201 / 83 16 - 229

Show venue & Arrival

Düsseldorf Fairgrounds  Entrances North & South  Hall 1 tag it! Hall  2 GDS            Fashion Shows           FashionBloggerCafé           Social Media Consulting Halls 3-5 GDS

How to get to the fairground  Map arrival & parking

Site plan & Interactive hall plan

The general site plan gives you the possibility of a first overview of the current hall distribution.

Site plan

Profile data GDS

Profile Data July 2016


Organizer  Messe Düsseldorf GmbH  Stockumer Kirchstrasse 61  40474 Düsseldorf  Address:  P.O. Box 10 10 06  D-40001 Düsseldorf  Phone: +49 (0)211 45 60 01  Infoline: +49 (0)211 45 60-900  Fax: +49 (0)211 45 60-668  Bundesverband der Schuh- und Lederwarenindustrie e.V.  P.O. Box 10 07 61, 63007 Offenbach  Berliner Straße 46, 63065 Offenbach  Deutschland  Tel.: 0 049 (0)69 82 97 41-0  Fax: 0 049 (0)69 81 28 10    Bundesverband des Deutschen Schuheinzelhandels  An Lyskirchen 14  50676 Köln  Deutschland  Tel.: 0 049 (0) 221 92 15 09 -0  Fax: 0 049 (0) 221 92 15 09 -10

Main product groups

GDS is the "global destination" for shoes and accessories. It provides the platform for manufacturers to stage their brands and products and is becoming the place for the industry to gain a crucial overview. GDS features trend setters and takes place at the start of the season - for order needs focus.  The main product groups are:

    • Shoes
    • Accessories
    • Attachments, care products, insoles, shoe trees, shoelaces
    • Support (store construction, merchandise management systems, labels, window display)
    • Media (trade press)

Target groups

GDS is a magnet for the target groups:

    • Specialised shops for shoes and leather goods
    • Fashion boutiques
    • Clothing chains
    • Sports outfitters
    • Convenience stores/ hypermarkets/ discounter
    • Department stores
    • Designer/ modeler
    • Mail order, online shops
    • Purchasing associations
    • Wholesale trade
    • Whole sale/ foreign sale
    • Footwear and leather industry
    • Vertical system trade
    • Press/ media/ publisher