Dear exhibitors and visitors of GDS,
dear partners and media representatives,

the first shoe fair in Düsseldorf took place in 1955. In the year 2000, more than 50,000 shoe experts visited GDS where more than 2,000 exhibitors presented their collections.

But over the last couple of years the industry has changed radically. And thus, also GDS.
We have put a lot of thoughts into what kind of fair format is needed for the future of footwear – and we have reached a decision:

It is time for a completely fresh start.

Therefore, we chose to hand over the shoe fair to IGEDO.

Hosting GDS on our premises for the last time, we would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU!

Many of you have accompanied us through several decades with creative ideas and your support. You have been our motivation and stimulation at the same time.

A special THANK YOU goes out to our clients, which means our exhibitors and visitors. It was you who made GDS come alive and many of you supported our format till the very end.

And therefore, we thank you.

Only the best wishes to you and the entire footwear industry!


GDS Team at Messe Düsseldorf