Where Buyers and Sellers Come Together
The Atlanta Shoe Market is an industry-owned and - operated shoe trade fair, sponsored by the Southeastern Shoe Travelers Association (SESTA). It is held twice annually, in February and August, featuring spring and fall styles respectively, at the Cobb Galleria Convention Centre and Renaissance Waverly Hotel.
The trade show has grown steadily in size and stature over the years. Today, more than 1800 lines of footwear, as well as accessories and handbags, are represented, from salon to branded business, including women's, men's, athletic and children's.
Over the years the show has built a reputation for being the industry’s most productive event, a "working show" where buyers meet with sellers and place their orders for the coming season. The show is also noted for its ease and convenience - easy to get to and convenient to work with everything under one roof.
Renaissance Waverly Hotel
2450 Galleria Parkway · Atlanta, Georgia 30339
With more than 1600 lines and a reputation as "the buying show" where retailers make their purchase decisions for the coming season, The Atlanta Shoe Market has become the largest and most important shoe and accessory show in America and among the 10 largest shoe and accessory shows in the world. If you sell to the shoe retailer, this is the one seasonal show, the ONLY seasonal show that is a must-exhibit for you and your company.
The Atlanta Shoe Market is held twice annually at the Cobb Galleria Convention Centre and Renaissance Waverly Hotel. The meeting is timed to coincide with the debut of the coming season’s footwear styles as well as accessories and handbags, so retailers can make their buys based on a comprehensive look at what will be available.
Independent industry publication surveys rank The Atlanta Shoe Market best among all U.S. fashion industry shows for convenience, cost, and organization, planning and promotion. With everything under one roof, The Atlanta Shoe Market is the most convenient place for retailers to compare styles, meet and talk with manufacturers, and do their buying. With negotiated airfares and special rates at the host hotel and others within walking distance of the convention center, and such amenities as complimentary parking and free daily continental breakfasts, The Atlanta Shoe Market is also the industry’s most affordable show.
The Southeastern Shoe Travelers Association (SESTA) was founded in 1942 "to promote the best interests and welfare of its members" and "encourage a spirit of cooperation among those engaged in the distribution of shoes and kindred merchandise."
SESTA's primary activity is sponsoring a bi-annual market in Atlanta. Over the years, this trade show has grown in size to become one of the world’s ten largest shoe trade fairs. In 2000, the SESTA board of directors voted to change the name of the tradeshow to the North American Shoe & Accessory Market. In 2007, the board voted to re-brand the show with the name by which it is most often referred to within the industry, The Atlanta Shoe Market.
Today, SESTA boasts more than 1300 members. The membership is comprised of industry shoe representatives and is governed by a board of directors elected by the general membership at the annual SESTA general membership meeting in August.