there are over 3500 members in WSA and the list keeps growing. Membership
is no longer restricted to just West Coast shoe travelers, with more
than 75 percent coming from other locations. Over one third of the exhibitors
at the WSA show are foreign-based companies with nearly 3,000 retailers
attending from other countries.
is without question one of the strongest industry trade organizations
offering support for its members. For a nominal fee ($70 to join and
$20 annual renewal), members enjoy such benefits as: participation in
two international markets, insurance, financial assistance, group legal
services and listings of job opportunities. Because WSA is a not-for-profit
organization, the costs for exhibit space and related services are the
lowest in the industry. WSA also makes significant donations to a number
of designated charities.
organization's new website will offer information and services to its
members and show attendees including: registration forms, exhibit information,
hotel reservations, rental car registration, airline bookings, trend
reports and updated news reports.
over 24,000 attendees, World Shoe is the largest footwear trade market
in the U.S. Buyers attending WSA at the Sands Expo Convention Center
find men's, women's, children's and athletic footwear as well as accessories,
handbags and foot care products. The Collections, an upscale WSA-sponsored
exhibition at the Desert Inn, features over 100 well-known footwear
designer brands including Giorgio Armani, Bruno Magli, Cynthia Rowley
and Richard Tyler. Upcoming World Shoe market dates are August 8-11,
2000 and February 23-26, 2001.