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US footwear event Materials Show in August

Materials Show will be held in the US, August 6 to 7, in Portland, Ore. and August 14 to 15, in Willmington, Mass. Buyers, designers, and thought leaders in the footwear industry can mix, mingle and source material and components. The semi-annual Materials Show is one of the most forward-thinking trade expos in the industry. Footwear designers seek out inspiration for upcoming seasons, and buyers source the practical components, textiles and processes they need to turn those designs into reality.

The event is designed to position attendees and exhibitors at the forefront of what’s happening in the footwear industry. This is the only event in the US focused on helping professionals better understand current and emerging materials and development at an in-depth technical level.

Attendees will participate in sessions led by suppliers and professors with decades of material expertise. Materials and innovation leaders from top footwear companies will discuss current trends, challenges and best practices. Attendees can tour textile development labs, learn about new materials, and explore how to better manage cost and quality issues. Presentations will explore key socio-cultural and aesthetic influences uncovered through extensive research and summarize the mindsets, desires, societal pressures, and other factors brands should expect to see exerting a force on the market in three or five years.