5-7 August 2018, NEC Birmingham

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Footwear buyers praise Moda line-up


Retailers from all over the UK have praised the portfolio of brands on offer at this season’s edition of Moda Footwear. As the UK’s national destination for footwear, the exhibition showcased global leaders alongside fresh new talent, making for an inspiring line-up for s/s 18. 

“The line-up was good; some great new selections and the good, established regulars,” says Bernard O’Brien, owner of Luke O’Brien Shoes in Tuan, Co. Galway. “It was good to catch up with Hotter there, and overall we had a good two days at the show.”

Fellow boutique owners Andrew and Sharon Slater also took advantage of the extensive selection of collections showcased at Moda Footwear. 

“Moda was an excellent show; just what we require, compact, and well-situated,” says Andrew Slater, who owns Andrew Graham Shoes in Manchester. “Most of our regular brands – Rieker, Josef Seibel, Romika, Waldlaufer, Wolky and so on – were near to the new brands that we wanted to check out, so we were able to move from stand to stand easily, and get a good overview of the season ahead.”

For children’s collections too, the comprehensive line-up across both Mini Moda and the wider show made for a convenient buying experience. 

“I had a lovely time at the show, and managed to do my ordering for next season,” says Tina Bulmer, owner of Over the Moon Kids’ Boutique in Southport, Merseyside. “I enjoyed viewing the new collections, and looking for exciting lines that I hadn’t seen before.”

The only problem encountered by buyers was running out of time – something which has inspired some visitors to extend their visit next season. 

“It was a very good show this season, but I may head over a night earlier next time,” admits Declan Hughes, buyer at Gormley Shoes in Strabane, Londonderry, Co. Derry. “I picked up two new brands and was able to review and order with some of my existing brands, so it proved to be a very positive show for me.”

Moda Footwear will return to the NEC on 18-20 February next year. 



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