Trade Show Wrap: Best of GDS

23,150 visitors were in attendance during GDS Shoe Fair in Dussedörf, Germany from March 14-16.  With buyers from over 80 countries, the fair showed an exponential increase in volume placed for fall compared to the previous S/S 12 season.

With focus in the Junior’s and Comfort markets, top trends for the show were Chelsea boots and Cognac-hued items – always strong for the fall season.  See below for our top pick of the collections from GDS.

Studio Pollini
A fun and wearable take on menswear and tailored inspirations, Studio Pollini‘s F/W 12 selection proposed heavy constructions that were not aggressive, with high-heeled platform oxfords and crepe sole Chelsea boots.  A reinterpreted color block brogue stood out with bright carmine hues for the upcoming season.

Gianni Barbato

Refined and artisanal leather were at the core of Gianni Barbato‘s  fall collection, along with chunky heels and layered rubber and wood outsoles.  Luxe metallic suede uppers update a lace-up ankle silhouette, and a woolen shafts cross over into luxury comfort.

Cheap Monday

Cheap Monday‘s fall line-up offers a set of round toe lasts meant to stand out but still provide comfort.  The newest item features a welted injected low pitch wedge made out of contrast rubber.  Simple overlay and stitching details update a Chelsea in bright cherry red, while a sleek ankle boot looks contemporary with stacked platform and heel and pebble surface leather.

Coral Blue

Ruching and burnished leathers looks fresh on thick wooden outsoles and chunky heels.  Coral Blue‘s influence show pointers from artisanal handcrafts, featuring embroidered suede boots and hand stitching. A cow-print fur boot stands out from the pack for weather-ready comfort.


Autumn brights and suede are key for Vagabond‘s fall selection.  Heavy, square-shaped heels balance out hidden platform constructions on a fuchsia  ankle boot.  A duotone slip on ballerina offers a new silhouette with the return of the flatform, which also updated a patent Chelsea, and features a pointed toe last.

GDS‘ next edition is scheduled for September 5-7, with the latest developments for the S/S 13 season.  -Jenn Tello

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