Expo Riva Schuh, the leading international shoe fair for the low and medium segments of the footwear market, where many low-priced sneakers and other types of footwear are exhibited twice a year, is bringing forward the winter edition of its trade show, making it happen along with the Garda Bags fair for leathergoods on Dec. 11-14 instead of the middle of January. In view of the production planning requirements of some big manufacturers, the idea of an earlier timing for a trade show has been on the cards for quite some time. It was logical that Expo Riva Schuh would take the lead in the process at the international level as the Italian fair on Lake Garda has been, since the start, the first place where buyers would meet producers or their agents for pre-sampling purposes and to place their first orders. The organizers have already cancelled the mid-June summer edition of the two fairs because of Covid-19. While they are still reportedly working on virtual fair, they have scheduled three webinars prior to the physical event. The first one, on July 22, will discuss the situation created at the manufacturing stage by the pandemic. A webinar on Sept. 29 will focus on the post-Covid redefinition of the retail trade. Finally, a webinar will be held on Nov. 10 to illustrate the fashion trends for the autumn/winter 2021/22 season as an introduction to the trade show. The fair usually welcomes more than 1,300 exhibitors, led by Chinese manufacturers, and 12,000 visitors from all over the world. More in Shoe Intelligence.