About Us

We bring Buyers and Sellers together for every Season of Footwear and Fashion!
 
The Windy City Shoe Travelers Club was started in the fall of 2011 by a group of footwear industry sales professionals who were looking to provide a first class regional market experience for both representatives and retailers alike. What began as a small group of reps showcasing 75 premier footwear brands has grown into a market of well over 300 brands where retailers can find the footwear and accessories their customers are seeking. We take pride in offering a relaxed, professional atmosphere with "Big City" Style and midwest hospitality to take care of all of your business needs!

WCST hosts three tradeshow markets in the Chicago area. The January Suite show will be downtown Chicago, in the heart of the City!  March and August tradeshows are open booth events providing a great opportunity for retailers to check out the latest brands in an efficient exhibit experience.

The Chicago Shoe Market is proudly sponsored by the Windy City Shoe Travelers (WCST), a non-profit association of industry manufacturers since it's inception.  Our goal is to provide what's best for our Exhibitors and Retailers, for their mutual business success! 

The Windy City Shoe Travelers have been able to provide three well-attended markets showcasing the best footwear brands – shows that industry professionals can be extremely proud of.  We invite you to join us to be a part of the Windy City Shoe Travelers and our CHICAGO SHOE MARKET!

January Market:
Our EARLY FALL SHOE MARKET features approximately 40 - 50 exhibitors with over 70 brands of Women’s Fashion Footwear, Athletic, Men’s, Children’s, Specialty Lines, Boots, Handbags and Accessories.  We will see you in the heart of the "Big City" at the Embassy Suites Chicago.  "Everything Chicago has to offer....all on one corner."
 
March Market:
Our FALL SHOE MARKET is one of our largest Markets of the year featuring 140 to 170 exhibitors with over 300 brands of Women’s Fashion Footwear, Athletic, Men’s, Children’s, Specialty Lines, Boots, Accessories, Handbags and Apparel. 
  
August Market:
Our SPRING SHOE MARKET is our largest Market of the year and features approximately 180 exhibitors showcasing Women’s Fashion Footwear, Athletic, Men's, Children's and Specialty Lines.  We also offer a beautiful assortment of Accessories, Handbags and Apparel. 
 
The two large market shows are hosted at the first-class venue, the  Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and Hotel. The Hotel provides spectacular rooms for exhibitors and retailers alike, with ample FREE PARKING and amazing dining options.
 
The evening before the Market, exhibitors can unwind from their travels at our complimentary Salesmen’s Cocktail Hour. On Wednesday evening, retailers and exhibitors mingle over complimentary Cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres with live entertainment. Each Market day morning, complimentary coffee and pastries are available in the registration area. A complimentary Lunch ticket is provided for retailers each Market Day they attend.