The Hot List:
The Bold Leaders and Big Ideas Reshaping Footwear

Footwear News gathers today’s best and brightest to break down the breakthroughs, the buzz and the big ideas shaping the future of footwear. As the unparalleled voice of the industry, Footwear News will curate a powerful speaker line-up of the most innovative creators, inspiring leaders, disruptors, break out stars and best sellers, and lean into what is moving us into tomorrow. Welcome to the FN Hot List.


  • - The New Powers:  The hottest brands in shoes are innovative, comfortable and accessible — and they’re rapidly capturing market share. Hear from the architects at the center of the revolution. 
  • - Sprinting Ahead: As the running and basketball markets fuel excitement in the performance arena, how key players are taking these businesses to the next level. 
  • - Retail 3.0: What is the store of the future? How physical and digital store concepts are evolving in 2024 as brick-and-mortar’s major comeback continues.  
  • - All About AI: There’s no question that AI is reshaping every aspect of the business, from product to retail to hiring. A look at the developments that will drive business in the back half of 2024 and beyond. 
  • - The DEI Challenge: As diversity progress stalls across the industry, a look at what’s really working — and what’s not.


Block I9:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Networking Break11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Block II11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Block III2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

*Subject to change


583 Park Ave,
New York, NY 10065

2023 Highlights

Audience Benefits

The 2024 Footwear News Summit provides attendees with unparalleled access to:
High impact talks from Footwear Industry Icons and Landscape shifting Executives
Insightful panels designed to move the culture and conversation forward
Strategically designed agenda packed with creative thinking to take business to the next level
An environment that connects directly to C-suite and senior-level insiders


Audiences at the Footwear News Summit leave with
Strategic learnings that will elevate business practices
A sense of collaboration among peers and mentors at the highest level across the footwear community
Newer, stronger and more meaningful networking among brands and retailers that last a career



Brands / Retailers


Industry Service Providers


C-Suite Founder, Partners, Principals


Senior Level Executives EVPs, SVPs, VPs

Ticket rates

Brands and Retailers

Early Bird Rate: $1,275 | Standard Rate: $1,500

*Early Bird rate ends on March 30, 2024

Service Providers

Standard Rate: $4,250


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