from the editor

The challenges are big, but the opportunities are vast. 

2024 will go down in history as a year that will mark a number of profound cultural and economic shifts that will shape a new and very different future for the shoe industry. 

The mass introduction of AI and big tech's moves to accommodate them are having a profound effect on the digital world. At the same time, the ever-changing post-COVID culture continues to evolve, affecting the way we work, play and dress.

The combined impact of these changes is enormous and will be a major point of focus at the upcoming FN Summit on Tuesday, June 25 in New York City. 

We've assembled an all-star cast of major success stories to reveal
their secrets to excelling in such tumultuous yet exciting times. They will cover a wide range of topics including diversity, the retail
landscape and the power of hot product. 

A host of "Hot List" leaders in the shoe industry - from Deckers, Crocs, Adidas, Saks, On, Aldo and more - will join the insightful FN team for a power-packed day you can't afford to miss.

Join us for a powerful conversation about the road ahead.

Michael Atmore
Chief Brand Officer, Fairchild Media Group
Editorial Director, Footwear News 

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.


Click sessions for more details

Breakfast & Registration8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Block I9:30 AM - 10:50 AM
Networking Break10:50 AM - 11:20 AM
Block II11:20 AM - 12:30 PM
Lunch12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Block III2:00 PM - 3:10 PM
Networking Break3:10 PM - 3:40 PM
Block IV3:40 PM - 4:30 PM
Cocktails & Connections4:30 PM

Programming details and agenda timing are subject to change

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: $3,950


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