The Micam ShoEvent (micamonline.com) gained international importance by hosting 11% more foreigners than last year. With 44,192 visitors, the shoe show, held September 21-24, had 5.7% more visitors than the September 2005 edition.

Most of the 21,535 accredited international buyers who crowded the corridors of the Fiera Milano-Rho exhibition center came from Germany, Japan, Spain, France, Great Britain and Russia. With 1,651 exhibiting companies – including 519 foreign ones – and the presence of famous international designers, Micam has confirmed its position as a center of reference for Italian and international players.

“Once again Micam has not disappointed us,” said Rossano Soldini, president of fair-organizer Anci. “It carries on growing in this edition as well as in the previous ones. This is an important success in a critical moment of our sector.”

The show featured several new inventions and styles. Timberland (timberland.com) showed eco- and socially conscious shoes that transparently declare where the products come from and who has worked on them, Replay (replay.it) debuted a stonewashed line and Pepe Jeans (pepejeans.com) unveiled its new denim shoe collection. New labels at Micam included Feud, Last and Feis, who all showed fresh styles.

The show also bestowed the 21st Micam Awards to Italian businessman Sante Falcomer, owner of 17 shops, and designers Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison, who head the brand Sigerson Morrison (sigersonmorrison.com).