I am here as a proxy for my father with my mom and 1 of our purchasers. My uncle is the Philippine representative for the conference. AFAIK there is a Shoes & Leather exhibit that parallels this conference.
US: the economy is bad but footwear is holding up relatively well vs other industries. People are still buying shoes.
EU: manufacturing/importing are down. Consumption of shoes is not dropping significantly. Imports are down because stocks are being sold off.