The launch session of Starter by Midec has been postponed from January 2005 to January 2006 as the organizers of the new Parisian trade show have not found enough participants. While generating a lot of interest in the fair after its announcement, particularly in the children’s shoe sector, many exhibitors wanted to see first how the first session was going to perform before committing themselves. Competition from other new trade shows and hesitation about showing Fall/Winter women’s footwear at such an early stage contributed to the final outcome. On the other hand, the new Pre-GDS show in Düsseldorf seems to have reached its objectives. Even Garant Schuh is expected to participate in the new German preview, in spite of its financial difficulties.