Valleverde, the Italian comfort shoe specialist that has retail outlets in many airports and railway stations, is negotiating with Autogrill to open corners in a few service stations on Italy’s highways. Autogrill is one of the main catering and retail operators on the highway network in Italy. Valleverde opened 15 new concept stores in the first 5 months of the year and is now investing €1 million on an additional 11 concept store openings in Italy and 5 abroad, plus a showroom in Beijing. A factory outlet will follow shortly in Lisbon. Valleverde will launch a line of leather apparel from Spring/Summer 2005 with 15 models for women and 5 for men. The Italian company is in the process of finalizing another project, aptly named Security Shoes. There are different models in the range designed to fulfill the needs of a whole series of professions including managers, for whom long sedentary working days pose a specific problem, carpenters, warehousemen and sales clerks. The launch will be supported by a campaign explaining to the relevant Italian trade associations that the right footwear can reduce the impact of accidents and illness.