116th Annual Convention Rescheduled as Shoe Repair Industry Responds to COVID-19 Pandemic
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SSIA has postponed its 116th Annual Convention to 2022. The convention dates for next year will be July 16-17, 2022. The Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel will still host the event.
Though it seems things are finally starting to open up, SSIA members made it clear to the board of directors that they are either unable to come because of COVID’s financial impact or uncomfortable gathering in large numbers in close proximity in July. That, coupled with uncertainty over when restrictions on international travel and large gatherings will be permanently lifted, prompted the board to postpone the convention.
SSIA will hold its 2021 Annual Virtual Annual Meeting in August. The date will be announced shortly.
SSIA is still moving forward with the Silver Cup Contest. Entries will be judged in April and winners will be announced at a virtual meeting on a date to be determined. Winners will receive the materials to promote and market their success. Awards will be physically presented at the 2022 convention.
For convention updates, click here.
SSIA Releases National Polling Results for Best Built Shoes
A poll of SSIA members has created a definitive list of the most well made shoes in the world. Click here for the results.
Why Repair Your Shoes? Check Out These Videos from SSIA
Click here to visit SSIA's YouTube channel and see all of the videos.
SILVER CUP WINNERS MAKE HEADLINES
Do you want another good reason to enter the Silver Cup Contest? How about publicity far in excess of what your advertising budget can buy? Click here to see some of the media attention received by previous winners.
The Latest News from SSIA
Click here to download the current issue of Shoe Service, SSIA's newsletter.
SSIA has membership categories for shoe repair shops, wholesalers and suppliers of shoe repair and shoe care products and machinery. Click here to apply.
Promotional Materials for SSIA Members
SSIA has designed posters and complementary promotional materials based on the theme, "Shoe Repair, It's More than You Think!" Click here to take a look.
T-shirts and hoodies and coffee mugs, oh my. Click here to order your SSIA swag.
Silver Cup Awards
Congratulations to 2019 Robert DiRinaldo Grand Silver Cup winner Ronald Nijdam, 2019 World Cup winner Steve Doudaklian and the rest of the Silver Cup class of 2019. Click here for details.