The Cryptide, photo by Kai Knoerzer
The Cryptide




Your Greatest Designs Deserve The Highest Recognition.

The 5th Annual Global Footwear Awards is now open for submissions!


The Global Footwear Awards acknowledges the best in the shoe industry, addressing creativity, innovation, sustainability, and social impact. GFA provides an international platform for professionals and students to share their footwear design, and their innovative solutions to sustainability and social impact, from concept to manufacturing and beyond.

The program offers global visibility to designers, providing greater opportunities in the footwear industry for emerging designers to businesses and corporations.

Industry News & Press

Meet Stephan Henrich, the designer behind the Cryptide One, Winner of the 2023 Footwear Brand of the Year.

Footwear Designer Stephan Henrich Reveals the Story of the CRYPTIDE – ONE – Project. Global Footwear Awards 2023, Footwear Brand of the Year. Winning project: The... Read more »

Footwear Designer Hita Wangse Rudira Reveals the Story behind Anta Terran AWR, winner in 2023 Best Overall category.

Footwear Designer Hita Wangse Rudira Reveals the Story of the ANTA – TERRAN AWR – (ALL WEATHER READY) Project. Global Footwear Awards 2023 Best Overall Winner.... Read more »

Meeting with Constantinos Panayiotou, the 2023 Independent Designer of the Year.

PET LIGER Founder and Visionary Artist, Constantinos Panayiotou reveals the story of the VERTEX LOVE Project. Global Footwear Awards 2023 Design of the Year. Pushing... Read more »

Global Footwear Awards Jury members

Our esteemed jury panel consists of leading industry professionals whose talents and contributions to the footwear community are aspirational. They are leading professionals coming from different disciplines within the footwear industry, including major publications, retailers, institutions and influencers, providing an overall industry perspective towards the selection of the best design.

It is such an honor to receive this award. I am very grateful to the jury and to the Global Footwear awards for recognizing my work on this international landscape. This design is very significant to me, especially because the realization of the concept was very complicated given the sphere shape of the heel, however I was determined to bring it to fruition.

Tori Soudan - Winner 2021

Winning the Global Footwear Awards indicate that we are walking the right path and will continue to work hard in this way.

Dempsey Pauwels - Emerging Designer of the Year

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