Dempsey Pauwels

The 4th Annual Global Footwear Awards is Open for submission!

Regular Deadline – Saturday, September 30, 2023.



The Global Footwear Awards acknowledges the best in the shoes industry, addressing creativity, innovation, sustainability and social impact. GFA provides an international platform for professionals and students to share their footwear design, 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

The 3rd Annual Global Footwear Awards Winners Announced

The Global Footwear Design Awards (GFA) is announcing winners for its 3rd edition, showcasing a variety of exceptional creative potential across 20+ categories in all levels:... Read more »

3C Awards is joining The World Design Organization (WDO), a worldwide network of over 185 member organizations promoting industrial design.

Zurich, Switzerland – The Three C Group (3C Group) has recently joined the World Design Organization (WDO)®, becoming a member of the globally recognized non-governmental organization that aims... Read more »

Global Footwear Awards is joining the 3C Awards Group, a sSwiss-based organization curating, recognizing and supporting talented designers.

3C Awards will be a leading organization curating, recognizing and supporting talented designers through awards, press, media exposure, events, and exhibitions organization. The company’s key... 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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