Natural Selection - The Objectification of the Shoe by Ourownskin

Global Footwear Design Awards Jury Announces the First Annual Winners

March 30, 2020

Global Footwear Design Award Announces Winners in the First Annual Edition

The Global Footwear Design Award (GFA) has announced the winners in the inaugural edition of its prestigious awards program. Honoring the most brilliant talents and outstanding global Footwear Designs, it sets the stage for GFA to take its place as a benchmark of design excellence across the industry. This announcement comes at an unprecedented and challenging time in history, where the Covid-19 pandemic is significantly impacting our lives. We hope everyone is staying safe.

With entries from all over the world, each project was anonymously peer-reviewed by the distinguished GFA jury panel comprised of international industry experts, rating each project according to their individual merits. The final winners were chosen based on the overall score of all the Jury votes. View the full Jury list here.

The jury panel has selected one ‘Best Footwear Design’ within each main category, given to the highest-rated project who will receive the handcrafted GFA trophy. Following this rating in descending order are; ‘Gold, Silver, Bronze Winners’ as well as ‘Honorable Mentions.’
A full list of this year’s winners is here.

GFA 2020 “Best Footwear Design” are awarded to the single best Footwear Design across the main categories:

The ISPA Road Warrior

Nate Jobe Jobe
Fashion Sneakers


Natural Selection – The Objectification of the Shoe

Liz Ciokajlo
Women’s Dress



Robert Clergerie
Women’s Casual


Anilou black lace-up

Junya Watanabe
Men’s Dress



Charaf Tajer
Men’s Casual


Link, Flipshoe

Yehuda Azoulay
Unisex Footwear



Fionn Corcoran-Tadd
Sports footwear


Construct 10061

Helen Kirkum


Ammonite superstar

Daniel Bailey



Vrinda Gupta
Ethical Workforce


Hi-tech footwear skin

MgA. Zuzana Oharek Bahulova, Ph.D.
Medical shoes


Silent Runner

Benjamin Thomas
Ethical Manufacturing


MIRET ecological sneakers

Hrvoje Boljar
Materials Sourcing


Each winner receives the coveted GFA Winners Seal to promote their award, a Winner’s Certificate, and a permanent profile on the GFA online Winner’s gallery. The Global Footwear Design Award has decided to postpone the Awards Ceremony due to the unfortunate Covid-19 situation until further notice.

The Global Footwear Design Award’s Founder, Hossein Farmani, commented, “Our esteemed jury members have worked hard to select the best projects. We are proud to present the Winners of our inaugural year, celebrating the creativity and talent of incredible design Footwear from around the world, giving them the global exposure they deserve.”

To learn more about GFA’s submission criteria and award structure, winner benefits, and more, click here. For any press enquiries, email team@globalfootwearawards