Los Angeles, CA – The Global Footwear Awards (GFA) is partnering with the China Leather Association and Wenzhou Municipal People’s Government organizer of the first “Red Boots Award” to provide a new set of benefits to the GFA’s winners: showcase their work to the fast-growing footwear industry in China and find strategic partners to produce their shoes concept.

 

Global Footwear Awards recognizes visionary out-of-the-box thinkers from around the world with an ambition to provide the highest recognition to footwear designers in all footwear divisions, from Fashion to Sports. Entries are evaluated at three different levels: Brands, Independent Designers and students, in order to provide a fair opportunity for each level. With 24 categories, the Global Footwear Awards honors strategic thinking and innovative solutions from medical footwear, to running and trails, vegan, recycled materials to those having a positive social impact with inspiring collaboration.

 

The “Red Boots Design” advocates product innovation driven by design creativity, highlighting the commercialization and marketization of design achievements; introducing the local footwear industry in Wenzhou, igniting cooperation between designers, design colleges and enterprises and leading the design trend vane of China’s footwear industry.

 

In December 2022, China Leather Association and Wenzhou Municipal People’s Government will invite experts and scholars, industry leaders, entrepreneurs and fashion buyers from developed countries such as Europe, the United States, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam to explore the new ecology of fashion trends in China’s footwear industry, draw a new blueprint for the development of China’s footwear industry, and promote the transformation and upgrading of China’s footwear industry.

 

The organizers of “Red Boots Design” not only provide generous bonuses to encourage the designers, but also release a series of supporting and recruiting policies to attract outstanding designers to launch their career in Wenzhou. Also, after the competition, the organizers will collaborate with partners from the academic and industrial circle to provide resources for winners, help them implement their programs, as well as produce, promote and sell their products, thus gathering domestic and international resources of footwear design, building a hundred billion footwear industry cluster, and establishing an open, prosperous, and vigorous ecological chain for global footwear industry.

 

The 2022 Global Footwear Awards winners will be invited to join the “Red Boot Awards” to submit their designs which will be reviewed by industry experts made of Chinese and International Jury members to win a trip to Wenzhou, China; meet local manufacturers, receive concept counseling and potentially start producing their awarded Footwear Design.

 

GFA Program Manager, Jennifer Cullera shared her thoughts on the exclusive partnership, “We are thrilled to now provide a unique opportunity for talented designers to realize their dreams – meet Footwear Manufacturers to potentially start production”.

 

Registration for the Global Footwear Awards is now open and will close on January 15th 2022. For more information on the partnerships and benefits – please contact info@globalfootwearawards.com 

 

About Global Footwear Awards

The Global Footwear Awards recognizes the efforts of talented footwear designers around the world and aims to celebrate their exceptional creations at a global scale while honoring sustainable practices that will inspire the industry as a whole.

 

About Farmani Group

Established in 1985, Farmani Group is responsible for many successful awards program around the globe, including the International Design Awards (IDA), Architecture Masterprize, DNA Paris Design Awards, London International Creative Awards, Prix de la Photographie in Paris, and the Annual Lucie Awards for Photography, which has emerged as one of the world’s most prestigious awards.

 

Los Angeles, CA – Global Footwear Awards (GFA) announces Winners for GFA x Shoe Girls Up-and-Coming Female Footwear Designers.

 The Global Footwear Awards (GFA) and Shoe Girls Studio just announced the winners of the  GFA x Shoe Girls Up-and-Coming-Female Footwear Designers, celebrating the incredible female talents in fashion. With its on-going mission to uncover visionary design talents, the GFA and Shoe Girls Studio hope to encourage creative female designers to showcase their exceptional designs by creating a special award specifically for female footwear designers, to help develop their footwear concept with support in design, development and production, including a more sustainable sourcing. 

Shoe Girls Studio’s founding focus is to make space for women in a male-dominated industry. We provide a supportive design development process that lifts female-led footwear startups. We are excited to work with the winning designer to develop their vision further and bring their brand to life”, said Mar Espanol, Shoe Girls Studio Co-Founder.

 

GFA x Shoe Girls Up-And-Coming Female Footwear Brand
The Fibonacci Mule by Sarah Diab

 
Winning designers will receive free consultation from Shoe Girls to help kick start their business, while being a part of GFA network of footwear professionals and benefiting from the GFA marketing campaigns, press releases, newsletters, interviews, and promotions.

Shoe Girls Studio has been very passionate about supporting women in the footwear industry and we’ve found common values in celebrating female footwear designers together. We’re grateful for their generosity to utilize their footwear expertise to help shape footwear businesses for women in different stages of the process“, said GFA Director Siramol On-Sri.

View all GFA x Shoe Girls Winning Designers here:

 

 

GFA x Shoe Girls Up-And-Coming Female Footwear Designer
Tabi Flow by Haoran Qi

 

Shoe Girls Studio is a New York-based creative footwear consultancy known for our high-touch and custom-fit collaborative approach to footwear and accessories design and development. With more than a decade of industry experience and a vast international network, Shoe Girls talented team of designers and product developers take a hands-on approach with clients, producing products that are both classic and innovative.

 

View other GFA 2021 Winners here

 

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Los Angeles, CA – Global Footwear Awards (GFA) announces Winners for GFA x SBW Up-and-Coming Female Sneaker Designers.

 The Global Footwear Awards (GFA) and Sneakers By Women (SBW) just announced the winners of the  GFA x SBW Up-and-Coming-Female Sneaker Designers, celebrating the incredible female talents in streetwear and sneaker culture. With this special partnership with Sneakers By Women, we are able to connect our female talents with industry experts through GFA and SBW community.

One of SBW’s main goals is to educate and inspire the next generation of females entering the sneaker industry. To recognise and congratulate those women through GFA, as well as providing the tools they need to thrive through access to a roster of sneaker industry. Each applicants designs beautifully combined creativity with innovation, it was so hard pick my favourites”, said Julia Lebosse, founder of Sneakers by Women

GFA x SBW Up-And-Coming Female Sneakers Brand
The Prelude Brittney Perry – Perryco Shoes

 

Winning designers in this special category will receive mentorship support by footwear professionals through GFA and SBW community to help further their career, while benefiting from the GFA marketing campaigns, press releases, newsletters, interviews, and promotions

Julia truly is the voice of today’s generation, advocating for female footwear designers. We are so excited to partner with her and build together a global platform that provides exposure and support, and inspires many more female sneaker designers to come”, added GFA Director Siramol On-Sri.

 

GFA x SBW Up-And-Coming Female Sneakers Designer
Inspire Change Initiative by Gloria Rose Mackaya – University of the Arts London

 

Sneakers by Women (SBW) is an online platform/community that celebrates the unsung female heroes that work within the industry that define streetwear and sneaker culture. While shedding light on industry inequalities and problems women face. The main goal being to continue to grow a community of female and male allies who will collectively advocate for a more diverse sneaker industry! Through this inspiring and encouraging the next generation of women to thrive in the ever evolving sneaker world.

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The Global Footwear Awards 2021 Best Overall Winners Announced

The Global Footwear Design Awards (GFA) is announcing winners for its second edition, showcasing a variety of exceptional creative potential across 20+ categories in all levels; Brands, Independent and Students. The GFA recognizes visionary design talent from around the world with an ambition to provide the highest recognition to footwear designers in all categories including sustainability and social impact.

For the first time, The Global Footwear Awards is partnering with Sneakers By Women and Shoe Girls Studio to launch special awards specifically for female footwear designers with a mission to provide greater exposures for aspiring female footwear design professionals as well as emerging designers.

“One of Sneakers By Women’s main goals is to educate and inspire the next generation of females entering the sneaker industry. To recognise and congratulate those women through GFA, as well as providing the tools they need to thrive through access to a roster of sneaker industry.” Julia Lebosse, Founder of Sneakers By Women

The GFA jury panel consists of leading industry professionals coming from different disciplines within the footwear industry, including publications, retailers, institutions and the footwear guru in the industry, providing an overall industry perspective towards the selection of the best designs. Here are some of our jury’s words:

“The GlobalFootwearAwards is a great competition for both, young and aspiring designers to showcase their concepts and also for established brands to let their work compete against each other.” Timon Kuhlenkamp, On Running Footwear Designer.

“Apart from enjoying the variety in creativity I was most happy to see that more and more designers start to think of footwear as an area to tackle socio-political issues and so plays a part in taking the discipline beyond only reproducing styles of fashion, and playing with technology, and engaging with real-life issues.” Eelko Moorer, LCF MA footwear course leader.

Here are the 2021 GFA ‘Design of the Year’: 

Pointe.2

Abdul Lawal, United Kingdom – London Southbank University
Emerging Designer of the Year

The Julee Boot

Tori Soudan, United States
Independent Designer of the Year

3D SPHERE

Kui Cai, China – Peak Sports Usa Design Center, Inc
Brand of the Year

Here are the 2021 GFA ‘Best Overall Designs: 

Gravel

Ruben Asuo
Best Overall – Sustainability

ZELLIJ

Lise De Smet
Best Overall – Women’s Fashion

ARCapsule 

Parthasarathee Behura – Politecnico Di Milano
Best Overall – Sports Performance

RULE 

Dempsey Pauwels – Academy of Fine Arts Sint-Niklaas (SASK)
Best Overall – Men’s Fashion

 

Smart Slipper

Yanzhe Wang / Menghao Yuan, China – University of Nottingham
Best Overall – Special Awards in Medical and Social Impact

PIPE

Weijian Wu – Minjiang Normal School
Best Overall – Kids

Kira Goodey: Genderless Heels

Kira Goodey – Brand
Best Overall – Unisex Fashion

 

Foot’s Nest

Noriyuki Misawa – Misawa Shoe Design
Best Overall – Special Awards in Artistic Footwear

3D SPHERE

Kui Cai, China – Peak Sports Usa Design Center, Inc
Best Overall – Fashion Sneakers

Pointe.2

Abdul Lawal, United Kingdom – London Southbank University
Best Overall – Special Awards in Innovation and 3D Printing

 

View through the rest of the GFA 2021 winners 

Congratulations to all winners on their outstanding works!

“It’s been such an exciting journey seeing all the work this year. The level of creativity conjointly with innovation and sustainability made us realised why we do what we do. I hope that our platform encourages many more aspiring designers, professionals and brands to continue pushing boundaries of design as we provide space and exposure for their creative visions to ignite.” Siramol On-Sri, GFA Managing Director. 

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

Global Footwear Awards Best Overall Designs Announced

Los Angeles, CA –Farmani Group launched The Global Footwear Design Awards (GFA) for the first time as a sister awards alongside IDA International Design Award. The GFA recognizes visionary design talent from around the world with an ambition to provide the highest recognition to footwear designers in all categories including sustainability and medical footwear.

 

The GFA jury panel consists of leading industry professionals coming from different disciplines within the footwear industry, including publications, retailers, institutions and the footwear guru in the industry, providing an overall industry perspective towards the selection of the best designs. Here are some of our jury’s words:

 

Having judged the awards and really investigated what each brand/trainer was about, it was so great to see a dedication to sustainability and ethical practices on so many fronts. It’s one thing designing and manufacturing great-looking shoes, but to do so and achieve a high-level of sustainable awareness at the same time is applaudable.Zak Maoui, British GQ Style Editor.

 

The GlobalFootwearAwards is a great competition for both, young and aspiring designers to showcase their concepts and also for established brands to let their work compete against each other.Timon Kuhlenkamp, On Running Footwear Designer.

 

Apart from enjoying the variety in creativity I was most happy to see that more and more designers start to think of footwear as an area to tackle socio-political issues and so plays a part in taking the discipline beyond only reproducing styles of fashion, and playing with technology, and engaging with real-life issues. Eelko Moorer, LCF MA footwear course leader.

 

Here are the 2020 GFA ‘Best Overall Winners’

The ISPA Road Warrior

Nate Jobe Jobe
Fashion Sneakers – Brand level

 

Natural Selection – The Objectification of the Shoe

Liz Ciokajlo
Fashion – Brand level

 

Futurecraft.Strung

Fionn Corcoran-Tadd
Performance footwear– Brand level

 

Hi-tech footwear skin

MgA. Zuzana Oharek Bahulova, Ph.D.
Medical footwear– Brand level

 

Silent Runner

Benjamin Thomas
Sustainability– Brand level

 

THE NEXT

Kui Cai
Special Awards– Brand level

 

Sonic IQ 1.0 (Hearing Impaired Assistive Footwear)

Jaden Zhai
Kids – Independent level

 

Safa Sahin Sneaker

Safa Sahin
Fashion Sneakers– Independent level

 

Bloom Foam

Olly Saunders
Fashion– Independent level

 

City Glider – Next Gen Footwear

Phua Wei Qiang Frederick
Performance footwear – Student level

 

Walking in Silence

Maria Bika
Medical footwear– Independent level

 

Voronoi Runners

Rik Olthuis
Sustainability– Student level

 

mutualism

Chiyang Duan
Special Awards– Student level

 

Congratulations to all winners on their outstanding works!

 

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

 

Croatian eco-sneaker brand Miret wins big at Global Footwear Awards

Croatian eco-sneaker brand Miret has beaten prestigious world brands to win three awards at the Global Footwear Awards.

Just over six years ago, brothers Domagoj and Hrvoje Boljar, whi are from Duga Resa, a town just outside of Zagreb, launched their Miret sneaker brand which are made of 97% natural materials.

At the recent Global Footwear Awards, Hrvoje won first place for materials sourcing in the small size company category for the Miret project, and gold in the materials sourcing / biodegradable materials category. Ana Boljar won the silver award for the Miret Forest dark collection for materials sourcing.

“This award is a great recognition for our hard work and continuous research through which we improve our product. We are at the beginning of an era in which sustainability comes first. As ecology is our primary goal, through Miret we try to inform the public and emphasise the urgency of environmental actions. All human activities harm the environment, but there are ways to reduce it. These awards best shows in which direction we are going and what we are striving for,” said Domagoj.

MIRET Co-founders Domagoj and Hrvoje Boljar

Miret ecological sneakers were created from as many as 10 natural materials – hemp, kenaf, flax, cork, wood, corn, jute, eucalyptus, rubber, and 100% natural wool from New Zealand certified to the strictest environmental certificates in the world for animal and environmental safety.

Last year, they launched the second collection of their comfortable and durable soft sneakers on the Kickstarter funding platform, raising over 400,000 kuna. Miret also won the Gold medal at the IDA Design Awards 2020.

Croatian eco-sneaker brand Miret wins big at Global Footwear Awards

Global Footwear Awards proudly announces the First Annual Winners

Here Are The First Annual Winners of Global Footwear Awards

The GFA honors strategic thinking and innovative solutions to footwear, sustainability and social impact.

Recognizing visionary design talents from all around the world, The Global Footwear Design Awards (GFA) has announced the first annual winners. Launched as a sister award alongside International Design Award by Farmani Group, GFA has an ambition to provide the highest recognition to footwear designers on all levels and in all footwear categories.

FOOTWEAR

The GFA jury panel consists of leading industry professionals coming from different disciplines within the footwear industry, including publications, retailers and institutions, providing an overall industry perspective towards the selection of the best design.

Scroll down to discover the first annual winners of Global Footwear Awards:

Chia-Yuan Ko – FTW_SYMT_2

Evaluating submissions from all over the globe, entries are evaluated at four different levels: corporations, small businesses, independent designers and students, in order to provide a fair opportunity to each level.

We, at International Design Awards (IDA), are very excited to create an awards specifically for footwear design as we see a tremendous design potential within this field. I see a fast growing momentum of young footwear talents that truly deserve global recognitions. There are many great works that bridges art, footwear and technology together, which is extremely exciting.
– said Hossein Farmani, International Design Awards (IDA) president.

 

The Winners of the Global Footwear Award are:

Gold – Fashion Sneaker and Ethical Manufacturing- student category
Name: Chia-Yuan Ko
Project title: FTW_SYMT

Gold- Performance footwear- student category
Name: Phua Wei Qiang Frederick
Project title: City Glider – Next Gen Footwear

The Global Footwear awards also honors strategic thinking and innovative solutions to medical footwear, sustainability and social impact to inspire many more social responsibility projects to come.

Apart from enjoying the variety in creativity I was most happy to see that more and more designers start to think of footwear as an area to tackle socio-political issues and so plays a part in taking the discipline beyond only reproducing styles of fashion, and playing with technology, and engaging with real-life issues.
– Eelko Moorer, GFA Jury and LCF MA footwear course leader.

 

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Los Angeles, CA – Global Footwear Awards(GFA) is launching a special award for Up and Coming Female Sneaker Designers!

The Global Footwear Awards and Sneakers By Women are joining to create an award to celebrate the incredible female talents in streetwear and sneaker culture. With its ongoing mission to uncover visionary design talents, the GFA hopes to encourage creative female designers to showcase their unprecedented designs by creating a special award specifically for female sneakers designers, in partnership with Sneakers By Women(SBW).

“One of SBW’s main goals is to educate and inspire the next generation of females entering the sneaker industry. To recognize and congratulate those women through GFA, as well as providing the tools they need to thrive through access to a roster of sneaker industry pros, aligns perfectly with SBW. So it was an obvious yes to partnering up!” Julia Lebosse, Founder by sneakers by women

Silent Runner, GFA2020 Winner: Hodei_Club

Winning designers in this special category will receive mentorship support from footwear professionals through GFA and SBW community to help further their careers while benefiting from the GFA marketing campaigns, press releases, newsletters, interviews, and promotions.

“Julia truly is the voice of today’s generation, advocating for female footwear designers and we are so excited to partner with her. We hope to build together a global platform that provides exposure, support, and inspires many more female sneaker designers to come.” GFA Director Siramol On-Sri

Sneakers By Women is an online platform/community that celebrates the unsung female heroes that work within the industry that define streetwear and sneaker culture. While shedding light on industry inequalities and problems women face. The main goal is to continue to grow a community of female and male allies who will collectively advocate for a more diverse sneaker industry! Through this inspiring and encouraging the next generation of women to thrive in the ever-evolving sneaker world.

The Global Footwear Awards aims to celebrate their exceptional creations at a global level while honoring sustainable practices that will inspire the industry as a whole. The 2nd Annual Global Footwear Awards is now open for submission! Please visit www.globalfootwearawards.com