The Global Footwear Awards is now accepting submissions for its third edition. Footwear designers from across the globe are invited to showcase their latest designs with a mission to showcase established designers and uncover visionary emerging talents.
The GFA 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 differlevels: Brands, Independent Designers and students, tode 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.
In 2021, the program honored outstanding designers including Noriyuki Misawa, Lise De Smet in the Women Fashion category, Jean-marc Djian in the Trail running category, Brittney Perry for Perryco Shoes and Ma, rshall Westlake for the biodegradable footwear.
GFA Program Manager, Jennifer Cullera shared her thoughts on the upcoming competition, “I am very grateful to be part of this amazing program and excited to see extraordinary creations from professionals and emerging designers.”
Jury member Timon Kuhlenkamp shared their hopes for the upcoming competition, “The Global Footwear Awards is a great competition for young and aspiring designers to showcase their concepts and also for established brands to let their work compete against each other.”
The Global Footwear Awards jury panel consists of leading international professionals working in the footwear industry, including renowned footwear professionals, major publications, retailers, and design institutions. Past jurors have included Flora McLean, Senior Lecturer of Footwear and Accessories at Royal College of Art in London; Anna Maria Giano, Contributing Editor at Vogue Italia, Julia Lebosse founder of Sneakers by Women; Arnau Sanjuan, Design Director at adidasAdidasany more. The judges are on the lookout for extraordinary designers who are producing sustainable as well as exceptional creations.
“This year we hope to reach many more international designers, especially among young footwear enthusiasts. The sneaker design revolution and fan collections have grown massively over the last decade. With the footwear market growing to nearly $400 Billion a year, it’s essential to highlight the truly outstanding designs in this global industry.” said Hossein Farmani, President of Farmani Group, then added, “We are an independent design award honoring the individual designers as much as the big brands, and encouraging amateur and student designers to share their fresh creative vision with the leaders of the industry”.
Registration for the Global Footwear Awards is now open and will close on January 15th, 2023. The early submission discount will end on August 31st and enable participants to submit their visionary projects at a discount.
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