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Global Footwear Awards Best Overall Designs Announced

April 9, 2021

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



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



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



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