The First Annual Footwear Awards

GFA offers recognition in all footwear divisions, from Fashion to Sports, and at every stage of development, from design to the manufacturing process.  GFA evaluates entries in 4 different levels: corporations, small businesses, independent designers, as well as students, in order to provide a fair opportunity to each level.

The Global Footwear Awards acknowledges ground-breaking footwear designs with the highest global recognition across different business entities, including non-footwear-designer-professionals and emerging young designers.

MISSION

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.

OBJECTIVE

The Global Footwear Awards honors the best in the industry, addressing creativity, innovation, sustainability, and social impact. GFA’s ambition is to provide the highest recognition to footwear designers on all levels, from emerging designers to businesses and corporations. The award offers global visibility to designers, providing greater opportunities in the footwear business and beyond. The GFA also provides an international platform, generating a network of leading professionals in the support of moving the industry forward. Furthermore, GFA honors strategic thinking and innovative solutions to sustainability and social impact, from design to manufacturing and beyond.

WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT

The Global Footwear Awards acknowledges the best footwear designers from all over the world with international recognition. The GFA Jury Panel consists of leading professionals, across the globe, coming from different disciplines within the footwear industry, including major publications, retailers, institutions, and influencers.

GFA offers recognition in all categories from Fashion to Sports, and at every stage of development, from design to manufacturing and technology. Moreover, GFA evaluates entries in 4 different levels: corporations, small businesses, non-footwear-designer-professionals, and students, in order to provide a fair opportunity to each level.

AWARD CATEGORIES

Performance, Fashion, Kids, Sustainability, and Jury Awards

PERFORMANCE 

  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Large business over 51 employees)
  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Medium business 11-50 employees)

  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Small business under 10 employees)

  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Independent footwear professionals)
  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Design professionals not working in the footwear industry)
  • EMERGING FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Students, recent graduate students currently not working.)

FASHION

  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Large business over 51 employees)
  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Medium business 11-50 employees)

  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Small business under 10 employees)

  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Independent footwear professionals)
  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Design professionals not working in the footwear industry)
  • EMERGING FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Students, recently graduate students currently not working.)

KIDS

  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Large business over 51 employees)
  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Medium business 11-50 employees)

  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Small business under 10 employees)

  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Independent footwear professionals)
  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Design professionals not working in the footwear industry)
  • EMERGING FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Students, recent graduate students currently not working.)

SUSTAINABILITY 

  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Large business over 51 employees)
  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Medium business 11-50 employees)

  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Small business under 10 employees)

  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Independent footwear professionals)
  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Design professionals not working in the footwear industry)
  • EMERGING FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Students, recent graduate students currently not working.)

MEDICAL 

  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Large business over 51 employees)
  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Medium business 11-50 employees)

  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Small business under 10 employees)

  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Independent footwear professionals)
  • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Design professionals not working in the footwear industry)
  • EMERGING FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
    (Students, recent graduate students currently not working.)

JURY AWARDS

  • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
    Awarded to a person in Footwear Design whose contributions have had a profound impact in the footwear industry.
  • BEST OVERALL FOOTWEAR BRAND
    (Goes to the brand with most awards won this year)

  • BEST DEVELOPED FOOTWEAR INNOVATION
    (Goes to a design jury feels its most innovative)

  • BEST FOOTWEAR INDUSTRY LEADER OF THE YEAR
    (nominated and voted by the jury)

  • BEST INSPIRING FOOTWEAR PROJECT FOR CHANGE
    (nominated and voted by the jury)

  • BEST FOOTWEAR BRAND IN ASIA
    (Goes to the brand with most awards won in Asia)

  • BEST FOOTWEAR BRAND IN UK/EUROPE
    (Goes to the brand with most awards won in Europe and UK)

  • BEST FOOTWEAR BRAND IN NORTH AMERICA
    (Goes to the brand with most awards won in USA and Canada)

  • BEST FOOTWEAR BRAND AFRICA
    (Goes to the brand with most awards won in Africa)

  • BEST FOOTWEAR BRAND DOWN UNDER
    (Goes to the brand with most awards won in Australia and New Zealand)

  • BEST FOOTWEAR DESIGNER IN ASIA
    (Goes to a designer with the highest overall vote in Asia)

  • BEST FOOTWEAR DESIGNER IN UK/EUROPE
    (Goes to a designer with the highest overall vote in Europe and UK)

  • BEST FOOTWEAR DESIGNER IN NORTH AMERICA
    (Goes to a designer with the highest overall vote in USA and Canada)

  • BEST FOOTWEAR DESIGNER AFRICA
    (Goes to a designer with the highest overall vote in Africa)

  • BEST FOOTWEAR DESIGNER DOWN UNDER
    (Goes to a designer with the highest overall vote in Australia and New Zealand)

  • BEST PERFORMANCE FOOTWEAR UNDER $100

  • BEST FASHION FOOTWEAR UNDER $100

  • BEST FOOTWEAR ACCESSORIES

  • BEST FOOTWEAR DESIGN SCHOOL
    (Goes to a school with most awards won)

  • BEST CUSTOMIZATION
    (Goes to a design jury feels it’s the best-customized shoes)

Entering a project is completed online in a simple 4-step process. Designs can be from anywhere in the world. The design must be completed within recent years (5 years). It can be a product in-store, a project in development, or conceptual.

EVALUATION PROCESS

The Jury panel evaluates entries based on creativity, design, and innovation. The Jury members cast their votes individually and anonymously as opposed to in a group forum to ensure unbiased and impartial judging. Jury votes are tallied and the highest overall scoring entries in each category are selected as Winners.

The design must be completed in recent years (5 years). It can be a product in-store, a project in development, or conceptual. We reward excellence in footwear design, so the presentation of the design is an important part of evaluating the work. It needs to generate consumer desire and provide a better experience for consumers. Great designs are those that demonstrate innovation and embrace new technologies, set new trends, and push the boundaries of human ingenuity. We are also interested in designs with high regard to sustainable practices, social impact, and humanitarian issues, for which we have set up special awards.

Please ensure you provide sufficient and persuasive detailing and make your presentation as convincing as possible, as this will enable the jury to make the best possible evaluation of your design.

 

 

Click here to submit your project.