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Key facts about The Global Footwear Awards (GFA):
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.

GFA’s juries panel consists of leading professionals, across the globe, coming from different disciplines within the footwear industry, including major publications, retailers, institutions and influencers, providing an overall industry perspective towards the selection of the best design.  All entries are evaluated on its own merit and its not competing against other entries. GFA with over 130 categories Global Footwear Awards is honoring and awarding the talents of those who push boundaries and set new standards, who turn the ordinary into the truly extraordinary and inspire others, today and for generations to come.

GFA’S AWARD CATEGORIES
Performance, Fashion, Kids, Sustainability and Special Jury Awards

PERFORMANCE 

    • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
      (Awarded to 3 companies with best over all designs, in Large, Medium and Small size businesses)
    • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
      (Awarded to a Design professionals not working in footwear industry)
    • EMERGING FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
      (Awarded to a Students, recent graduated students currently not working.)

MEDICAL 

    • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
      (Awarded to 3 companies with best over all designs, in Large, Medium and Small size businesses)
    • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
      (Awarded to a Design professionals not working in footwear industry)
    • EMERGING FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
      (Awarded to a Students, recent graduated students currently not working.)

FASHION

    • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
      (Awarded to 3 companies with best over all designs, in Large, Medium and Small size businesses)
    • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
      (Awarded to a Design professionals not working in footwear industry)
    • EMERGING FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
      (Awarded to a Students, recent graduated students currently not working.)

KIDS

    • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
      (Awarded to 3 companies with best over all designs, in Large, Medium and Small size businesses)
    • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
      (Awarded to a Design professionals not working in footwear industry)
    • EMERGING FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
      (Awarded to a Students, recent graduated students currently not working.)

SUSTAINABILITY 

    • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
      (Awarded to 3 companies with best over all designs, in Large, Medium and Small size businesses)
    • FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
      (Awarded to a Design professionals not working in footwear industry)
    • EMERGING FOOTWEAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR
      (Awarded to a Students, recent graduated students currently not working.)

JURY AWARDS

  • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
    Awarded to a person in Footwear Design whose contributions have had a profound impact and inspiration to 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 AFRICA, ASIA, DOWN UNDER, EUROPE/UK, NORTH/ SOUTH AMERICA
    (Goes to the brand with most awards won in these each continent)

  • BEST PERFORMANCE FOOTWEAR UNDER $100

  • BEST FASHION FOOTWEAR UNDER $100

  • BEST FOOTWEAR ACCESSORIES

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

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

Entering a project is completed online, and is 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.

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