2012 Winners

The first Footwear Industry Awards on 19th February 2012, at the Forest of Arden, was highlighted as a fantastic evening, which was throughly enjoyed by the whole industry.

So who won each of the 19 categories?

Following 271 nominations, and 1244 votes (again no judging panel was involved in choosing our winners), here are the highly commended and Winners in each category;

Best Men’s Footwear Brand
Sponsored by Cherry Blossom
Winner – Loake Shoemakers
Highly Commended – Padders

Best Ladies Footwear Brand
Winner – Paul Green
Highly Commended – Fit Flop

Best Children’s Footwear Brand
Winner – Garvalin
Highly Commended – Start-Rite Shoes

Best Wellness/Sports Footwear Brand
Winner – Skechers
Highly Commended – Clarks

Best Footwear Representative
Winner – Nick West (Compass Footwear)
Highly Commended – Jeremy Hewitt (Merrel/Hush Puppies)

Best Comfort Brand
Winner – Padders
Highly Commended – DB Shoes

Best Fashion Footwear Brand
Winner – Hunters
Highly Commended – Irregular Choice

Best Independent Men’s Retailer
Sponsored by Padders

Winner – Bishops
Highly Commended – Friary Shoes

Best Independent Ladies Retailer
Sponsored by Rieker

Winner – Friary Shoes
Highly Commended – Ellie Dickins

Best Independent Children’s Retailer
Sponsored by Garvalin
Winner – Pares Footwear
JOINT Highly Commended – Apples and Pairs Children’s Shoes AND Igloo

Best Independent Sports/Outdoor Footwear Retailer
Winner – Whalley Warm & Dry
Highly Commended – Lockwoods Ski and Outdoor

Best Multiple Retailer
Sponsored by Ascot International
Winner – Charles Clinkard
Highly Commended – Strolling for Shoes

Best E-tailer/Use of Technology
Sponsored by RTL
Winner – Edward Meeks
Highly Commended – All Sole.com

Best Customer Service
Sponsored by Out on a Limb
Winner – Rieker
JOINT Highly Commended – Padders and UKD

Best Below the Ankle Product Award
Winner – Cherry Blossom
Highly Commended – Dasco

Student Shoe Fitter of the Year
Sponsored by Society of Shoe Fitters
Winner – Mr. David O’Dwyer, Cushyfeet of Limerick.

Best New Retailer
Sponsored by Moda Footwear
Winner – Angels and Urchins
Highly Commended – Doris and Daisy

Footwear Personality of the Year
Sponsored by Footwear Today
Winner – Laura West, Society of Shoe Fitters
Highly Commended -Charles Clinkard

Footwear Brand of the Year
Sponsored by GDS
Winner – Rieker
Highly Commended – Kindred Sole