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Cordwainers National Footwear Student of the Year Awards

Launched in 2014, the Cordwainers National Footwear Student of the Year Awards are entrenched in the Company’s core purpose: supporting and encouraging young shoemakers and footwear designers.

Why did I say yes?

Past Master Jeremy Blanford is training for the bike ride of his life.

As I ride around the Kent countryside, the rain and hail are falling and I am soaked to the skin. I ask myself why on earth I signed up to ride 150 miles in a day?

What is the point of bespoke?

Once upon a time, all shoes were handmade. Today, handmade and bespoke shoemaking is a niche area, but the demand for quality, handmade footwear remains alive and kicking.

Inspirational Wednesday

It’s ‘inspirational Wednesday’, one of our favourite days of the year when we are privileged to see some of the best work by Britain’s student footwear designers.