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Cordwainers Footwear Awards

There has never been a more important time to support new ideas and new talent. It’s crucial to help boost the fortunes of the next generation who will design our future.

Michael Atmore, Judge, Cordwainers Footwear Awards, 2021


Since 2014, the Cordwainers Footwear Awards have been open to students of the three undergraduate footwear design courses in the UK.

Students from De Montfort University, the University of Northampton and London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London submit portfolios which are assessed by a distinguished judging panel drawn from members of the footwear industry.

The awards embody the Company’s core purpose, and demonstrate our ongoing commitment to supporting both the footwear industry and student footwear designers.

In addition to competing for prizes totalling £12,000, finalists will benefit from mentoring and guidance from established footwear professionals.


The Judges

This year, the judging panel will be led by Liveryman Katie Greenyer, Creative Director of Pentland Brands. She will be joined by:

Michael Atmore
Editorial Director of Footwear News and Director of Brand Development for Fairchild Fashion Media (FFM)

Beatrix Ong MBE
Cordwainer Freeman and luxury footwear and accessories designer

Joachim Sedelmeier
Cordwainer Freeman and Head of Design, Shoes, at Paul Smith

Charlotte Olympia Dellal
Cordwainer Freeman and international footwear and accessories designer

The Students

Every year we are amazed by the creativity and dedication of the entrants and we are never surprised when we hear that they have progressed to their dream jobs within the footwear industry.

The portfolios of the 2021 awards are here.