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Cordwainers Student Footwear Awards goes digital again for 2021

Tom Shearsmith
17 May 2021

The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers, organisers of the annual student Cordwainers Footwear Awards, has confirmed that the 2021 competition will go ahead digitally as planned, with the awards team, students and judges all working remotely.

The Cordwainers Footwear Awards were established to support the future of the shoe industry by celebrating and encouraging young footwear talent. Previous winners, including Helen Kirkum, Meta Cunder and Ganor Dominic, have used their prize money to fund further education in footwear design, or start their own footwear design businesses.

The Master of the Company, Peter Lamble, commented: “Last year the Cordwainers Footwear Awards were one of the few not to be cancelled and the first to move into the digital space in response to COVID-19.

After a more than challenging year, the 2021 Awards are just as important. I am proud that they are once again going ahead digitally. They embody the Company's core purpose, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to supporting both the footwear industry and student footwear designers.

“We have an excellent panel of judges from the footwear industry, with a wealth of experience and talent. They will be assessing this year's digital portfolios from the three footwear universities (De Montfort University, the University of Northampton and London College of Fashion at University of the Arts, London)."

This year’s prize fund totals £12,000, with £5,000 prize for the winner and a new award for sustainability.

This years judging panel includes Michael Atmore (Footwear News), Charlotte Olympia Dellal (designer), Beatrix Ong MBE (Cordwainer Freeman), Joachim Sedelmeier (Cordwainer Freeman) and Katie Greenyer (Cordwainer Liveryman).

Katie Greenyer, Creative Director, Pentland Brands, added: “The students have had to be even more resourceful than ever with university workshops closed and virtual learning. I'm always totally blown away with the enthusiasm, talent, professionalism and most importantly originality of the work. I'm so excited that we are able to continue to nurture, nourish and support footwear design through these unique times.”

The winners of the 2021 Cordwainers Footwear Awards will be announced by Katie Greenyer on 10 June 2021 at 4pm through a live stream on the The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers Instagram and Facebook page.

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