Cordwainers Footwear Awards returns as a live event in 2022 as part of the Company’s 750th Anniversary celebrations.

In 2022, the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers are celebrating an incredible 750 years of existence. Established to oversee the trade of shoemaking, today the company continues with a strong charitable ethos, and a primary focus of nurturing and supporting young talent in the fashion and shoemaking industries.

As one of the oldest Livery Companies in the City of London, the Cordwainers have a full
schedule of celebratory eventsfor their anniversary year, including a new podcast series ‘In Their Shoes’ and the highly acclaimed Cordwainer Footwear Awards in June.
Since 2014, the Cordwainer Footwear Awards have been supporting next generation footwear talent from three undergraduate footwear design courses in the UK: at De Montfort University, the University of Northampton and London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London. Previous winners, including Helen Kirkum, Meta Cunder and Ganor Dominic, are making their mark in the industry, having used their prize money to fund further education in footwear design, or start their own footwear design businesses.

“I am delighted to announce that the 2022 Cordwainer Footwear Awards will be back as a live event this year, coinciding with the 750th Anniversary of the Company. The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers remains dedicated to promoting excellence in footwear design and shoemaking and I am thrilled that we continue to seek out and support the next generation of talent through this competition. Our future is our trade” comments Master of the Company, Peter Lamble.

He continues, “We look forward to welcoming many recognisable names from the footwear industry on the night. Our exceptional panel of judges, led by Cordwainer Liveryman Katie Greenyer also comprises Freemen, Beatrix Ong, Charlotte Olympia Dellal and Joachim Sedelmeier, as well as Michael Atmore, Editorial Director of Footwear News. They will have the unenviable task of awarding almost £12,000 in prizes”.

The awards evening will be a spectacular event with the best of the footwear industry coming together to celebrate the students work. The awards will be presented by special guests including Charlotte Olympia Dellal and a highlight of the evening will be an inspirational talk by guest speaker Scott Emerson who is the Head of Footwear Design at Dunhill.

The 2022 Cordwainers Footwear Awards will be held on June 9th at The Clothworkers Hall in London. For further information about The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers and the Cordwainers Footwear Awards, for images or interviews please contact

The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers podcast series ‘In Their Shoes,’ features the brightest and best in the footwear industry, the range of participants is vast from bespoke footwear and craft experts to innovative entrepreneurs and influencers. Join their host Katie Greenyer, Cordwainer and Creative Director of Pentland Brands, for refreshingly open and honest conversations allowing you to step into the shoes of the talent behind the brands. What drives and inspires them? What challenges have they overcome and what does the future hold?

The Cordwainers podcast ‘In Their Shoes’ can be found on Apple, Spotify, and Google.