cordwainers1st Prize – Caroline Klemp, UAL, London College of Fashion

2nd Prize – Chantal Lavender, UAL, London College of Fashion

3rd Prize – Claire O’Connor, De Montfort University

Commendations – Doey Kim, De Montfort University and Da Young Im, UAL, London College of Fashion

Pages from Caroline Klemp’s portfolio can be seen here.

John Saunders, chief executive of the British Footwear Association(BFA) presented the awards and he reminded the audience of the need for the industry to work closely with schools and universities to promote British footwear saying,’We can all play a part in keeping British footwear great.’ A group of emerging independent footwear companies exhibited their shoes at the ceremony, including Kat MaconieEsskaAir and Grace, Swift and Co, Taylor Blake and Julian Hake.

Graduate of Cordwainer College and internationally renowned footwear designer Sophia Webster gave the keynote address, encouraging the students to ‘believe and have self determination, visualise your success. . . Always go above and beyond what is expected from you, be prepared to work hard and build a dream team, as you need a team of people to support you.’

Read the full Footwear Today feature here