Organised by Datateam Business Media for the industry, with the support of the BFA, IFRA, Society of Shoe Fitters and Footwear Today magazine, the event – now in its third year – promises to be an enthralling evening, held on the first night of the Moda Footwear Show, Sunday 16th February 2014.

This year’s finalists in each category, as voted for by the industry have been announced. Visit to find out who made the grade.

Cheryl Taylor, editor of Footwear Today magazine said:
“The standard of entries, as ever, is extremely high and it looks set to be a nail biting event for each of the finalists. I would like to see as many members of the trade as possible join with us in celebrating the industry’s success on the night.”

Echoing this sentiment, event director Paul Ryder said:
“The Footwear Industry Awards is a once a year opportunity to reward retailers, people and brands for all their hard work, while offering a fantastic networking opportunity for the trade. Tickets are selling at an unprecedented rate so I would urge members of the industry to book their tables soon.”

Richard Kottler, Chairman of the British Footwear Association added:
“The British 
Footwear Association is encouraging its member companies to seriously consider directly supporting these Awards which we know have now established themselves as fantastic way of recognising the achievements of the footwear industry.”

“So many brands and companies have exciting developments to shout about and winning an Award will act as a ringing endorsement of these ..oegood news.. stories. The BFA is looking forward to celebrating with all the applicants to all the categories on February 16th.”

Laura West of the Society of Shoe Fitters said:
“The Awards Dinner is the only shoe trade event that is worth donning the odd sequin for – even if you are a guy! This very reasonably priced event makes a welcome break from business and a chance to get together with like-minded people from all over the country and compare notes – or indeed simply enjoy a nice meal with lots of liquid refreshment and some entertainment to take your mind off business. Whichever, the Society of Shoe Fitters are delighted to be a part of it. Whether a ‘winner, loser or simply can’t be bothered’, the Awards highlight the various businesses and people that make our industry tick, so don’t waste a second, it is time to book your place at this very special evening.”

As a true industry event, Out on a Limb magazine has again extended its support to the intiative. Beverley Green-Out on a Limb Magazine-Group Sales Manager/Script Media Group said: “Out on a Limb is delighted and honoured to be supporting The Footwear Industry Awards once again.”

“It is not only a highly successful way of recognizing all that is good about our industry, it also offers invaluable networking opportunities in a social atmosphere. Good luck to all nominees and we look forward to meeting the winners at one of the most prestigious occasions in the footwear industry calendar.”
Tables of ten can be secured at a cost of £900 +VAT and individual places cost just £90 +VAT per seat booked.

These prices include:

  • A Champagne reception.
  • A sumptuous three – course meal with fine wine
  • Red and Black fundraiser in aid of Footwear Friends and North Yorkshire Air Ambulance
  • After-dinner Casino with fabulous prizes to be won
  • 23 award presentations for outstanding performance
  • Networking with peers, press, friends and colleagues

There will be lots more surprises on the night, to book tickets for the event, please call Sam Baughan on 01622 699162 to discuss your requirements. You can also email Sam at