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Drapers Footwear Award winners named

Schuh, The Natural Shoe Store and River Island were the top prize winners at the Drapers Footwear Awards 2008 held in London last night, each landing two trophies each.

High street multiple Schuh triumphed in both the Footwear Etailer and Multiple Footwear retailer categories and also scored a highly commended prize in the Young Fashion category, which was won by Footasylum.

River Island scooped the top prize for Best Footwear Offer in a Fashion Multiple, a new category for 2008, and its former senior buyer for men’s footwear Peter Tainton was crowned with the top award for the evening The Drapers Footwear Lifetime Achievement Award.

London mini-chain The Natural Shoe Store won best Comfort Footwear Retailer and was also named the best overall Independent Footwear Retailer.

The prize-giving ceremony, which recognises independent and multiple footwear retailers in the UK and Republic of Ireland, was held at the London Hilton, Park Lane and attended by more than 600 guests from the industry. It was hosted by comedian Jason Manford.

See today’s Drapers for a copy of the Winners’ Brochure. Pictures from the event and more information will be published at soon.

The Drapers Footwear Awards are held in associate with Gore. A full list of winners follows:
Best New Store (Independent)
Sponsored by Pentland
Suropody, Trentham Retail Village, Staffordshire

Comfort Footwear Retailer (Independent)
Sponsored by Josef Seibel
The Natural Shoe Store

Family Footwear Retailer (Independent)
Sponsored by Clarks
The Golden Boot, Maidstone, Kent

Kids’ Footwear Retailer (Independent)
Sponsored by Start-rite
The Red Shoes

Men’s Footwear Retailer
Sponsored by Drapers
Lloyd Shoe Company for Topman, Oxford Circus, London

Women’s Footwear Retailer
Sponsored by Rieker
Spice London, Regents Park, London

Best Footwear offer in a Fashion Multiple
Sponsored by World Retail Congress
River Island

Footwear Etailer of the Year
Sponsored by Retail Week

Value Footwear Retailer
Sponsored by Footwear Today

Young Fashion Retailer
Sponsored by Drapers

Ethical Footwear Retailer
Sponsored by Timberland
Terra Plana

Footwear Brand of the Year
Sponsored by AMG footwear

Trendsetting Brand of the Year
Sponsored by WGSN
Chie Mihara

Student Accessories Designer of the Year
Sponsored by Pure
Mari Larsson, London College of Fashion, Cordwainers

Student Footwear Designer of the Year
Sponsored by The Shoe Studio
Sophie Cox
London College of Fashion

Multiple Footwear Retailer
Sponsored by Skechers

Independent Footwear Retailer
Sponsored by CAT
The Natural Shoe Store

Drapers Footwear Lifetime Achievement Award
Peter Tainton

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