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Dune and Pavers win top prizes at Drapers Footwear Awards

Footwear chain Dune and Pavers founder Catherine Paver were the big winners at the Drapers Footwear Awards, held this week in association with Gore-Tex.

Dune scooped Footwear Multiple of the Year and Footwear Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Ecco, while Paver took home the Footwear Industry Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her work as founder of footwear multiple Pavers.

The Best New Store Award, sponsored by Pentland Brands, went to Birmingham's Totally Phat, which opened in October and is the UK's highest-volume retailer of Heelys footwear.

Marks & Spencer picked up the Comfort Footwear Retailer of the Year Award, sponsored by Josef Seibel, while took the Etailer of the Year prize.

The Golden Boot in Maidstone, Kent, won the Family Footwear Retailer Award, sponsored by Clarks, for the second time.

The Award for Kids' Footwear Retailer, sponsored by Start-rite, went to London-based children's premium footwear chain One Small Step One Giant Leap.

Oliver Sweeney was named Men's Footwear Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Ikon.

Sales Assistant of the Year, sponsored by Footwear Today and the Independent Footwear Retailers' Association, went to Angela Shier of Arnotts in Dublin.

Priceless was Value Footwear Retailer of the Year and London's Bullfrogs took the Young Fashion Footwear Retailer of the Year Award, sponsored by K-Swiss.

High street young fashion chain New Look scooped the Women's Footwear Retailer of the Year Award, sponsored by Rieker, while Crocs was named Footwear Brand of the Year.

The Student Accessories Designer of the Year was Laura Queening of the London College of Fashion. Alexandra Hamilton from Cordwainers at the London College of Fashion was highly commended.

The London College of Fashion's Sarah-Jane Hedges won Student Footwear Designer of the Year, sponsored by The Shoe Studio, while Sabrina Stanley from the University of Northampton was highly commended.

More than 600 guests from the industry attended the event on Wednesday night, held at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

- See the Winners' Brochure with this issue for more on the Awards.

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