Footwear heavyweights including Adidas, Clarks and Schuh have joined the judging panel for the 2017 Drapers Footwear Awards.
New judges include Adidas sales director Phil Benton, Skechers managing director Peter Youell and Clarks sales manager Victoria Frayne.
They will join Schuh managing director Colin Temple and Soletrader buying controller Derrick Hoyle on the panel.
Entries for the awards, which recognise the best of the best in the sector across the UK and Ireland, are now open.
New categories for 2017 include Footwear Buyer of the Year, Footwear Store/Concession Manager of the Year and Student Footwear Designer of the Year. Branded categories will be nominated.
The awards ceremony will take place on 17 May 2017 at Grosvenor House in London.