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FROM THE EDITOR


Footwear Industry Awards 23rd February 2020 Don’t forget to book your tickets!


T


he Footwear Industry Awards will be held on the first night of the Moda Footwear Show, Sunday 23rd February 2020 at the National Conference


Centre at Birmingham NEC. It promises to be an exciting evening, so put the date in your diaries and let Sue Wiseman at Footwear Today know your ticketing requirements for this glamorous event!


Early bird tickets are available priced from £104.+ VAT for individual


places. Tables of ten can be secured at a cost of £1040 + VAT. The price includes cocktail reception, a sumptuous three-course meal with fine wines, laughs with guest host and after dinner entertainment, plus a Red & Black Charity Fundraiser and 24 award presentations. There will be some fabulous prizes to win on the night, so please contact Sue Wiseman at: swiseman@datateam.co.uk or visit www/footwearindustryawards.com/event- tickets to reserve your places


The Shop Front of the Year category returns for a seventh year, it


celebrates the creative efforts of independent retailers who design and organise the perfect window display with top a prize of £1,500 worth of holiday vouchers for the winner, it is well worth entering, no matter how large or small your shop! The deadline for Shop Front entries is January 10th 2020, so you still have time!


I hope that you will consider entering your shop for this exciting award.


Don’t hesitate to contact me, if you want to know more or check that all your entries have been received. I’m always delighted to hear from our readers. To enter, retailers need to email one or more high-resolution images of their window displays from the past twelve months to cheryltayloreditor@googlemail.com or swiseman@datateam.co.uk or download directly to https://footwearindustryawards.com/enter/


My best wishes to all our readers for a very happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.


Kind regards, Cheryl


Cheryl Taylor, Editor, Footwear Today Magazine, Tel. 01622 862962 Mobile 07518 346996 Email: cheryltayloreditor@googlemail.com


EDITOR Cheryl Taylor: cheryltayloreditor@googlemail.com FASHION LAWYER Stephen Sidkin FEATURE WRITERS Henry Harington • Dawn Smith •David Gummers • Vicky Kember • Joe Maggio • Helen Rowland • JOURNAL MANAGER Sue Wiseman: 01622 699185 swiseman@datateam.co.uk DESIGNER Steve Parks CIRCULATION Curwood CMS Ltd, datateam@c-cms.com Tel: 01580 883844 Fax: 01580 883849 PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Paul Ryder: pryder@datateam.co.uk DIVISIONAL MANAGER Carl Hearnden: chearnden@datateam.co.uk REPRESENTATIVE IN INDIA A S Gianni (M.Com., LL.B): (Direct): +91 98390 35458 as_gianni@yahoo.co.in


Footwear Friends, BFA and Society of Shoe Fitters all support Footwear Today as a valuable forum for the footwear industry, helping to promote trade and keeping retailers informed about the latest products and developments.


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AWARDS NEWS NEWS FOOTWEAR FOCUS - PETER KAISER SOLE FASHION PREVIEW GRS SPOTLIGHT FEATURE WHY I BUY - DB SHOES EXPO RIVA SCHUH PREVIEW HARROGATE FASHION WEEK PREVIEW EDITOR’S CHOICE - CHILDREN’S FOOTWEAR BEST SELLERS RETAILER OF THE MONTH


 FRONT COVER: CLARKS DECEMBER 2019 For nearly 200 years, Clarks has been


synonymous with crafting stylish shoes. To help them celebrate their authentic roots and exciting future, they’ve enlisted award-winning actor, and Clarks fan, Alex Skarsgård.


www.clarks.co.uk Awards News • Industry News • Footwear Focus Road Test – Peter Kaiser • Sole Fashion Preview


GRS Spotlight • Why I Buy – DB Shoes • Expo Riva Schuh Preview • Harrogate Fashion Week Preview Editor’s Choice: Children’s Footwear • Best Sellers • Retailer of the Month – Zap & Toes


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Inside this issue:   www.footweartoday.co.uk





Published by: Datateam Business Media Ltd, London Road, Maidstone, Kent ME16 8LY. Tel: 01622 687031 Fax: 01622 757646 email: footwear@datateam.co.uk website: www.datateam.co.uk Subscription Prices 2017 Footwear Today Magazine Number of editions per year: 9 ISSN: 1475-8601 UK: £62 Overseas: £117


The Publishers cannot accept responsibility for any discrepancies either in copy or between products and/or services listed. Nor can they be responsible for illustrations and/or copy for products which lead to infringement of copyright.


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