Footwear Plus Magazine Announces Plus Awards Winners

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The 12th annual industry accolades recognize shoe-design excellence in 19 distinguished categories.

“The Plus Awards are a celebration of the footwear industry’s talent, creativity and dedication to always improving on what is already design excellence,” Footwear Plus Publisher Caroline Diaco said.

Footwear Plus magazine has announced the winners of its 12th annual Plus Awards in recognition of design excellence for 2010. The Plus Awards are the footwear industry’s only awards as determined by the votes of thousands of retailers nationwide.

Winners reflect the breadth of the industry, stretching from “Athletic Performance” to “Pre-Walkers.” The 2010 Plus Awards included the first ever tie: Deckers Outdoor and Skechers in the prestigious “Company of the Year” category. Another Plus Awards first: Wolverine’s unprecedented 11-year ran in the “Work” category ended with Rocky taking home the honors. But another streak is remains alive and well: Dansko won the Women’s Comfort” category for the 5th straight year.

Other 2010 winners include: Ugg Australia, Nike, New Balance, Earth, Sorel, Livie & Luca, Jessica Simpson, Cole Haan, Primigi, Charles Jourdan, Hunter and Sperry Top-Sider. In addition, Timberland took home the “Green” category, a special award for eco-friendly design presented by LITE Leather.

Clarks is the winner of the coveted “Brand of the Year” Plus Award as well as the “Men’s Comfort” winner. Vibram FiveFingers’ KSO natural motion shoe (the style that fits the foot like a glove—literally) took home the “Item of the Year” award.

“Congratulations to all of our Plus Award winners and nominees,” said Greg Dutter, Editorial Director of Footwear Plus. “This year revealed a few surprises, but great design is always the determining factor.”

“The Plus Awards are a celebration of the footwear industry’s talent, creativity and dedication to always improving on what is already design excellence,” Footwear Plus Publisher Caroline Diaco said. “Please join us in tipping our hat to all the winners.”

The Plus Awards are co-sponsored by ISA Tan-Tec, makers of the low environmental impact-produced LITE Leather.

Footwear Plus, from the custom publishing division of 9Threads, is a leading business-to-business fashion magazine. Now in its 21st year, the publication is the industry's go-to authority on all trends related to the business of footwear.

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