“The Plus Awards acknowledge the footwear industry’s outstanding creative talents, and the opportunity to bring all the winners together in New York made it even more special,” Footwear Plus Publisher Caroline Diaco said.
(PRWEB) February 10, 2012
Footwear Plus magazine has announced the winners of its 13th annual Plus Awards in recognition of design and retailing excellence for 2011. The Plus Awards are the footwear industry’s only awards as determined by the votes of thousands of industry members nationwide.
Winners reflect the breadth of the industry, stretching from categories like “Running” to “Pre-Walkers.” The 2011 Plus Awards included the first-ever “Launch of the Year,” “Best in Customer Service” and “Corporate Goodwill” categories. The winners were Earthies, Clarks Companies N.A. and Dansko, respectively. In addition, Plus Awards for Excellence in Retailing were introduced in four esteemed categories: “Customer Experience,” “Online,” “National Chain” and “Designer Boutique.” The winners were Harry’s Shoes of New York, Zappos, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, respectively.
The coveted “Company of the Year” Plus Award went to Wolverine Worldwide—one of an unprecedented four Plus Awards the company took home in 2011. Its subsidiaries Merrell (“Outdoor”), Wolverine 1000 Mile (“Men’s Street”) and Wolverine (“Work”) were the other winners.
Other companies honored at the official Plus Awards presentation held during the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) show in New York included Dansko, winning its sixth consecutive Plus Award in the “Women’s Comfort” category, and Ugg Australia taking home its fifth straight award in the “Boots” category. Ugg Australia also took home the prestigious “Brand of the Year” honors, which it has won in five out of the past six years for the division of Deckers Outdoor.
Other 2011 Plus Award winners were: New Balance, Adidas, Hunter, Pediped, Cole Haan, Crocs, Minnetonka, L.A.M.B. and FitFlop.
“Congratulations to all Plus Award winners,” said Greg Dutter, Editorial Director of Footwear Plus. “Despite what continues to be a very discerning consumer amid a difficult economy, the companies represented here delivered innovative designs and enticing retail formats to propel our industry forward.”
“The Plus Awards acknowledge the footwear industry’s outstanding creative talents, and the opportunity to bring all the winners together in New York made it even more special,” Footwear Plus Publisher Caroline Diaco said. “Congratulations on a job well done.”
The Plus Awards are co-sponsored by FFANY.
For more than 22 years, Footwear Plus has been the leading business-to-business fashion magazine covering the footwear industry.