Sunday, December 18, 2016 - The Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, will hand out the 'The Crazy Shoe Award 2017' in Vienna on April 27th. Europe sure needs more crazy shoes, so you (when based in Europe) are invited to join the competition and send in your registration form until February 13 2017. The ‘Crazy Shoe’ must be received by March 16 2017.
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2017
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2017

Award for the Crazy Shoe 2017 Vienna: conditions for participation:

Organizer
Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria.

Purpose and goal
The creativity and skill of the profession is to be demonstrated in order to draw attention to the international proficiency of the craft of shoemaking.

Participants
All establishments’ shoemakers, shoe designers, shoe manufacturers from Europe.

Authorizing the participation of the piece
The shoe design must be wearable (women size 35-41, men’s size 39-47) and must be made by the participant.

Number of competition entries
Each participant may only submit one pair of 'Crazy Shoes'.

Registration
The registration form must be received until February 13 2017 (at Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna).

Participation costs
None.

Accommodation and travel costs for the finalists, as well as additional costs of any other persons attending the shoemaker's ball in 2015 are to be paid by the participants.

Submission of the 'Crazy Shoe'
The 'Crazy Shoe' must be received by March 16 2017 (at Vienna State Guild of shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna) with a description of the 'Crazy Shoe' (idea description, materials used, labor intensity) with photos of the working steps (jpg file). The images are shown at the ceremony in a digital photo frame. Late arrivals will not come in the standings and will be returned.

Evaluation, selection and jury
The 1st Evaluation of the submissions will be carried out in March 2017 by a panel of experts and laymen, and in the presence of a lawyer. The evaluation and selection of shoes by the Jury is based on a point system. The top 15 pairs of shoes go on to the final round on April 27 as part of the ceremony, in the Studio 44. The final round will be conducted by a panel of experts and prominent figures from politics and art, and in the presence of a lawyer. The selection of shoes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will be made on a point system. The Jury's decision is final. Jury members may not participate in the contest.

Notification of the nominated participant
The participant will be notified March 22 2017 by email, that he/she is among the 15 nominated participants. The nominated participant must report to us via email or phone his commitment or his cancellation no later than March 29 2017. If the deadline expires, the next highest participant is re-nominated.

Presence of the participant
The nominated participant must be present for the final round on April 27th 2017 or send a representative. If the nominee or his representative is not present, the Crazy Shoe is removed from the competition!

Presentation of participation piece
The nominated participant must demonstrate his shoe at the finals on April 27th 2017 himself or he has to bring a person to demonstrate the shoes.
The practice will take place before the ceremony, the participants will be informed on March 2017 about the beginning of the practice.

Prizes
As part of the ceremony, on April 27 2017 in the Studio 44 the top three pairs of shoes will be awarded with a winning trophy, certificates and a prize.
1. Prize in worth of € 1.500,-
2. Prize in worth of € 750,-
3. Prize in worth of € 350,-

More information
Submissions received that do not come in the finals will be sent back after the ceremony by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers. The transport costs will be covered by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers.

The 15 best shoes are presented a year in Vienna Shoe Museum, 1080 Vienna, Florianigasse 66, and will be sent back in end-April 2017 by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers. The transport costs will be covered by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers. The 15 best shoes contestants will receive an honourable invite from the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers (valid for 2 people) for the ceremony, on April 27, 2017 in the Studio 44. Accommodation and travel costs for the finalists, as well as additional costs are to be paid by the participants. Please indicate on the registration form if you come alone or with an extra person.

The program
Saturday April 27 2017
Ceremony 'Award for the Crazy Shoe 2017 Vienna'

Download your registration form.

The winners 2016 are 1 Jennifer Cavanaugh, 2 Günter Näumayr, 3 Stefan Haitzer, Daniel Scheidl and Simon Watzinger.

Photo shoes 'Ich steh am Wörthersee' by Günter Näumayr.
© fotoweinwurm

Friday, January 09, 2015 - The Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, will hand out the 'The Crazy Shoe Award 2015' in Vienna on April 25 as part of the Viennese Shoemaker’s Ball 2015. Europe sure needs more crazy shoes, so you (when based in Europe) are invited to join the competition and send in your registration form until February 3 2015. The ‘Crazy Shoe’ must be received by March 31 2015.
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2015
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2015

Award for the Crazy Shoe 2015 Vienna: conditions for participation:
Organizer
Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria.

Purpose and goal
The creativity and skill of the profession is to be demonstrated in order to draw attention to the international proficiency of the craft of shoemaking.

Participants
All establishments’ shoemakers, shoe designers, shoe manufacturers from Europe.

Authorizing the participation of the piece
The shoe design must be wearable (women size 35 – 41, men’s size 39 - 47) and must be made by the participant.

Number of competition entries
Each participant may only submit one pair of 'Crazy Shoes'.

Registration
The registration form must be received until February 3, 2015 (at Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna).

Participation costs
None.

Accommodation and travel costs for the finalists, as well as additional costs of any other persons attending the shoemaker's ball in 2015 are to be paid by the participants.

Submission of the ‘Crazy Shoe’
The ‘Crazy Shoe’ must be received by March 31 2015 (at Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria) with a description of the ‘Crazy Shoe’ (idea description, materials used, labor intensity) and, if possible, with photos of the working steps. (jpg file, please save the photos on a USB stick, if possible). The images are shown at the Vienna Shoemaker’s Ball 2015 in a digital photo frame for the visitors vote. Late arrivals will not come in the standings and will be returned.

Evaluation, selection and jury
The first evaluation of the submissions will be carried out on April 7 2015 by a panel of experts and laymen, and in the presence of a lawyer. The evaluation and selection of shoes by the Jury is based on a point system. The top 15 pairs of shoes go on to the final round on April 25, 2015 as part of the Shoemaker's Ball 2015, in the Colosseum XXI. The final round will be conducted by the visitors and a panel of experts and prominent figures from politics and art, and in the presence of a lawyer. The selection of shoes for the 1st, 2nd and 3 places will be made by the visitor votes and the jury votes on a point system.
The Jury's decision is final. Jury members may not participate in the contest.

Notification of the nominated participant
The participant will be notified on April 8 2015 by e-mail, that she/he is among the 15 nominated participants. The nominated participant must report to us via e-mail or phone his commitment or his cancellation no later than April 13 2015. If the deadline expires, the next highest participant is re-nominated.

Presence of the participant
The nominated participant must be present for the final round on April 25, 2015 or send a representative. If the nominee or her/his representative is not present, the Crazy Shoe will be removed from the competition.

Presentation of participation piece
The nominated participant must demonstrate his shoe at the finals on April 25 2015 her/himself or she/he has to bring a person to demonstrate the shoes. The practice is at 17:00, the final round begins at 24:00 on April 25 2015 in the Colosseum XXI.

Prizes
As part of the Shoemaker's Ball 2015, on April 25 2014 in the Colosseum XXI the top three pairs of shoes will be awarded with a winning trophy, certificates and a prize.
1. Prize in worth of € 1.500,-
2. Prize in worth of € 750,-
3. Prize in worth of € 350,-

More information
Submissions received that do not come in the finals will be sent back by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers. The transport costs will be covered by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers.

The 15 best shoes are presented a year in Vienna Shoe Museum, 1080 Vienna, Florianigasse 66, and we will be sent back in end-April 2016 by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers. The transport costs will be covered by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers.

The 15 best shoes contestants will receive an honourable invite from the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers (valid for 2 people) for the Shoemaker's Ball on April 25 2014 (recommended arrival on Friday April 24/departure on Sunday April 26 2015). Accommodation and travel costs for the finalists, as well as additional costs of other persons attending the Shoemaker's Ball 2015 are to be paid by the participants. Please indicate on the registration form how many people you will attend.

The program:
Friday April 24 2015
• Meeting point by at 15.00 clock in the reception of the commercial building, Rudolf-Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria.
• Tour of the Vienna Shoe Museum with a champagne reception and refreshments and possibly a press conference.
• Heuriger evening (dinner at a Viennese restaurant in wine country).

Saturday April 25 2015
• Shoemaker's Ball 2015 in Vienna in the Colosseum XXI, Wien 21, Sebastian-Kohl-G. 3-9/21.

Download your registration form here

Photo: Audrey, Carnivore shoe by Lisa Brumbauer, winner of the Crazy Shoe Award 2014.

Thursday, January 09, 2014 - Clarks innovates during the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 in Amsterdam, held from January 17 till 27, with the first fashion catwalk shoes show. To support new design talents Clarks challenged different designers from the Dutch Shoe Academy in Utrecht to participate in this shoe contest for this special event.
Clarks Shoe Design Award 2014
Clarks Shoe Design Award 2014

10 nominated designers have designed a private collection of three pairs of shoes (women/men), in which his/her personal style and identity as a designer are clearly visible. And a pair of shoes, based on the 'Bombay Lights' pump from Clarks. These unique designs are presented for the first time on Saturday, January 25th, during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Amsterdam.

The participating designers:
Amber Ambrose Aurèle - Deniz Terli - Dora Kloppenburg - Titia Keuning - Janine van den Bosch - Kina Helm - Laura de Weijer - Lieke de Koning - Milou Hillegers & Leonie Huinink, Kumar Autar & Doresito

The jury (Carlo Wijnands/Programme Director Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam, Geraldien Prud'homme/editor in chief Schoenvisie, Liza Snook/owner Virtual Shoe Museum and Judith van Kaathoven/marketingmanager Clarks) will select the winner and at the end of the show style icon and shoe lover Victoria Koblenko will announce the winner of the Clarks Shoe Design Award 2014.

The Clarks Shoe Design Award winner gets:
Clarks money price € 1000,-
Dutch Shoe Academy education to the value of € 3500,-
Designer ebike by smart to the value of € 2949,-

The Clarks Shoe Design public Award winner (most likes on Facebook) gets:
Workshop free of choice to the value of € 750,-
You can view the wonderful shoe selection here and vote for your favourite shoe.

The catwalk models will be dressed by the leg and bodywear brand Oroblu.

CLARKS FASHION CATWALK SHOES SHOW
Date: Saturday 25 januari 2014
Location: Westergasfabriek, Gashouder, Amsterdam
Time 14:00
Start show 14:15

Dutch Shoe Academy
The Dutch Shoe Academy is the center of expertise for leather and shoes for both the Netherlands and its neighboring countries. This is the place in the Netherlands where you can learn in full width. The trade of shoemaker and saddler the Dutch Shoe Academy has a long history of training in the field of footwear and leather processing technology.

The strength of the Dutch Shoe Academy is the high-level knowledge of shoe technology, leather processing, shoe fit and design.

In the Dutch Shoe Academy you will learn everything about shoes and leather: traditional and innovative techniques for designing, making and repairing shoes, leather goods and saddles, knowledge of anatomy, fit and various core brands of audiences and markets.

Friday, October 18, 2013 - This week at the Dutch Design Week 19-27 October in Eindhoven, SLEM will present 'Watch our Steps #2', the second edition of its spectacular annual exhibition of the best footwear graduation works from academies around the world. After the great success of last year’s first edition, even more schools have decided to participate. Among the newcomers are big names such as Fashion Institute of Technology from New York, Bezalel Academy of Art & Design from Jerusalem and Domus Academy from Milan.
‘Watch our Steps’ at the Dutch Design Week
‘Watch our Steps’ at the Dutch Design Week

Two locations
We would not do the designers and their wonderful works any justice if we would try to squeeze them all into our booth at Dutch Design Week for just one week, which is why we decided to select one shoe of each designer to present in Eindhoven, while the major part of the exhibition will be shown in our own inspiring SLEM building in Waalwijk until at least mid November.

Courses
At Dutch Design Week SLEM will present its new range of courses that are suitable for both students and professionals who want to further their knowledge of footwear, including the latest techniques. For instance, SLEM will offer a course in 3D design for footwear using Rhino, taught by experts from 3D Portal. To celebrate this continued collaboration, 3D portal will scan designs from 'Watch our Steps #2' and print 3D miniatures of them, live in our booth in Hall 3 of the Klokgebouw in Eindhoven.

Global Footwear Design Award
As part of “Watch our Steps #2” we will also present the second edition of the Global Footwear Design Award. The verdict of an expert jury - consisting of footwear professionals such as designer Charles Bergmans and owner of the Virtual Shoe Museum Liza Snook – and the public votes at both locations of the expo will determine who designed the best graduation collection of 2013. Instead of money, the winner receives support and advice from SLEM’s huge professional network, to help kick start their career.

We are happy to announce that SLEM was able to help last year’s winner Aku Bäckström to a job in Shanghai, to design the concept for a new unique men’s footwear brand and Roderick Pieters, who received a special mention, is setting up an international training program together with SLEM!

Award & Graduation Night
The Award Night will take place on October 25th at SLEM in Waalwijk, between 19:30-22:00 and will be hosted by the head of the expert jury: Victoria Koblenko, actress and shoe fanatic. That evening she will also hand out the diplomas to the first graduates of SLEM’s fulltime international master class, which will have it's second edition in 2014. On the 25th there will be a shuttle bus leaving at 18:00 from Dutch Design Week to SLEM Waalwijk. Admission to the Award Night and the shuttle bus are free, but we do require visitors to register in advance at office@slem.nl, since we have limited space and participants of 'Watch our Steps #2' are served first.

Locations:
SLEM Waalwijk (untill November 17th 2013)
Raadhuisplein 1-2, 5141 JT Waalwijk

Dutch Design Week (19-27 October 2013)
Hall 3, Klokgebouw/Strijp-S, Eindhoven

Photo: Emotions by Kazunori Okada, from the Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry, Japan.

Friday, October 18, 2013 - This week we will be counting down to the start of Dutch Design Week 19-27 October in Eindhoven, where SLEM will present 'Watch our Steps #2': the next generation of shoe designers. SLEM is proud to present 'Watch our Steps #2', the second edition of its spectacular annual exhibition of the best footwear graduation works from academies around the world. After the great success of last year’s first edition, even more schools have decided to participate. Among the newcomers are big names such as Fashion Institute of Technology from New York, Bezalel Academy of Art & Design from Jerusalem and Domus Academy from Milan.
Countdown to ‘Watch our Steps’ at the Dutch Design Week, 1 day to go!
Countdown to ‘Watch our Steps’ at the Dutch Design Week, 1 day to go!

One of the graduates is Matthias Winkler. When he entered the Manolo Blanhik competition for Royal College of Art students in London, he found inspiration in the rich artisan practice of eighteenth-century Russia. Paired with his AW14 Inuit boot, Winkler's designs will make a powerful, lasting impression at SLEM's "Watch our Steps #2" exhibition. Be sure to visit them tomorrow at the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, as well as their enormous selection at their headquarters in Waalwijk.

Two locations
We would not do the designers and their wonderful works any justice if we would try to squeeze them all into our booth at Dutch Design Week for just one week, which is why we decided to select one shoe of each designer to present in Eindhoven, while the major part of the exhibition will be shown in our own inspiring SLEM building in Waalwijk until at least mid November.

Courses
At Dutch Design Week SLEM will present its new range of courses that are suitable for both students and professionals who want to further their knowledge of footwear, including the latest techniques. For instance, SLEM will offer a course in 3D design for footwear using Rhino, taught by experts from 3D Portal. To celebrate this continued collaboration, 3D portal will scan designs from 'Watch our Steps #2' and print 3D miniatures of them, live in our booth in Hall 3 of the Klokgebouw in Eindhoven.

Global Footwear Design Award
As part of “Watch our Steps #2” we will also present the second edition of the Global Footwear Design Award. The verdict of an expert jury - consisting of footwear professionals such as designer Charles Bergmans and owner of the Virtual Shoe Museum Liza Snook – and the public votes at both locations of the expo will determine who designed the best graduation collection of 2013. Instead of money, the winner receives support and advice from SLEM’s huge professional network, to help kick start their career.

We are happy to announce that SLEM was able to help last year’s winner Aku Bäckström to a job in Shanghai, to design the concept for a new unique men’s footwear brand and Roderick Pieters, who received a special mention, is setting up an international training program together with SLEM!

Award & Graduation Night
The Award Night will take place on October 25th at SLEM in Waalwijk, between 19:30-22:00 and will be hosted by the head of the expert jury: Victoria Koblenko, actress and shoe fanatic. That evening she will also hand out the diplomas to the first graduates of SLEM’s fulltime international master class, which will have it's second edition in 2014. On the 25th there will be a shuttle bus leaving at 18:00 from Dutch Design Week to SLEM Waalwijk. Admission to the Award Night and the shuttle bus are free, but we do require visitors to register in advance at office@slem.nl, since we have limited space and participants of 'Watch our Steps #2' are served first.

Locations:
SLEM Waalwijk (untill November 17th 2013)
Raadhuisplein 1-2, 5141JT Waalwijk

Dutch Design Week (19-27 October 2013)
Hall 3, Klokgebouw/Strijp-S, Eindhoven

Photo: Matthew Winkler's shoe for RCA Manolo Blanhik.

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