Season for prize winning is upon u s and Footwear Plus magazine announced the winners of its 10th annual Plus Awards in recognition of design excellence for 2008. The 2008 Plus Awards are the footwear industry’s only awards as determined by the votes of thousands of retailers nationwide. The winners reflect the breadth of the industry, stretching from “Luxury Comfort” to “Athletic Lifestyle.” The 2008 Plus Awards included three new categories: Pediped Footwear took home the first-ever prize for “Pre-Walkers,” while Hunter Boots was named top brand in the premiere “Rain Boots” pool and; Terrasoles received honours in the new “Outdoor Lifestyle” segment. Other 2008 winners included: Nike, New Balance, Earth, Ed Hardy, Me Too, Merrell, Stride Rite, Coach, Kenneth Cole, Clarks, Dansko, Vans and Simple, which was rewarded for the second straight year in the “Green” category, a special award for eco-friendly design was presented by LITE Leather.
Ugg Australia was the winner of the coveted “Brand of the Year” Plus Award for the second year in a row as well as No. 1 in the “Boots” category. Skechers took home the prestigious “Company of the Year” award; and Wolverine came in first in the “Work” segment—a category it has taken each year since the Plus Awards began.
The 2008 Plus Awards winners will be fêted at an exclusive industry engagement on Feb. 4 at the Ava Lounge in New York.