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Date: June 24th, 2020 - June 26th, 2020

To celebrate 75 years of the Championship, and donating well over £ 500,000 to the Trade Charities, the event will be held at The Druids Glen Resort in County Wicklow, Ireland, in June on the 24th, 25th and 26th. The Resort, nestled in 360 acres of the County Wicklow countryside, yet only 30 minutes south […]

LEICESTER RACE DAY – 3rd April 2020

Date: April 3rd, 2020

Following the success of previous race day fundraising events in 2016 and 2018, Footwear Friends are delighted to offer limited places to an afternoon of racing at Leicester race course on Friday 3rd April 2020. A great occasion to socialise, whilst enjoying the thrill of racing.  An opportunity to network with other individuals from the […]

Footwear Friends Annual Awards Presentations 2019

Date: October 9th, 2019

This year’s Footwear Annual Awards presentations were held on the 9th October 2019 at The Crypt on the Green at Clerkenwell Green. The Awards recognise the extraordinary entrepreneurial talent emerging in the footwear trade. The winners in the various categories were: The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers Award for Innovation: Ottowin was awarded a £ 5,000 […]

International Golf Championship of the Shoe, Leather and Allied Trades – June 2019

Date: June 12th, 2019 - June 14th, 2019

The seventy-fourth International Golf Championship of the Shoe, Leather & Allied Trades was held at Carden Park in Cheshire from June 12th to 14th. The weather was atrocious with the event coinciding with the wettest June on record with access to both the course and hotel restricted by flooded roads. Play was impossible on both […]

Dr. Martens Staff and Friends Sale 2019

Date: April 27th, 2019

It’s amazing how quickly an activity can start to feel like a tradition. The Dr. Martens Staff and Friends Sale took place again on April 27th at the Dr. Martens Cobbs Lane site. The marquee went up the Friday before to reports of windy weather and storm clouds. The pallets of overs and end of […]

BFA 120th Anniversary and Northamptonshire Manufacturers’ Dinner

Date: March 28th, 2019

The British Footwear Association celebrated its 120th anniversary with a special shoe exhibition entitled “Northamptonshire Finest” on the 28th March 2019 . Master shoe-makers Church, Cheaney, Sanders & Sanders, Trickers, Loake, NPS, Crockett & Jones, Dr Martens, Barkers and Grenson all submitted shoes for the event which was described by the BFA Chairman Robert Perkins […]


Date: February 17th, 2019

This year’s Footwear Industry Awards took place on the 17th February 2019 at the Birmingham National Conference center. Organised by Datateam Business Media, publisher of Footwear Today magazine, the Awards have been specifically designed to celebrate the brands, retailers and professionals at the heart of the vibrant sector. Footwear Today editor Cheryl Taylor opened the […]

Footwear Industry Awards 2019

Date: February 17th, 2019

The Footwear Industry Awards, organised by Footwear Today, now in their eighth year will take place at the Birmingham National Conference Centre on Sunday, 17th February 2019. The event will hold a  “Black and Red” charity game and some of the proceeds from this will go to Footwear Friends. For more details on the Awards […]

Great North Run September 2018

Date: September 9th, 2018

Following a group warm up before the start with about 50,000 other runners, the gun went off at 10.40 am with the eventual race winner Sir Mo Farah leading the way. The start of the Great North Run follows the A167 out of Newcastle City Centre gently downhill and over the famous Tyne Bridge. It’s […]

International Golf Championship of the Shoe, Leather and Allied Trades – June 2018

Date: June 20th, 2018 - June 22nd, 2018

The 73rd International Golf Championship of the Shoe, Leather and Allied Trades was played over the Hillside and Southport over three days at the end of June. The sun shone throughout the three days but a challenging wind and the large number of bunkers made low scoring difficult with both courses presenting a real challenge […]