Monday, September 14, 2009

Shoe News: Footwear News Announces Italian Shoe Designer Awards Winners

Drumroll Please!

New York Fashion Week is in full swing, and we'll deliver our highlights and top picks very soon. Today, though, is all about Footwear News' "Stepping out in Italian Shoes" Popular Choice Awards. In April, the Italian Trade Commission and the Italian Footwear Manufacturers Association teamed with Footwear News to launch a microsite where visitors could vote for their favorite Italian shoe designers. (OF COURSE WE VOTED!) Fifty finalists in five categories were nominated by American footwear industry insiders. Last night, Jamie-Lynn Sigler announced the winners at a fabulous fete, complete with haute Hors d'oeuvres, decadent desserts and an assortment of amazing footwear donning attendees' feet. The winners (and our thoughts) are as follows:

Women's Designer: Claudia Ciuti
Women's Contemporary: Giorgio Fabiani

Men's Designer: Franceschetti

Men's Contemporary: Roberto Guerrini

Innnovative Design: Casadei

Our Thoughts: While we thing Ciuti's shoes are definitely cute, and Fabiani's designs are fine, but when you have other nominees like Gianmarco Lorenzi and Taccetti (who tend to have more eye-catching offerings), it's hard to agree with the selections. We do, however, totally agree with the Casadei nod (the Shoes & Booze team LOVES Casadei). Still we congratulate all nominees and winners.

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