Clarks return to GFW19 as the official sponsor of the Clarks Footwear Award, and the prize this year is incredible.

Iconic footwear brand Clarks is back for Graduate Fashion Week 2019, sponsoring the Clarks Footwear Award! They’re looking for creativity, innovation and boundary pushing design thinking in a competition that’s open to students from all disciplines in their final year at a GFF member university.

The five finalists selected by Clarks will be invited to the Graduate Fashion Week Gala Awards Show, where one person will be awarded with £5000, and their university will receive £1000. Designs can be for a men’s, women’s or children’s shoe within the category of dress, casual or sports. The final design must focus equally on comfort as well as design, and will be prototyped during a six week placement awarded to the winning graduate!

The six week placement at the Clarks headquarters is an amazing opportunity to experience the inner workings of the most established and reputable footwear companies in the UK. With over 190 years of expertise, Clarks understand the importance of innovation and are true industry pioneers, having shaped the casual footwear industry since 1825. With 3D printing, last making and prototype making facilities, it’s a budding footwear designer’s dream placement!

To learn more about the award’s previous winners, Megan Davies and Charles Mein, read their stories below.

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