The annual footwear awards by Drapers magazine are out, honoring the best in the U.K shoe market. This year's lifetime achievement award went to Terry de Havilland, who has 50 years in the industry under his belt. He started in 1960 at his father's footwear firm, and in 1972 he opened Cobblers to the World on King's Road in London. This company went under in the early 1980s, but De Havilland tried again with Kamikaze Shoes. It lasted until 1989, to be followed by Magic Shoe Company, which specialized in alternative street styles. In 2003, De Havilland launched his own eponymous brand of footwear. Other winners for 2010 are listed below.

 

- Independent Retailer: Pam Jenkins of Edinburgh.

- Multiple Retailer of the Year: Schuh.

- Best Footwear Offer in a Fashion Multiple: River Island.

- Best New Store: Cloggs of Birmingham.

- Comfort Footwear Retailer: Footwise of Guildford.

- Family Footwear Retailer: The Golden Boot of Maidstone.

- Buyer of the Year: Helen Povey from Office. She joined Office from Qube, which is now defunct. She is the women's branded footwear buyer there.

- Brand of the Year: UGG Australia. This brand has been distributed in the U.K. by AMG, but this autumn will be the last collection sold in that manner. Deckers Outdoor Corporation, the brand's parent company, is opening its own U.K. office.

- Etailer of the Year: www.Schuh.co.uk. The company relaunched its site last October. It now gets about 55,000 hits per day and has a database of more than 400,000 customers. The more than 90 brands can be viewed from 360 degrees.

- Kids' Footwear Retailer of the Year: Donaghys of Banbridge.

- Store Manager of the Year: Joy Davies, manager of Shoe Zone in Rhyl.