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Best Children’s Footwear Collection | Junior Design Awards 2020

Don't go shoe shopping with the children until you find out which brands have won in this year's Junior Design Awards!

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JUNIOR DESIGN AWARDS 2020 PLATINUM WINNER: Best Children’s Footwear Collection

WHO: Young Soles London

WHAT: Luxury classic children’s shoes that evoke memories of childhoods past with a modern twist.

WHY: These shoes had our judges in raptures. Beautiful classic designs, unerring attention to detail and a feeling of robust quality were just a few of the observations that the judges felt lifted this brand to Platinum status. The introduction of a new vegan collection impressed the panel a great deal as did practical additions across the range such as Velcro buckles and more lightweight rubber soles. More than anything, the beauty, the comfort and the sheer joyful nostalgia of these shoes took them to the top of the leaderboard.

My go to brand for a vintage and smarter look.
Emma Paton, founder of @EmmaPaton and ex-Fashion Buyer
I love the traditional charm of these shoes. They scream quality, too.
Fatima Truscott, Fashion Stylist and writer @the_ft_times
They have done it again! A Platinum win for Young Soles - the brand that continues to prove shoes for children can be beautiful and practical!
Bonita Turner, Editor of Junior

WHERE: Young Soles London

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JUNIOR DESIGN AWARDS 2020 GOLD WINNER: Best Children’s Footwear Collection

WHO: Boxbo – Wistiti Star

WHAT: Contemporary rain boots made from natural rubber featuring a smiley cutout as a practical handle so children can easily pull them on, reflective eyes for visibility in the dark and reinforced toe and heel strips to protect again boisterous play.

WHY: Three words: SO. MUCH. FUN! This brand’s super contemporary and personality filled rubber rain boots had a hugely positive response from our judges who loved the short Wistiti ankle boots with cute animal inspired faces and the longer KERRAN style with cut-out smiley handle and reflective eyes equally. The panel particularly liked the colour palette and gorgeous contrasting reinforced toe and heel strips. A great re-interpretation of the classic welly and the perfect example of function meeting fun!

The cut out feature is brilliant - such a great idea!
Carly Stevens, Stylist and Blogger @carlyjstevens
Fun details for kids!
Emma Paton, founder of @EmmaPaton and ex-Fashion Buyer
Practical and stylish, win-win!
Sam Dean, Beauty Journalist and Brand Copywriter

WHERE: Boxbo

JUNIOR DESIGN AWARDS 2020 JOINT SILVER WINNER: Best Children’s Footwear Collection

WHO: BOBUX – (SS20 collection)

WHAT: The innovative footwear brand from New Zealand who specialise in designing shoes with foot health and contemporary style at the fore.

WHY: Our judges loved this family favourite brand and were nearly all familiar with Bobux’s incredible focus on foot health and development as well as their fun, cool and innovative designs. The Bobux Grasscourt trainer was deemed very cool and caged sandals, Tidal and Jump, really impressed the panel with their blend of comfort, practicality and style. The overall feeling was that these are shoes to play in and be proud of.

I love how Bobux has masterfully fused fashion with function for stylish shoes that are also good for tiny toes.
Carly Stevens, Founder of Style & Substance blog
Love Bobux! Design, colour and unisex an all round fantastic brand.
Emma Paton, founder of @EmmaPaton and ex-Fashion Buyer
Love and trust these shoes!
Sam Dean, Beauty Journalist and Brand Copywriter

WHERE: Bobux

JUNIOR DESIGN AWARDS 2020 JOINT SILVER WINNER: Best Children’s Footwear Collection

WHO: Sheepers

WHAT: Traditional handmade Sheepskin children’s slippers that come in bright colours with the option of matching  adult versions.

WHY: These zingy, bright, neon trimmed slippers had our judges cooing. The fluffy sheepskin trims, cute embroidery details and fur linings make these the most covetable and cosy slippers we’ve ever seen! Our panel were very keen on getting their hands on the adult size versions too!

These slippers look divine and so comfortable!
Carly Stevens, Stylist & Blogger
Bright, bohemian and super cute – who would ever want to take these off?
Bonita Turner, Editor of Junior

WHERE: Sheepers

JUNIOR DESIGN AWARDS 2020 BRONZE WINNER: Best Children’s Footwear Collection

WHO: Anchor & Fox

WHAT: An Australian children’s footwear brand with an emphasis on sustainability and innovation taking inspiration from the 50’s era with vintage tones and designs.

WHY: Our panel loved these super cute shoes with a retro vibe and felt that as well as being gorgeous to look at they were beautifully made with foot comfort in mind. The brogue detailed boots, super cute t-bars in the softest leather and vintage wellies (or gumboots as the Aussie’s call them!) were pure eye-candy and the kind of shoes the most stylish parents would love to dress their children in. Instagram deliciousness.

Just gorgeous! The kind of shoes that everyone will remark on when your kids are out and about.
Bonita Turner, Editor of Junior
I absolutely love these shoes! The leather is so soft and those pom-pom trim boots are just adorable. A brand to watch.
Ellie Crompton, Contributing Editor, Junior
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WHERE: Anchor & Fox