Shoes are more than a passion for Laura

Bicester Advertiser: Laura Giles Laura Giles

For many young women, a love of shoes never moves beyond being a guilty pleasure.

But one 22-year-old from Bicester is blazing a career in her favourite item of clothing.

Former Bicester Community College pupil Laura Giles last week won a prestigious national award – Student Shoe Designer of the Year 2012.

The award is presented to just one student in footwear across the country.

Miss Giles said: “It feels amazing to have won – this is such a big award within the industry.

“We designed a range of footwear for the Marks & Spencer Limited Collection and were then judged on our work by a panel of experts.”

The Drapers Footwear and Accessories Awards are attended by the biggest shoe companies and designers in the country.

This year’s event was hosted at the Grosvenor Hotel in London last Thursday.

Miss Giles said: “Footwear is something I’ve wanted to design since I did my GCSEs and I first came across a shoe design, and thought ‘this is brilliant, this is something I really want to do’.

“So I went and did a foundation course in art and design at Oxford and Cherwell Valley College and that was that really.”

Miss Giles is currently a student in footwear design at De Montford University in Leicester.

Last night, her dad Richard said: “We are very proud of her and what she has achieved.

“It’s a bit like the Oscars of the shoe world.

“At the awards ceremony, they said this was the most important award of the evening as it signalled the future of the industry.”

Judges included the managing director of Cloggs and the managing director of the British Footwear Association.

They said they were looking for “creativity, but an understanding of manufacturing, pricing and the target customer”.

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8:04am Wed 9 May 12

Dilligaf2010 says...

You actually have to go to college & university to be qualified to design a shoe?
You actually have to go to college & university to be qualified to design a shoe? Dilligaf2010

8:32am Wed 9 May 12

Major Oxford says...

jealous?
jealous? Major Oxford

8:57am Wed 9 May 12

Dilligaf2010 says...

Major Oxford wrote:
jealous?
Not in the slightest.
[quote][p][bold]Major Oxford[/bold] wrote: jealous?[/p][/quote]Not in the slightest. Dilligaf2010

9:03am Wed 9 May 12

hagar1 says...

@DILLIGAF - in an industry worth billions do you not think there might be some design involved? Once again a successful young BRITISH designer is denigrated by the ignorant. Congratulations Laura - from the look of your shoe your award is well deserved. I look forward to ladies wearing a pair of 'Giles' in the future!
@DILLIGAF - in an industry worth billions do you not think there might be some design involved? Once again a successful young BRITISH designer is denigrated by the ignorant. Congratulations Laura - from the look of your shoe your award is well deserved. I look forward to ladies wearing a pair of 'Giles' in the future! hagar1

9:05am Wed 9 May 12

snert says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
You actually have to go to college & university to be qualified to design a shoe?
Yep, 3 year degree. Not sure I'm clear on what is in the course that takes 3 years but then I'm not a shoe designer.

Well done though. Winning a national award in your vocation is still quite an achievement.
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: You actually have to go to college & university to be qualified to design a shoe?[/p][/quote]Yep, 3 year degree. Not sure I'm clear on what is in the course that takes 3 years but then I'm not a shoe designer. Well done though. Winning a national award in your vocation is still quite an achievement. snert

12:59pm Wed 9 May 12

Lady Penelopee says...

Congratulations to her! A brilliant achievement.

Dilligaf - lots to fit into a 3 year design course; materials, manufacturing, probably even some science and maths!
Congratulations to her! A brilliant achievement. Dilligaf - lots to fit into a 3 year design course; materials, manufacturing, probably even some science and maths! Lady Penelopee

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