Hanig’s Design Incubator announces the winners of the first collaborative footwear design contest at HanigsDesign.com.

For the contest, designers were asked to submit designs that blended style, function and comfort.    After an extensive review and validation process, two winners were chosen.

The Grand Prize winner was chosen by a “committee” representing brands such as Tsubo, ECCO and Hanig’s Footwear. The Grand Prize winner will take two trips.  The first trip is to Portugal to meet with the management of the popular brand Fly London. Upon returning from Portugal, the Grand Prize winner will take a second trip to a major footwear headquarters within the United States, chosen by the committee that best compliments the style and attributes of the winning design. Fly London will sponsor the trip to Portugal, and Hanig’s Design Incubator will sponsor the winner’s U.S. airfare and hotel accommodations.

The second winner was chosen based on the popular vote through the online voting at HanigsDesign.com.  This winner will receive $1,000 in cash, $1,000 in Hanig’s Footwear merchandise, and exposure to industry experts and influencers with major footwear brands.

The Grand Prize

SoramRachelKim FelgoThe Grand Prize was won by SoRam Rachel Kim of Pasadena, California for her Felgo shoes design.

"The concept behind Felgo came from the recent years I spent living in California. I have always wanted shoes that could keep my feet warm during chilly weather while also staying ventilated when I am wearing the shoes. The versatility of the material makes these the perfect shoe for any season. The Felgo line would include different shoes with the same pattern built up to different heights so that the users can pick to wear sandals or boots according to their preference."


About the designer

SoRam Rachel Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to California later graduating Burbank High School in 2006. Ms. Kim is currently a senior at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, majoring in product design.  She enjoys creating objects that involve handcraft skills.  She's worked as a cake decorator for six years at the Paris Baguette and exercised her creative side as a display coordinator intern at Anthropologie.  She is interested in crafting and making unique products that make people’s lives more fun and comfortable!

Popular Vote

Wedowee WedgeThe winner of the popular vote at HanigsDesign.com is Jessica Wight of Charlotte, North Carolina for her Wedowee Wedge design.

The Wedowee wedge was inspired by sea life, which is full of different colors and textures. The combination of sea creatures such as turtles, fish, coral, algae and the colors and movement of the water itself come together to form the Wedowee Wedge’s organic shape and free flowing motion. The wedge was created by combining these natural elements with the human body and the Wedowee Wedge gives the illusion of water dripping off the foot as you step out of the ocean.

JessicaWightPhotoAbout the designer

Jessica Wight is from Charlotte, North Carolina and is currently studying Accessory Design at Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). In 2009, she graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.  She spent the next year studying graphic design and while continuing her education she began designing jewelry.  This focus on design and her love of fashion ignited her passion for accessories. This led her to pursue a degree in accessory design and she is currently designing and creating handbags and footwear in Savannah, Georgia. She will graduate in May 2014 and hopes to start a career in accessory design where she can lend her technical skills and creativity to design accessories for generations to come.

Hanig's Design Incubator would like to congratulate these two designers on being recognized and chosen by their peers and the industry for their inspiring talent.  

We wish to thank all the designers who participated and we look forward to continuing to identify and bring awareness to new talent, concepts and industry processes through the Hanig's Design Incubator.  Stay tuned for more to come.