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Here are the results from this year's contest judging. "Finalist" means your entry was deemed worthy of an award. Who received what award will be revealed in Jacksonville. Finalists are listed alphabetically.

Finalists for the Robert DiRinaldo
Grand Silver Cup

Glenn Dimauro
Steve Doudaklian
Rachel McEntaffer Drumheller
Rubén Alberto
Tom Hiers
Billy McCabe
Ronald Nijdam
Tony Piccoli

Finalists for the World Cup

Steve Doudaklian
Raul Guayta
Peter Holmér
Al King
Don Myers
Eddie Welkamp

Thanks to our judges Chuck Bolinger, Larry Schupbach Jr. and Jan Van Passel who took time away from their businesses and volunteered to evaluate the entries. They spent a lot of time considering each entry.

Thanks also to Sandra Verbruggen and Maria de Smet for helping out during the weekend.

If you are not a finalist, your shoes will be returned with your scoresheets. The award-winning shoes will be displayed in Jacksonville. Hope to see you there.


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Jacksonville to Host Convention

The 111th Annual SSIA Convention will be held July 25-26, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Fla. Click here for more information.

Note: SSIA's host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville, is now sold out July 25-26. If you have not made your reservations yet, you can check with the Hyatt to see if any rooms have opened up, or you can contact one of these nearby hotels.


Omni Jacksonville Hotel (closest to the Hyatt, half a mile away)
Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel (Less than one mile away)
Hampton Inn Downtown Jacksonville (1.2 miles)
Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville Downtown Southbank (1.63 miles)
Wyndham Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel (1.35 miles)

Spring 2015 Promotional Materials Available.

The second of four 2015 promotions for SSIA members is currently available for download. Themed, “Spring Cleaning,” the materials encourage consumers care for their footwear in addition to bringing it to shoe repair shops. These materials are available to SSIA members only, so you will need your user id and password. Click here to download them.

Promotional Posters for SSIA Members

SSIA has designed posters for you to use in your shop based on the theme, "Shoe Repair: It's More Than You Think." Artwork is 24 x 36 inches and can be handed to Staples, Fedex Office or similar companies as is to produce your posters. It can also be uploaded through their online systems if you prefer.

Posters are available to SSIA members. Click here to download them. (Note: You will need your SSIA user id and password.)

What Shoe Repair Shops Do

In addition to replacing soles and heels, here are some other footwear-related services you can find at your local shoe repair shop.

  • Shoes can be stretched for increased comfort.

  • Shoes can be adapted to fit unique feet.

  • Shoes can be professionally waterproofed to protect from salt stains.

  • Heel tips can be changed from hard to non-skid rubber.

  • Heel savers can be applied to prolong the life of the heel.

  • Protective soles can be applied to prolong the life of the leather soles.

  • Eyelets and other hardware can be replaced.



Thank You Sponsors

Thank you to the following companies who are sponsoring SSIA 111th Annual Convention in Jacksonville.

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

SSIA T-Shirts, Aprons Available for Purchase

SSIA t-shirts and aprons are now available for purchase. We are selling black shirts for men and pink shirts for ladies, along with black aprons.  DETAILS

Download the Latest
Issue of  Footprints

Check out the Spring 2015 edition of SSIA's new newsletter.  DETAILS 


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