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Here are the rules for the North American competition

Awards Presented
Gold, silver and bronze awards are presented to entries that meet specified criteria after judging. The top entry in the contest receives the Robert DiRinaldo Grand Silver Cup. Previous Grand Silver Cup winners are not eligible to enter.

Who is Eligible?
Repair shop owners and their employees from the United States and Canada are eligible to participate. Previous Grand Silver Cup winners are not eligible to enter this contest, but may compete for the World Cup. Entrants or their employers must be members of SSIA.

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Rules and Regulations
This contest is designed to reflect the standard of “re-crafting” or “re-manufacturing” that has been set for today’s shoe repairers. Winning entries should look like they just came out of the box at the shoe store.

A repaired shoe must be submitted with its unrepaired mate. “Unrepaired” means never before repaired. The judges need an unrepaired shoe to judge how well the other shoe has been restored to its original condition. Do not enter new shoes.

What to Enter
You must enter one men’s full sole and one men’s half sole.

Men’s Full Sole and Heel
Repair one shoe of a pair of men’s Goodyear welted, Blake stitched (inside or McKay) or cemented shoes with a new leather full sole and a new heel. Restore the upper on the repaired shoe as well. (Stitched sole will add points to your score instead of glued.)

The repaired shoe must be submitted with its unrepaired mate. “Unrepaired” means never before repaired. Previously-repaired shoes will be disqualified. Do not enter new shoes. Shoes not in need of repair will be disqualified. Uppers should be restored but the color should not be changed. The shape, size and balance of the shoes should not be changed.

We discourage blind stitched shoes because this is a category that is judged to see how well the shoe is stitched. A blind stitched shoe will not be counted as stitched.

Men’s Half-Sole and Heel
Repair one shoe of a pair of men’s Goodyear welted, Blake stitched (inside or McKay) or cemented shoes with new leather half sole and a new heel. Restore the upper on the repaired shoe as well. (Stitched sole will add points to your score instead of glued.)

The repaired shoe must be submitted with its unrepaired mate. “Unrepaired” means never before repaired. Previously-repaired shoes will be disqualified. Do not enter new shoes. Shoes not in need of repair will be disqualified. Uppers should be restored but the color should not be changed. The shape, size and balance of the shoes should not be changed.

We discourage blind stitched shoes because this is a category that is judged to see how well the shoe is stitched. A blind stitched shoe will not be counted as stitched.

How to Enter
You must register to enter each contest by January 31, 2019.
Entries are due in SSIA’s office by March 29, 2019.

Ship Entries to:
SSIA Silver Cup Contest
Attn: Mitch Lebovic
1013 Beards Hill Rd., Suite 101
Aberdeen, MD 21001

SSIA will keep the winning entries until the conclusion of the 2019 convention in July so we can display your craftsmanship. No exceptions.

When will awards be announced?
The finalists will be contacted in May 2019 and their names will be announced on the SSIA web site. However, the Silver Cup winner will not be revealed to the public, to the judges, to the SSIA board of directors, or to the winner until the Silver Cup Awards presentation at the association’s July 2019 convention. No exceptions.