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Wolverine Worldwide in Rockford has been named Company of the Year by industry trade publication Footwear News.
The distinction is a “prestigious honor, which the publication awards to the most noteworthy company in the footwear industry,” according to Wolverine.
The award was announced at the 26th Annual Footwear News Achievement Awards held at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art in November. Fashionista.com reported that “titans of the footwear industry mingled alongside shoe-obsessed celebs like Victor Cruz, Fergie, Miranda Kerr, and more” at the event.
Fashion designer Anna Sui and Wolverine Worldwide’s former chairman and CEO, Timothy J. O’Donovan, presented the award to Wolverine at the MOMA event. Sui commented on her long-standing association with Wolverine and its Hush Puppies brand, as well as the Michigan roots she shares with the Wolverine.
Each year, the Footwear News editorial staff selects a group of footwear companies, brands, retailers and designers that represent the industry’s biggest success stories and most notable events, according to Wolverine.
Wolverine said it was recognized for its “ongoing product, operational and design excellence, highlighted most recently by the company’s $1.24 billion acquisition of the Performance and Lifestyle Group from Collective Brands. The acquisition, which included the Sperry Top-Sider, Saucony, Keds and Stride Rite brands, has propelled Wolverine Worldwide to become one of the largest footwear companies in the world and a continued global market leader in footwear, apparel and accessories.”