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Readers' Choice Awards Guidelines for Shoes

Voting for the 2011 Readers' Choice Awards

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Voting has now closed. Be sure to check About.com's Shoe Site on March 15, 2011 when the winners will be announced.

Best Online Shoe Store

There were only two qualifications that any nominee for Best Online Shoe Store had to meet: they had to currently be accepting orders online for shoes, and must offer shipping to residential addresses.

The finalists in the Best Online Shoe Store category are:
  • BakersShoes.com
  • Endless.com
  • ShoeBuy.com
  • Shoes.com
  • Zappos.com

Best Shoe Store for Bargain-Hunters

This category was open to brick-and-mortar store, as well as online stores.

The finalists in the Best Bargain Shoe Store category are:
  • 6pm.com
  • DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse
  • Famous Footwear
  • OnlineShoes.com
  • Payless ShoeSource

Best Designer Shoe Store

Nominations for online and traditional retailers were welcomed in this category.

The finalists in the Best Designer Shoe Store category are:
  • Barneys New York
  • Bergdorf Goodman
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Nordstrom
  • Saks Fifth Avenue

Best Comfort Shoe Brand

Any existing shoe brand was eligible for nomination in this category.

The finalists for Best Comfort Shoe Brand are:
  • Aerosoles
  • Birkenstock
  • Crocs
  • Merrell
  • Sofft

Best Men's Shoe Brand

Nominations were accepted for any shoe brand or designer that was currently producing men's shoes. Recommendations could be based on any combination of looks, quality, comfort and price.

The finalists for Best Men's Shoe Brand are:
  • Cole Haan
  • Johnston & Murphy
  • Kenneth Cole
  • Merrell
  • Nike

Best Women's Shoe Brand

This category was open to nominations for any current mainstream women's shoe brands.

The finalists for Best Women's Shoe Brand are:
  • Bandolino
  • Guess
  • Jessica Simpson
  • Nine West
  • Steve Madden

Best Kids' Shoes

In this category, we accepted nominations for any brand that was manufacturing children's shoes or baby shoes at the time of nomination. Suggestions were allowed to be based on any combination of looks, quality, comfort, and price.

The finalists for Best Kids' Shoes are:
  • Crocs
  • Keds
  • Nike
  • Skechers
  • Stride Rite

Best Boots

We accepted nominations for any brand or designer that was currently manufacturing boots for men, women and/or children. Winter boots, cowboy boots, motorcycle boots... all nominations were welcome.

The finalists for Best Boots are:
  • Frye
  • Koolaburra
  • Lucchese
  • The North Face
  • UGG Australia

Best Flip-Flops

This category was open to men's and women's brands that was making thong sandals, including toning sandals, athletic sandals, comfort sandals, rubber flip-flops and fashion thongs.

The finalists for Best Flip-Flops are:
  • Havaianas
  • Nike
  • Rainbow
  • Reef
  • Teva

Best Women's Shoe Designer

Nominations in this category were accepted for any women's shoe designer, living or dead.

The finalists for Best Women's Shoe Designer are:
  • Alexander McQueen
  • Christian Louboutin
  • Jimmy Choo
  • Manolo Blahnik
  • Stuart Weitzman

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