Paul Andrew

His name is suddenly everywhere but you have no idea who he is. Don't fret! Until recently, very few individuals had heard of him either. That is, until Paul Andrew beat out 10 other finalists and hundreds of competitors to win the CFDA and Vogue's Fashion Fund Designer of the Year Award for 2014.

image via Style.com

image via Style.com

That's right, this man right here has been chosen as the next big thing in shoe design. British born and American based, 35 year old Paul Andrew started his career working for heavy-hitters like Donna Karan, Alexander McQueen, Narciso Rodriguez, and Calvin Klein, but has since launched his own namesake shoe brand. Andrew is determined to create shoes with the perfect combination of feminine chic and comfort. In an interview with Style.com, Andrew said, "When I launched my collection two and a half years ago, everyone was traipsing around in towering high platforms and my whole idea was to return the eye to elegant and feminine shoes with a single sole that are also comfortable. With [the Fashion Fund] reward money, I plan to do even more testing and make sure these are the most comfortable shoes out there." In an act that shows his real dedication to the pursuit of comfort, Andrew has mentioned Nike CEO Mark Parker as a mentor he'd love to work with. Both Parker and Andrew have dedicated their businesses to the idea of melding great design with comfort. Hopefully there will be a Nike + Paul Andrew collaboration in the not too far future.

For now you can shop Paul Andrew's fabulous shoes at sites like Bergdorf Goodman and learn more about him on his website. And congratulations Mr. Andrew!