SELF Sneaker Awards: 2022 Submission Guidelines

SELF editors know a thing or two about sneakers. Take a look at any of our personal collections and you’ll find a variety of choices to suit our varied interests, experience levels, and fit and style preferences. That’s why we love to hold our SELF Certified Sneaker Awards year after year: sneakers are, overall, essential gear for anyone looking to get active, and yet finding the right ones can be extremely difficult. So we are here to help you.

Every year we strive to find the best new sneakers available. SELF editors and experts rigorously and methodically test each shoe considered during a variety of activities. We keep an eye on key factors such as fit, comfort, performance and style. And of course, after all that, we share our absolute favorites with our readers.

We are delighted to announce that we are now accepting brand entries for our 2022 SELF Certified Sneaker Awards. Read on to learn more about what we are looking for and how to submit.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Products submitted for review must be new and marketed after October 1, 2021 and available nationwide by August 1, 2022. (An existing style can be submitted as long as it has been updated in some way, including new color offerings or updated features.)
  2. We’re looking for sneakers in the following categories: running shoes (road and trail), trail and hiking shoes, casual/lifestyle, athleisure, walking, weightlifting, HIIT and cross-training, and indoor and outdoor cycling.
  3. Please note that we will only accept 3-5 submissions from each brand. You know your product best, so please highlight your best versions or the shoes you think will be the most popular with the crowd.
  4. You are welcome do not send samples at this time. If we decide to test your product, we will contact you. Shoes submitted for testing cannot be returned. If submitting products is a challenge for your brand, please email us. We would be happy to work with you.

How to submit

To submit a product, please complete this form. Please complete one form per style— so if you wish to submit three pairs of shoes, you must submit three separate forms. We ask that you please share in your submission fact sheets or press releases for each shoe, high resolution images for each shoe (product shots on seamless white, please!) and the release date of the shoe.

Please send your files no later than Friday June 10, 2022.

Questions? Please email Hannah Pasternak, Associate Director of Special Projects, at [email protected]

Thanks and good luck!

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