Contest overview

Guidelines And Requirements



Grand prize consists of the following: Up to $8000 financial contribution towards your studies/tuition fee/professional courses.
Your design will become a reality and will be launched in September 2023 as part of our on-demand offer. A featured piece highlighting your background, your work, and your plans for the future, which will be shared across all of our social media and featured on our Community platform.


A 750$ prize + a featured article highlighting your work and your story shared across all of our social media platforms.


500$ + a featured article highlighting your work and your story shared across all of our social media platforms.

All participants will receive an invitation to attend an online webinar on fashion and sustainability hosted by ALOHAS selected expert. This is unique and valuable opportunity to be mentored by real experts combining creativity, commercial success, and sustainability.


  • A technical sheet of 2D/3D realistic presentation of your idea for footwear (only ONE DESIGN IDEA, and single application per applicant!)
  • Ideally from all four angles, with clear color and details presentation (see the below example of what we’re looking for)
  • Submission title (make it fun!)
  • A short description of your background and the idea for design (pitch it to us!)
  • An optional video recording of your work in the process
  • Optional submission of your portfolio/website


  1. Read the guidelines, requirements, and terms and conditions. It is mandatory to understand and agree with the copyright rules and the format requirements. It will be the initial stage of judging whether or not participants followed the guidelines and the rules. Only those that will fully follow the rules will be eligible to move to the next stage. We will get in touch with you if we see that your submissions don’t meet the requirements, and give you a chance to work on them before the submission deadline.

  2. Once we confirm the qualified submissions, we will open the “Voting” page to the public. Participants are invited to share their submissions with family, friends, and schoolmates and on their social media. Tag your post and use #Alohas3D so we can spot you! 
    Keep in mind that everyone can only vote for your submission ONCE. We ask you to keep this contest FAIR.  Please respect this. If we find out that there are unusually high numbers of votes coming from bot accounts or something similar – we have a right to disqualify.

  3. Once the public voting is closed, we will announce the top 10 winners which will be then handed over to ALOHAS team experts and qualified Judges for their expert analysis and discussion.

  4. Judges will announce the top 3 winners. It will be announced on our Instagram page during the LIVE stream. We will also make sure you’re notified via private message and email newsletter. It will also be announced across our other social media platforms.

  5.  The dates of the various stages comprising the contest are set forth in the following chart:

    Stage of Contest

    Start Date

    End date

    Registration/Application Period

    December 1st, 2022

    May 12,2023, by @23:59 Central European Time

    Screening period for eligibility

    May 13,  2023,

    May 14, 2023

    Public voting

    May 15, 2023,  @00:01 a.m. Central European Time 

    May 17, .2023 @24:00 CET

    The top 10 winners announced

    May 18, 2023

    May 18, 2023

    Voting period for judges

    May 18, 2023

    May 20, 2023

    Winners and runners-up announcement

    May 23, 2023

    May 23, 2023

    Launch of the product

    September 2023

    September 2023


  1. Submissions are welcome from all graduates from a foundation, undergraduate, and postgraduate course, or any designer willing to participate
  2. Entries need to be submitted by 23:59 Central European Time on May 12, 2023. 
  3. Partial submissions will not be accepted. Proof of e-mailing does not constitute proof of submission. 
  4. Submit one (1) Main Image is mandatory. The rest of the support images are not mandatory.
  5. Each design can be only submitted once, and it can be submitted in up to 5 different colorways.
  6. There are no nationality requirements applicable to the candidate
  7. We don’t want to limit your creativity, but we strongly recommend to follow the ALOHAS style (elegant, minimal, colorways).
  8. We recommend you use our carryover color pallet (black, cream, stone beige or tan), or use the colors that will trend next season (hint hint: tune in for the Fashion week runways happening right now)!
  9. When you plan your design, we recommend you also consider the ‘occasion’ themes, e.g. evening shoe, workwear shoe, urban, party etc. 
  10. When it comes to materials – we recommend you use leather, or any animation like metallic, patent, crocodile or plain leather.
  11. ALOHAS is all about the latest trends. Keep that in mind when designing a shoes that we plan on launching this year.
  12. Keep the design simple and clean! ALOHAS style is minimal, elegant, and trendy. Our judges and team are looking for exactly that in the winner design!
  13. All entries should be a faithful representation of original work and ideas.
  14. Work cannot currently be for sale elsewhere and, once submitted, cannot be used anywhere else for 360 days after the submission deadline.
  15. Alohas will not accept repurposed submissions to other contests.
  16. Candidates must fill out the application form on the website. In order for application/registration to be complete, the participant must check the box on the application indicating that he/she/they have read, agreed to, and fully understand these Official Rules and Conditions.
  17. Each candidate is allowed to only make a single application.


  1. Entries must be submitted as digital files in a high-res JPEG format with a maximum file size of 199 MB.
  2. The mandatory image submitted should represent the footwear design in action, 
  3. You can provide multiple angles and views of the design with the rest of the submitted support images
  4. Select some images that give an overall view of the shoe design and others which are shots from multiple angles (see the example on the current “Vote” page). Please keep in mind that these images will be displayed on a VOTE page, so the cover image (the first (mandatory) image you upload) will be displayed first,  so it should be the image that best represents your overall design, innovation, etc.
  5. We’d like to see your footwear design against the white background.
  6. We suggest using drawing tablets or Illustrator software, but any other software are allowed.
  7. If selected, entrants must be able to supply images as RAW files or original 3D format files.
  8. Each file must be named with your surname, first name, and brief title (e.g. JonHill_Title.jpeg)
  9. Entries with overlay signatures, watermarks, or stencils will be disqualified automatically.
  10. We encourage you to follow the ALOHAS spirit, defined by elegance, minimal, clean, classy, and sustainability.
  11. We request submission to be of only one style, but it can be in different color variants (up to five different colors).
  12. There are no color and font limitations, but we will do some adjustments in the final production phase if needed.
  13. Entries must NOT be and must not contain images that are insulting, abusive, inciting violence, threatening, intimidating, obscene, inflammatory, sexually explicit, harassing, harmful, or invasive of another’s privacy. They must not promote a commercial business, a charity, a political or religious cause, or any cause other than the theme of the contest.


  1. Once submitted, you can edit or remove your design before the submission deadline (May 12, 2023).
  2. You may even connect with fellow artists through our Community Portal.
  3. At that point, ALOHAS shall proceed to review the applications based on all the terms and conditions provided by the candidate to study their admissibility and completeness. 
  4. Any incomplete application, submitted late, or that contains false or misleading information, shall be declared inadmissible, with the organizer having no obligation to inform the concerned candidate of this fact, and without the candidate whose file was discarded being entitled to any indemnification; this is applicable at any stage of the process of granting the prizes.
  5. At that point, the voting period begins, during which you will be collecting votes and feedback on a public voting platform we created for you.


The voting period will be happening between May 13 and May 15, 2023. Every user needs no registration but may vote only one (1) time in total.  

Voters will NOT receive any award, benefit, or other compensation in conjunction with casting a vote. The use of robotic or automatic devices for voting or the use of any artifice whereby a registered user attempts to vote more than once or to otherwise manipulate the results of the voting (including but not limited to offering payments, gifts or other consideration in exchange for votes or disparaging Submissions as well as “one hand washes the other” or like voting arrangements) is strictly prohibited. Should we notice that a participant is involved (directly or indirectly) in such activities, their submissions will be most certainly disqualified.


In the finalist round, which will take place between May 18 and May 20, 2023, the ALOHAS team of experts and qualified Judges will re-evaluate the top 10 finalists. Submissions will be reviewed by fashion professionals and industry experts based on qualitative criteria of creativity, originality, innovation, technical details, and craftsmanship.


On May 23, 2023, we will announce the winners and runner-ups. The announcement will be streamed over our ALOHAS IG account. Winners will also be notified over their personal emails, a public newsletter, and on other ALOHAS social platforms. may


  1. Register on the platform with your email (we recommend you use the same email as in the submission form)
  2. Complete your profile (profile pic, name, interests)
  3. In your Bio, you can mention you’re one of the entrants in the design competition
  4. Join the group called “Design Contest
  5. It works like a chat. So feel free to ask any questions at any time. Welcome to discuss the ideas, technical issues, and any kind of concerns
  6. Feel free to browse the rest of the community and spaces/groups. It’s a fun place to hang out 🙂


  1. By entering the competition you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  2. Designs previously entered into other competitions are permitted
  3. The designers will be credited.
  4. Entrants agree to participate in related publicity and to the use of their name and entry for the purpose of advertising, promotion, exhibition, transmission, and publicity of the competition and ALOHAS without additional compensation
  5. Entrants grant ALOHAS a non-exclusive sub-licensable license to reproduce, publish, exhibit, and communicate their entry to the public by exhibiting the entry through all media throughout the world for five years in perpetuity. This includes but is not limited to: the competition judging process, online galleries, website and microsites, corporate communications, reports, promotional, press, PR, and marketing activities, including digital and social media (paid and organic) and press and marketing materials, educational support and brand ambassadors
  6. Entrants must be the sole author and owner of the copyright for all the entries they submit, or they must have obtained permission from the copyright holder to submit the entries on their behalf. A copy of any such written permission must be supplied to the organizer on request


  1. Entrants warrant to us that they created their entries, that they own all of the copyright in those entries, and that our use of the entries in accordance with these rules will not infringe any person’s intellectual property rights or other legal rights.
  2. Entrants grant us an exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, and irrevocable license to copy, store, edit, distribute, transmit and publish your entries.
  3. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, Entrants irrevocably and unconditionally waive their rights to be identified as the authors of their entries and to object to any derogatory treatment of their entries.
  4. By entering the Promotion, Entrants confirm that they are eligible and that they are also eligible to receive the Prize. Alohas may require Entrants to provide evidence that they have the status of an eligible person to participate in the Promotion. If the winner is determined to be ineligible, Alohas reserves the right to award the prize to another Entrant and request the return of any prize already awarded. Alohas will not accept any responsibility for any claim or damage caused directly or indirectly by the fact that a Entrant has not verified his suitability or ability to receive or enjoy the prize before formalizing his participation in the Promotion.
  5. For Promotions that require Entrants to submit images, video, or other media, Entrants confirm that:
    • Images and other submissions are original works, are not defamatory or libelous, and do not infringe the rights of third parties.
    • There are no conflicting agreements that may restrict the use of these images or other presentations.
    • You have consent to use any third party images in the entry and any rights to that effect have been waived for such use. If a third party image is of a person under the age of 18, parental or guardian consent must be provided.
    • Entrant will submit evidence of any required consent or authorization at the Controller’s request, or risk being disqualified from entering the Promotion.
  6. You have consent to use any third party images in the entry and any rights to that effect have been waived for such use. If a third party image is of a person under the age of 18, parental or guardian consent must be provided. 
  7. Entrant will submit evidence of any required consent or authorization at the Controller’s request, or risk being disqualified from entering the Promotion.
  8. Alohas will collect and process the names of the Entrants and other personal data derived from their participation in the Promotion, which will be used in accordance with the Privacy Policy and the Law in force at any time.
  9. Entrants (other than prize winners) will not be required to transfer any rights for any period of time. 

The personal data that Entrants provide will be incorporated into a data file for which Alohas is responsible. All participants in the contest authorize Alohas to publish their names for the purposes set out in these rules, being able to use the name and image of the participant, as well as their email address to send promotional information. Alohas may not use said data for a purpose other than the purpose indicated in these bases, treating them in accordance with current legislation on data protection.

 The promotion will be governed by the law of the Spanish jurisdiction.


  1. All trademarks, logos, designs, and product data including product names, product images, and product descriptions related to the products belong to the Entrants.
  2. The Entrant guarantees Alohas that the Entrant owns and holds the rights to all intellectual property rights such as the Entrants name, logo, uploaded product images, and other materials, and the Entrant guarantees that these do not infringe on any patent, trademark, copyright, design or other rights belonging to a third party.
  3. Alohas is granted the non-exclusive right to use the Entrants’ (no other than prize-winners) Intellectual Property Rights, and Alohas is entitled to use the Entrants’ Intellectual Property Rights for marketing and commercialization purposes and as a reference, as well as in other respects. This right of use is limited to fair use. This right of use does not grant a right to compensation to Entrants.
  4. The Entrants must hold Alohas harmless against any internal and external costs that result from a third party lodging a claim against Alohas’ inconsequence of alleged infringements of intellectual property rights.
  5. Alohas is entitled to remove products/photos from its inventory without notifying the Entrants if Alohas finds the products/photos inadequate for Alohas sales platforms or if it suspects there to have been an infringement of third-party rights.
  6. With respect to content for the presentation of goods that the Entrants (no other than prize-winners) provide to Alohas, the Entrants shall grant a right of use that is simple and unrestricted temporarily or geographically. Alohas is entitled to reproduce, edit, publish and pass on to third parties and/or to use for third parties. Alohas shall not be obliged to name the respective originator.


  1. ALOHAS reserves the right to cancel this competition at any stage
  2. ALOHAS reserves the right to amend, remove or introduce additional judging categories, including prizes and conditions, at any stage during the competition
  3. Any entrant found to not comply with the competition rules at any stage of the competition will be disqualified and any prize awarded will be forfeited.
  4. The decision of ALOHAS on all matters relating to the competition is final and binding.
  5. Alohas will not be held liable for any failure of receive entries. Alohas takes no responsibility for any entries which are lost, delayed, illegible, corrupted, damaged, incomplete or otherwise invalid.