From quirky lobster shoes to traditional 'double happiness' designs, local designers are showing their creativity at the ninth annual Hong Kong Footwear Design Competition, held at the Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter. The competition is organised by the Federation of Hong Kong Footwear and supported by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, and designs will be judged according to creativity, fashion aesthetic appeal and production viability. Participants are in three categories - Individual, Creative Collection (shoes and bags) and Corporate Designer. Candidates in the Individual category are further divided into six sub-groups. Yeung Yuet-ming, a student from the Hong Kong Design Institute, submitted a pair of orange shoes named 'Lobster' for the Children's sub-group. 'I think the lobster-like shape and the brilliant colour suit small children,' said Ms Yeung, whose inspiration for the design came from a dish. Apart from unconventional designs, Chinese elements, such as traditional and festive symbols, are also seen in entry pieces. Kam I-kei, who enrolled in the Creative Collection category, submitted a bag and shoes set titled 'Du Dou (Chinese bellyband)'. 'The pattern of the shoes is auspicious in Chinese culture. It means you will become wealthier in the coming year,' she said, explaining that she wanted to show how traditional Chinese artistry could be incorporated into a modern design. This adoption of Chinese elements is highlighted in the design submitted by Ko De-fong, a student from the Hong Kong Design Institute, who incorporated the Chinese character 'double happiness' into her men's footwear in the Individual group. Her pair of shoes, named 'Delighted?2', uses traditional Chinese paper-cutting as inspiration for graphics on the outsole. The awards presentation will be held in Hall 5 of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre tomorrow. Certificates and prizes will be given to the champion, and first and second runners-up of each category.