10 Black Women-Owned Shoe Brands To Support Right Now

Aurora James started Brother Vellies in 2013 “with the aim of keeping traditional African design practices and techniques alive while creating and sustaining craft jobs. Today, artisans from Nairobi to New York handcraft the one-of-a-kind sandals, mules, boots, heels and flats sold by the brand.

Third-generation entrepreneur Kendall Miles started Kendall Miles Designs as a passion project in her apartment. After learning how to design shoes, she attended accessory design university, Ars Sutoria, in Milan for formal training before starting to sell her line of fashionable shoes made in Florence, Italy.

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu created soleRebels “to combine the talents of creative artisans from his Ethiopian community with the traditional ‘barabasso’ (Ethiopian recycled tire) footwear”. The brand’s sustainable shoes are ethically handmade in a workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and shipped to every country in the world. soleRebels also reinvests in its community, providing comprehensive medical benefits and education funds to its employees and their families, and offering salaries three times the industry average.

When Tiannia Barnes created her own prom dress, she knew she loved the design. Yet the Oklahoma native didn’t pursue her passion professionally, earning a bachelor’s degree in math and industrial engineering and an MBA. Eventually, Barnes traded her IT/business project management career back to her first love and her brand was launched. The Tiannia Barnes collection offers chic and contemporary Italian-made footwear with the intention of “making exclusive luxury inclusive”.

Known for her “bold yet feminine” designs, AMINAH ABDUL JILLIL is an eponymous luxury footwear brand launched in August 2012. Anchorage-born Jillil is a former professional dancer whose enthusiasm to “try something different” has not only led to his entry into the world of accessories but fueled his unique shoe designs.

Eleanor Ngozi Anukam had one goal when she launched her line: “to serve this underserved population of women with shoe sizes over 10”. A size 12 herself, Eleanor, who was born in Houston and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, makes her luxury shoes especially for women who wear sizes 9 through 13.

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Famous designer Ade Samuel’s motivation for launching her line was simple: she wanted to create luxury shoes for women, designed by a woman. The shoes of the FIT graduate are made in Italy. made of the finest Italian leather and “inspired by the girl who ‘gets it’.”

Designer Stella Maze fuses authentic Italian tradition with the “exotic luxuries » of the Virgin Islands to create their Stella Hues shoe line which also has a touch of classic British influence. Tracee Ellis Ross, Laverne Cox, Drew Sidora and Leela James are just a few of the famous feet that rocked this shoe brand.

Tween CEO and artist Amiya Steed founded her shoe company, AMAK BY AMIYA, in 2016 as a form of self-expression. Line of sneakers and sandals feature custom wording and designs

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