9 BIPOC-owned shoe brands we love for fall 2021 and beyond


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ARCH NYC mules and heels. Brand owned by blacks. Image via ARCH.

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New York Fashion Week may be over, but if you’ve been inspired by some of the streetwear styles for fall this year, you can recreate your own looks with a pop of color at an affordable price, all while supporting a brand belonging to BIPOC.

It is important for me to support the BIPOC brands whenever I can, and when I stumbled upon ARCH I loved their small but remarkable collection of heels. The brand has been gaining traction online, so I got my hands on a pair of their eye-catching heels to try them out.

Blush Moscow Mule.  Image via ARCH NYC.

Blush Moscow Mule. Image via ARCH NYC.

TO BUY : ARCH, CA $ 206

ARCH is a black-owned brand of women’s footwear that keeps quality, style and budget in mind. In the interest of inclusiveness as well, the brand aims to create products that “start the conversation” for every woman.

Beyonce’s celebrity stylist Zerina Akers also recently highlighted ARCH as a black-owned brand to support on her curated Instagram page, so you can bet they’re worth it.

My impressions

I don’t wear heels which are often let alone everyday, but after trying them on I can say they are very versatile as I know I can wear them with jeans or a dress for any occasion. They are also quite comfortable considering their height of 3.5 inches.

I love the blush pink color and faux pony texture of the pair. I tried the pair on with my favorite flare jeans and they really made the outfit stand out. Plus, I can honestly say that the Moscow heeled mules have to be the most unique pair of shoes I own.

I tried ARCH's heeled mules

I tried ARCH’s heeled mules

They are bulkier so I wish they were a bit lighter. Your feet can be tired at the end of the day regardless of the comfort, but I would still wear them on stilettos at all times. I felt really confident and comfortable in the heels.

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If you want to support other BIPOC shoe brands, here are a few brands that we have selected that are worth investing in this fall.

Angel sandals

Angel sandals. Image via Shopbop.

The black brand Chelsea Paris offers luxury shoes inspired by African heritage. Their designs offer a fusion of European craftsmanship and African designs, colors and prints.

TO BUY : Shopbop, $ 144 (originally $ 480)

Edge sneakers

Edge sneakers. Image via Nordstrom.

The Good Man brand is owned by black people and is founded on inclusiveness and respect for all. The brand also donates 3% of Nordstrom’s total net wholesale purchases to the Why Not You Foundation, which awards scholarships to help students achieve their post-secondary dreams.

TO BUY : Nordstrom, $ 278

Becky 70mm pumps

70mm Becky pumps. Image from Shopbop.

The black company Kahmune offers a range of shoes that are handmade to match the skin tones of all women. They are also available in women’s sizes 4 to 12 to provide the perfect fit for all sizes.

TO BUY : Shopbop, $ 500

L'Essentiel Tennis Mid Sneaker

The Essential Tennis Mid Sneaker. Image via Nordstrom.

This clean take on classic tennis court sneakers from luxury brand Fear of God, owned by Black, is crafted in Italy from recycled calfskin for lasting style.

TO BUY : Nordstrom, $ 385

Unity Sling.  Image by Daniela Uribe.

Unity Sling. Image by Daniela Uribe.

Latinx-owned shoe brand Daniela Uribe is steeped in inclusivity and offers sizes to suit male feet to ensure that everyone can wear and feel comfortable in their styles of luxury footwear.

TO BUY : Daniela Uribe, $ 880

Half Tamarack waterproof

Half waterproof Tamarack. Image via Manitobah.

Manitobah Mukluks is an Indigenous owned brand that helps keep Indigenous traditions alive in Canada with their assortment of shoes and boots for the whole family.

TO BUY : Manitobah Mukluks, $ 240

HOH MONO HEEL (GEN II) by House of Hayla.  Image via Hayla's House.

HOH MONO HEEL (GEN II) by House of Hayla. Image via Hayla’s House.

Black brand House of Hayla creates a wide range of heels in stylish monochrome tones that use vegan synthetics instead of leather.

TO BUY : Hayla’s House, $ 140

Nerea Copper Boot

Nerea Boot in Copper. Image via Zou Xou.

Ethically crafted in small batches, Black-owned Zou Xou shoes are handcrafted by Argentinian shoemakers using time-honored techniques and premium leather.

TO BUY : Zou Xou, $ 340

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