For most women, shoes and handbags are where it’s at when it comes to fashion. The fact is, some of the most stylish and well-made shoes on the market today are made by black women and men. Here are the top 5 black-owned shoe designers:
#1 – Artyce Designs: Designer Candra Palmer launched her footwear company in 2004, with locations now in Los Angeles and Houston. The beautiful custom designs are sought after by those wanting a shoe that is both stylish and comfortable, and caters to events such as weddings and special social events. Her shoes have been featured in many publications!
#2 – Samantha Shoes: Owner Samantha Joseph wants every women to have at least one pair of great shoes. Her customers include Tyra Banks, Debra Messing, Sanaa Lathan, Wendy Williams, Geena Davis, Sophia Bush, Queen Latifah, Rachel Bilson, and Rihanna. Her shoes sell in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Russia.
#3 – Amina Abdul Jillil: Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, this former professional dancer turned shoe entrepreneur launched her women’s shoe collection in 2012. Her dancing career, performing with top stars like Britney Spears and Janet Jackson, led to another creative field, selling designer shoes in Los Angeles boutiques and also online.
#4 – Jhung Yuro: Owner Kris Wright created his line of luxury men’s footwear because he felt there was a lack of quality shoes for men. Kris incorporates styles that reflect global influence and offers a luxurious, exclusive line of footwear for men. His UK-based store launched in 2005.
#5 – Fever Shoes: Owner Natischa Harvey studied political science at Clark Atlanta University, but it was while working at Bakers that she developed her love for shoes. By 2004, she had enough knowledge and experience to open her own shoe stores. Her shoes are sold in stores throughout the U.S., Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and Dominican Republic.
Note: If you are wondering why Pastry Shoes by Angela and Vanessa Simmons isn’t on the list, it’s because they sold the company back in 2011 for a reported profit of $15 million dollars. The company still exists at www.lovepastry.com, but is no longer Black-owned.