18 Black-Owned Shoe Brands to That Should Absolutely Be In Your Rotation
Sorry in advance, but you'll prob fall in love with all of these.
- Oct 1, 2020
Personally, I believe that shoes are one of the most important parts of an outfit. You could be wearing a super fashionable dress or even just a white tee and some jeans, but if your footwear doesn't go...then your 'fit just doesn't work. Sorry, not sorry! So, what I'm saying is, finding that perfect pair of boots, heels, whatever is quintessential and you should look into these Black-owned shoe brands because I guarantee you just may find The One™️. (Or, let's be real, multiple ones).
And there are so many amazing choices here for you below that you'll probs be stuck staring at your computer adding things to your cart for hours. (Sry.) If you're looking for your basic nude heel to go with just about any clothing combo, I got you. In need of a durable, comfortable, yet flattering shoe you can slip on whenever? Yeah, got that too. Scroll on through to shop...and heart-eyes over all these gorgeous designs. Check out some Black-owned clothing brands too, to find some stuff to go with your newest footwear purchase.
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This handcrafted shoe and accessories brand features designs made by artisans in Lagos, Nigeria, and most of the raw materials are locally sourced, like the recycled insoles, cotton, and leather. These patchwork babies are absolutely stunning.
Having a staple nude shoe in your collection is a must. And what I love about Kahmune is that their mission is to design neutral footwear that matches the skin tones of *all* women. All their styles offer 10 colors that ensure that as many complexions as possible are represented.
3 ZOU XOU
Owning a pair of Zou Xou shoes is honestly like being in possession of treasure. Every single pair is handmade by Argentinian artisans that use traditional methods and high-quality leather.
4 Kendall Miles Designs
5 Sincerely, Tommy
Who! Doesn't! Love! A! Statement! Boot!! Personally I'm obsessed with these ones, but this brand has a bunch of other bold and unique choices (from boots to mules to sandals) that will add a special pop to your outfit.
6 Becki Coakley Shoes
These bright orange pumps are e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. If you're into heels that rock intricate designs, you need to be shopping from here.
If you've been on the search for the *perfect* everyday shoe, look no further. Barka's footwear is the best of the best—using top tier Italian leather and materials to create a shoe that will literally feel like it was molded to only fit your feet.
8 Brother Vellies
First of all, I need these fluff sandals in my life immediately. Secondly, if you haven't been on the Brother Vellies train...then it's time to do that now. Designed in Brooklyn, the brand sells a variety of super unique shoes that will make your jaw drop. (Look at these pastel green mules tho).
9 Salone Monet
I'm always looking for heels that will go with not just some, but every single one of my outfits. Check out Salone Monet's designs because I guarantee you'll find the perfect staple heel.
10 Chelsea Paris
I was already a fan of Chelsea Paris, but when I found out that all of the brand's designs were inspired by founder and designer Theresa Ebagua's heritage, I fell even more in love. Shop her footwear line for chic boots, loafers, mules, sandals, and more.
Change up your sneaker game with Keexs! Their brand "is an African-inspired range of casual footwear designed for people who are expressive and unapologetic," according to the site. Perfect.
12 Sole Rebels
No matter how stylish a shoe may be, it has to be comfortable to walk in, or you're never going to wear it. Sole Rebels makes sure you get both with their made-to-order designs that are fashion forward too.
13 J.J. Gray
J.J. Gray should be your go-to for riding boots, military boots, and if you're trying to add a classic oxford-style shoe to your wardrobe.
14 Yvonne Koné
Find your next pair of flats, pumps, or sandals from Yvonne Koné. Her shoes bring together comfort and elegance with the use of high quality materials. They'll be perfect for that next aesthetically-pleasing Instagram photo too. The versatility!
It would be disgraceful if I didn't include the creations of Queen Rih in this roundup. If you want your shoes to be the star of the show—aka your entire 'fit—shop through Fenty's eclectic and glam designs.
I'm upset that these sandals weren't in my life this past summer, but I'll be making sure I'll have them ready for next time! FETE-ish creates customized leather sandals with fun touches that you can rock anytime and anywhere.
17 Rebecca Allen
Rebecca Allen is both sexy and sophisticated, in case that's what you're going for (um, who isn't?). Got a Zoom interview or a socially distant date coming up? You now know where to get your shoes. Welcome!
18 Perry Co.
Sneakers from Perry Co. are unlike any other brands. Not only are they freakin' cute and sleek, but they are curated with premium leather, aka they'll be so comfy whenever and wherever you wear them.
Website: perrycoshoes.comMegan Uy Editorial Assistant Megan is the Editorial Fellow at Cosmo where she covers fashion, beauty, and pop culture.
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