This month, we've witnessed a global outcry over racial injustice. Stitched in the fabric of American history, racism has been prevalent for 400-plus years, and though it's not new, it’s imperative that we do all we can to dismantle it. One way to help do that is to shop and support Black-owned businesses.
While this moment has shone a new light on these brands, great Black-owned fashion businesses are nothing new: During New York Fashion Week back in February, some of the most acclaimed designs were the work of Black creatives (think: Christopher John Rogers, Pyer Moss, and Victor Glemaud). It’s our responsibility to continue highlighting their work in the weeks, months, and years from now. While there are a slew of Black-owned companies to explore (and you can do so here), we're specifically highlighting the shoe brands worth investing in.
Founded in 2013, this line has developed a cult following. Designer Aurora James has a background in a mix of fields—fashion, journalism, horticulture, music and art—and her past experiences all influence her glamorous and bohemian designs.
From minimal strappy styles to heavily embellished pairs, there's a style here for every type of gal. Plus, these bad boys come in at a good price point. A win-win.
The search for the perfect skin-tone pump ends here. Founder Jamela Acheampong saw a hole in the market for skin-toe heels in all shades. She launched her own luxury line in 2016; it's quickly become one of our favorites when searching for the ideal nude.
Loza Maleombho founded her namesake brand in 2009 in NYC and has since relocated to Côte d’Ivoire. Working with artisans who have crafted their skills for decades, she aims to blend "Ivorian tribal aesthetics and New York City’s urban fashion."
The perfect satin pair for evening. Once a star in politics PR, Monet made the career jump to the shoe industry and crafted her first pair entirely by hand. These shoes come in six shades and each pair has a "recessed platform", providing additional comfort under the ball of your foot.
Named for her daughters, designer Theresa Ebagua founded this sustainable line in 2012. From mules to booties to flats, theres a style for all (although we're partial to their strappy sandals)!