Shoes Made in USA: 30 American Shoe Companies and Brands

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Offshore manufacturing has become increasingly common during the past few years. More and more companies are going offshore to reduce their operating costs while maintaining the quality of their products.

The majority of consumers are looking for low-cost products, which is why companies transfer their production to countries with cheaper labor costs to stay profitable and competitive.

According to the United Nations Statistics Division, China is the world’s manufacturing powerhouse, accounting for 28% of global manufacturing output in 2018. The cost of manufacturing in China is significantly lower compared to the cost of manufacturing domestically.

While it may be cost-effective to produce goods overseas, the increased tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump on consumer goods from China, which is the major exporter of footwear to the US, could turn the tables and encourage domestic manufacturing.

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Before globalization, the United States used to be a manufacturing powerhouse. The country also once had numerous American shoemakers, manufacturers, and factories producing shoes across the country.

Although the shoe industry had been greatly affected by offshore manufacturing, there are still a number of American shoe brands that continue to produce their products locally. If you want to show your support for American craftsmanship, make sure to buy 100% “Made in the USA” shoes.

Below you’ll find a list of shoe brands, from heels and sandals to sneakers and boots, that manufacture their products right in the USA.

1. Alden

The 19th century saw the birth of the New England shoe industry. But today, Alden remains to be one of only a few factories left standing.

Founded by Charles H. Alden in Middleborough, Massachusetts, the Alden Shoe Company has been crafting shoes since 1884. It is a heritage, family-owned brand with about 100 workers, who are part of the second or third generation family.

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While the Great Depression and overseas manufacturing took a toll on shoe companies in New England, Alden continues to operate in Massachusetts to this day.

The company’s high-quality dress shoes and orthopedic and medical footwear designs helped Alden prosper despite the fall of American shoe manufacturing.

Alden sources its leather materials from small tanneries in Europe and the US. It is best known for its use of shell cordovan from Horween Leather Company, an American company founded in Chicago, Illinois, in 1905.

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You can shop for Alden shoes at Alden Shop and Leffot.

2. Quoddy

Quoddy is also one of a handful of brands that are keeping the footwear industry alive in New England, particularly in Maine.

The company is known for its hand-sewn moccasins and produces shoes using methods dating back centuries to the native Passamaquoddy Americans.

Quoddy Moccasins was founded by Anne and Jack Spiegel in Portland in 1947. In the 1970s, it suffered a financial struggle and was sold and resold.

Kevin Shorey and his wife, Kirsten, purchased the company back in 1995 and revived the brand three years later as Quoddy Footwear LLC in Maine. While not related to the founding family, Kevin’s great grandfather, grandfather, and father were all shoemakers.

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Due to widespread offshoring in the ‘70s, Kevin admits that none of their shoes is completely made in the USA since it’s impossible to source all of the parts in the country.

“Some soles are made in Italy, the laces in Mexico, and the leather comes from Chicago.” They, however, continue operating in the US to ensure the quality of their products.

Every Quoddy shoe, which ranges from penny loafers, boat shoes, chukka boots, oxfords, blucher shoes, is fashioned from their iconic moccasin style.

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While Quoddy shoes are mostly made-to-order, you can get some ready-made styles at Matches Fashion, Mr. Porter, and Leffot.

3. Maine Mountain Moccasin (MMM)

Maine Mountain Moccasin is a new brand that produces moccasin-style shoes in Maine. It was founded in 2017 by Dan Heselton, who previously worked with Timberland and later started New England Outerwear with designer Greg Cordeiro.

The two signed up Bill Herrick, who had perfected his hand-sewing skills at Quoddy and Warren Shoe, to produce a collection of traditional hand-sewn shoes and boots.

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The company, also known as MMM, earned a reputation for their quality craftsmanship. It utilizes local materials, such as Tasman leather and made-in Maine threads, and uses Blake/McKay welting with true double-vamp mudguards and Vibram soles.

Today, MMM offers a range of moccasin-style footwear, from boots and chukkas to boat shoes and oxfords.

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Get them at Maine Moccasin.

4. Rancourt & Company

Another Maine-based shoe brand is the family-owned business, Rancourt & Company. The Rancourt family has been making traditional hand-sewn moccasins for three generations.

It was originally founded by David Rancourt, a Canadian immigrant who moved to Lewiston, Maine to learn the trade of shoemaking. He opened his own factory in Maine in 1967 and was joined by his eldest son, Michael, in 1970.

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They started out as a contract manufacturer and later sold their company to one of their largest customers, Cole Haan, which was eventually acquired by Nike. Michael stayed as the president of manufacturing for the brand but left after Nike moved its production overseas.

He then founded Maine Shoe Co., which was bought by Allen Edmonds in 1998. When Cole Haan moved to overseas manufacturing and closed down its Lewiston plant, Michael bought it back and launched Rancourt & Co. with his son, Kyle.

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Rancourt has since continued its tradition of producing hand-sewn shoes with locally sourced materials in Maine. And after decades of contract manufacturing, the brand has launched its in-house brand and a make-to-order line sold directly to customers in 2010.

Check out Rancourt & Company’s website to see their collection.

5. San Antonio Shoemakers (SAS)

SAS or San Antonio Shoemakers is a family-owned footwear company founded by Terry Armstrong and Kew Hayden in Texas in 1976. The company conducts the majority of its shoe operations in two US-based factories in San Antonio and Del Rio, both in Texas.

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Aside from specializing in handcrafted shoes, SAS is also committed to making the most comfortable shoes for men and women in the world. It has everything, from thong sandals and slides to loafers, pumps, boots, and even sneakers.

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You can purchase SAS shoes at SASshoes, at SAS locations across the US, or in multi-line shoe stores, including Zappos and Amazon.

6. Okabashi

Named after the Japanese principles of reflexology, Okabashi focuses on foot health and wellness. Its line of plastic flip flops and sandals are designed to provide comfort with active arch support and massage beads that hit the pressure points on the customer’s feet.

Iranian Bahman Irvani founded Okabashi after coming to the United States, five years after the 1979 Iranian Revolution destroyed his family’s multinational footwear business, Melli Shoe Company.

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Okabashi has been operating in Buford, Georgia, which was once known as the “Leather City.” The company occupies a 100,000-square-foot factory and it has been its home since 1984.

Bahman’s daughter, Sara Irvani, took over the family business in 2017 and has continued her father’s sustainable practice by using 100% recyclable and made-in-the-USA materials. Today, the company has 200 employees and produces about 1.2 million pairs of flip flops and sandals a year.

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Okabashi’s products are divided into three brands: the flagship Okabashi, which usually attracts customers that are over 40 and are concerned about foot health; Oka-B, a higher-end line of stylish, comfy shoes for boutiques, spas, and hotels; and Third Oak, which targets millennials.

7. Wolverine

Wolverine shoe brand is part of Wolverine World Wide Inc., a public traded American footwear manufacturer based in Rockford, Michigan. It is also known for its other brands, including Hush Puppies and Merrell, and for manufacturing footwear for other firms, including Caterpillar, Harley-Davidson, Saucony, Sperry, Keds, and Stride Rite.

From a small leather tannery in 1883, Wolverine founder G.A. Krause eventually started producing work boots that are famous for comfort and durability. By 1903, G.A. and his sons were already producing 300 boots a day and processing their own raw materials.

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The company is famous for its Original 1000 Mile boot, which was first introduced in 1910. It was popular among workers as it was crafted from soft, pliable, and long-lasting shell horsehide leather.

Nearly 140 years later, Wolverine is still using the same handcrafting method for their shoes. And although its 1000 Mile boot is now being crafted from full-grain cowhide, it remains to be the brand’s iconic footwear. As its name suggests, it is designed to give wearers a thousand miles of wear.

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You can shop for Wolverine shoes at Zappos and Wolverine’s website.

8. Red Wing Shoe Co.

Founded by Charles H. Beckman in 1905, Red Wing Shoes was the primary shoe manufacturer for American soldiers during World War 1.

The brand is known for its leather boots designed for heavy work, but it later expanded its line to include athletic-style work shoes and shoes for specific jobs, including slip-resistant shoes for the service industry. It also produces oxfords, chukkas, hiking boots, logger work boots, and 6-inch and 8-inch work boots.

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In 2008, Red Wing Shoes added a Heritage collection that features more fashion-oriented shoes.

All shoes from Red Wing Shoes are handmade in America using American materials at the company’s plant in Red Wing, Minnesota. The company also has plants in Potosi, Missouri, and Danville, Kentucky.

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Red Wing Shoes is available at Farfetch, Zappos, and on their website.

9. Sloggers

Sloggers started as Coffey-Hoyt Products in 1948, with the company inventing the first clear plastic overshoe, called Drizzle Boots, which became popular over the years.

Nearly 50 years later, in 1997, the first Sloggers were made and Sloggers shoe brand became the first shoe to be sold in lawn and garden stores.

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In 2015, it launched a recycling program, wherein customers can return their worn-out Sloggers shoes and “Sloggers will grind them up and put them back into a new pair.”

The company’s waterproof shoes and boots are made in America, with a plant in Los Angeles, California that can produce up to 4,000 pairs a day. Today, the family-owned company continues its commitment to quality and creating jobs for American workers.

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You can visit Sloggers website to purchase their shoes.

10. Lucchese

Known for their cowboy boots, Lucchese was founded in 1883 by Salvatore and Joseph Lucchese, Italian immigrants who moved to San Antonio, Texas to set up a boot-making shop.

Their main customer was the United States Army stationed in Fort Sam Houston. But by the 1940s, celebrities, including late actors Bing Crosby, Gregory Peck, and Gary Cooper, and then-president Lyndon B. Johnson, were seen wearing Lucchese boots.

In 1987, the company moved from San Antonio to El Paso, Texas, where it remains headquartered to this day.

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In 2000, Lucchese released its limited edition 125th Anniversary Boot, with only 125 pairs produced, sold for $12,500 per pair. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was among those who purchased a pair of the Anniversary boot.

Lucchese then expanded its line of footwear in 2014, with the launch of the Lucchese Collection. The luxurious fashion footwear line includes stilettos, dress shoes, chukkas, and high-heeled boots and sandals, handmade by Lucchese artisans in El Paso, Texas, and Tuscany, Italy.

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You can find Lucchese shoes and boots at Lucchese, Zappos, and Amazon.

11. Keen Utility

Outdoor footwear and lifestyle company KEEN was founded by Martin Keen in Alameda, California, but later relocated to Portland, Oregon, where it is still headquartered.

The company initially produced sailing and outdoor footwear, but later expanded to a variety of styles, including casual and cold-weather footwear and safety work footwear, as well as bags and clothing.

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Although Keen’s materials are sourced globally, its factory, which is located less than five minutes from their Portland headquarter, is manned by local craftsmen.

Keen has been a fast-growing company since it was established in 2003. In 2009, it had estimated sales of $130 million to $140 million. And in 2011, its revenue reached approximately $240 million.

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You can buy KEEN shoes and sandals at KEEN, Zappos, and Nordstrom.

12. Danner

Danner has been making work, duty, and hiking boots in the US for nearly 90 years now.

The company was founded in Wisconsin by Charles Danner in 1932 but relocated the operations to Portland in 1936 after hearing about the thriving timber trade in the Pacific Northwest.

The brand became one of the premier manufacturers of calked logging boots in the region and has since earned a reputation for its high-quality, tough, and reliable boot designs.

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Throughout the 1970s, the company focused on producing mid-weight hiking boots and released the 6490 boot, which weighs just under four pounds.

Following the success of the 6490 boot, Danner created the first fully waterproof hiking boot with Gore-Tex lining, called Danner Light, in 1979.

Today, Danner’s operations remain in the US and it continues its commitment to delivering quality and meticulously inspected boots.

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You can find Danner boots at Zappos, Farfetch, Amazon, and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

13. Esquivel

George Esquivel is a top shoe designer and craftsman that has a long list of celebrity clients. He has worked with Brad Pitt, Maddona, LeBron James, Elon Musk, Emma Stone, Gwen Stefani, and more.

The footwear designer has been making shoes in his Southern California garage since the mid-1990s, but it wasn’t until 2001 that he founded his footwear company, Esquivel.

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His original styles were inspired by music and cars. He has also released collections inspired by the workers who built the Empire State Building, by the architecture and art of Canadian-born architect Frank Gehry, and by Austrian painter Egon Schiele.

The brand focuses on making custom and made-to-measure leather shoes, but he also has ready-to-wear styles available at some retail stores.

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His shoe collections are handcrafted in Southern California by a group of artisans, with prices ranging from $225 for ready-made sandals to over a thousand for boots. He also has a collection of oxfords, sneakers, mules, and chukkas on his website.

14. Mark Albert Boots

Mark Albert Boots is considered as one of the best among the new wave of footwear manufacturers. It was founded in 2016 by Mark Albert Barbera, the great-grandson of Italian master shoemaker and immigrant, Joseph Barbera.

Mark Albert’s great-grandfather worked as a cobbler in his Somerset shop, and he passed on his shoemaking techniques to the manufacturer that is now creating all Mark Albert Boots footwear.

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The company is focused on producing durable, quality shoes and boots in its factory in Somerset, Pennsylvania. It has about 50 employees that use the highest quality materials and construction methods to create comfortable and long-lasting footwear designs.

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You can shop for Mark Albert Boots online and in stores across America.

15. Parkhurst

Like Mark Albert Boots, Parkhurst is a new shoe company that is helping to restore the shoe manufacturing industry in the US. It was founded by a former stock trading analyst, Andrew Svisco, in Buffalo, New York in November 2018.

The company offers boots and shoes made of high-quality materials sourced from American suppliers. Andrew uses leather hides from tier 1 North American free-range cattle that live in the US.

And if he needs an item that’s not made in America, he makes sure to purchase from a US-based supplier instead of buying directly from an overseas company.

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For instance, Parkhurst’s trademark kudu leather, which is tanned at England’s C.F. Stead tannery, is purchased from a US-based supplier. The same goes for the label’s Dainite soles, which are made in the UK.

While manufacturing locally costs more, Andrew thinks “it’s worth it to support an American job in every part of the sourcing process in this global economy.”

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You can buy Parkhurst shoes and boots on its website and at local boutiques on the East Coast.

16. Nicks Boots

Nicks Boots, also known as Nicks Handmade Boots, is a manufacturer of handmade leather boots and shoes founded in 1964 in Spokane, Washington.

The company uses a 500-year-old European technology to craft its shoes, sans the use of welting machines, for a custom feel.

The welts are, instead, sewn by hand to the toe vamp leather through a grooved channel on the bottom side of the inner sole using an awl and a special waxed thread.

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Nicks also uses McKay Construction for those who are most likely to fit into a stock boot size.

Although Nicks is famous for its work boots, with wildland firefighters as their largest customers, the company also offers casual shoes, which are made in the same technique as its other boots.

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After 56 years, Nicks still produces shoes and boots in the USA, continuing the same handmade tradition with the use of premium leather and materials sourced only from America.

Aside from their website, you can also get Nicks Boots at Huckberry.

17. Wesco

Wesco is short for West Coast Shoe Company. The American shoe manufacturer was founded in 1918 in Scappoose, Oregon, and it still manufactures its boots and shoes in a factory in Columbia county.

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The company specializes in work boots used by linemen, loggers, wildland firefighters, bikers, and even alpine climbers. It eventually expanded its line to casual footwear, which can also be customized for a perfect fit.

Every Wesco shoe is made from top quality, full-grain leather material, using a 155 step-by-step process.

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You can find Wesco boots on their website and Baker’s Boots and Clothing.

18. Oak Street Bootmakers

Oak Street Bootmakers is a Chicago-based footwear manufacturer that aims to preserve the heritage of shoemaking in the United States.

It was founded in 2010 by George Vlagos, a second-generation cobbler who apprenticed at his father’s shop during his early years.

Embracing craftsmanship and heritage, the company’s entire footwear and accessories are 100% handcrafted in the US by shoemakers with over 20 years of experience.

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Oak Street shoes and boots are made from carefully sourced high-quality materials, including the local Horween Chromexcel leather and the replaceable Goodyear-welted soles.

Each Oak Street shoe is also fully recraftable, which means the shoes are designed to be repaired. The outsoles and insoles can be replaced again and again and still provide the same traction and comfort as a brand new pair.

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Visit Oak Street Bootmakers’ website to purchase their boots.

19. White’s Boots

White’s Boots was founded in the 1850s as a family business that manufactured boots for loggers in Virginia.

The company relocated to St. Maries, Idaho in 1902 and settled in Spokane, Washington in 1915. Following the relocation, White’s Boots flourished and became popular among loggers, construction workers, and Wildland firefighters.

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In 2014, the company was sold to LaCrosse Footwear, which is also the owner of Danner Boots, and part of the deal was to preserve its manufacturing process in its Spokane Valley factory.

Up to this day, White’s Boots has maintained its focus on the quality of each of its boot, using the finest materials and craftsmanship.

White’s boots are also rebuildable, which means the company’s craftsmen can replace every worn-out component of the boot, except the upper quarters, at a fraction of the cost of a brand new pair.

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You can get White’s Boots at Baker’s Boots & Clothing and on their website.

20. Truman Boot Company

Influenced by American workwear, heritage tradecraft, and western culture, Truman Boot Company produces boots that are crafted by skilled bootmakers in the Pacific Northwest.

While it is currently based in Boulder, Colorado, the company was founded in rural Pennsylvania by Vince Romano in 2014.

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Truman Boot Company makes just about 1,000 pairs of boots annually.

But while they work in small batches and only have a handful of boot styles, they make use of an array of unique leathers, such as the java waxed flesh, rambler leather, waxy mohawk, moose leather, bison leather, and horse rump leather.

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You can buy Truman Boot Co boots, oxfords, and derby shoes on their website.

21. Thursday Boot Company

Founded by Nolan Walsh and Connor Wilson in 2014, Thursday Boot Co. is a relatively new shoe company based in New York City.

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The company is known for its high-quality, lasting footwear designs at affordable prices. Thursday offers boots that have clean and timeless designs, handcrafted by highly skilled artisans using premium materials, like Horween Chromexcel leather, veg-chrome tanned leather, and WeatherSafe suede.

Not all Thursday boots are made in the USA. However, their famous Vanguard line and other accessories are 100% domestically crafted.

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Check out the Thursday Boot Co. website to purchase their boots.

22. Chippewa

Chippewa is an American boot label that dates back to 1901 in downtown Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. It initially catered to loggers but eventually focused on engineers, soldiers, firemen, pilots, and other professions.

Known for its fine quality footwear made by skilled craftsmen, Chippewa was the first bootmaker to produce boots in America with Italian Vibram soles.

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In 1984, Chippewa was acquired by Justin Brands, which was later purchased by Berkshire Hathaway in August 2000.

To this day, the heritage and philosophy of Chippewa remain, with the production of high-quality, long-lasting work and lifestyle boots.

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Aside from their website, you can also purchase Chippewa boots at Zappos and Amazon.

23. Role Club

Founded by Brian the Bootmaker, Role Club is a new L.A.-based footwear brand that specializes in engineered boot styles.

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Brian was trained by Ignacio Palacios, a shoe repair shop owner, in 2010, and was first taught how to deconstruct old boots.

His “deep passion and obsession with aging leather” pushed him to learn the art of boot making and produce the finest boot designs; thus, establishing his own shoe brand, Role Club.

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You can get Role Club boots by filling out the Boot Inquiry Form on their website.

24. Double H Boots

Known for its Western boots, Double-H Boots was founded in Richland, Pennsylvania by the H.H. Brown Shoe Company in 1955.

It was originally named the Richland Shoe Co. but was changed to Double-H in 1993 to reflect the company heritage of shoemaker Henry H. Brown.

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The Richland factory was the first in the U.S. to manufacture western boots with a safety toe. When computerized stitching machines hit the shoe market, they expanded their line to dress western boots.

Today, their casual and fashion lines are produced overseas, but the majority of their work and dress western boots are manufactured at their production facility in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania.

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Visit their website or go to Amazon to buy their western boots.

25. Earth Runners

Earth Runners is an outdoor minimalist sandals company founded by Mike Dally in 2012. It has a factory in the San Francisco Bay Area that makes use of the highest quality eco-friendly materials.

Inspired by the Tarahumara Native American Indians of Northwestern Mexico, Earth Runners prides itself on making minimalist sandals that offer the closest thing to going barefoot.

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The brand’s comfortable and primal-approved adventure sandals are crafted from vegan materials. They also promote physical health by enhancing the body’s natural connection to earth using their grounded conductive laces, which recreate the primal experience of being barefoot.

This technology is believed to increase energy, decrease brain fog, lower inflammation, improve sleep, and help in speedy recovery.

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Aside from their adventure sandals, they also have lifestyle sandals, apparel, and other accessories, which you can buy on their website.

26. Island Slipper

Island Slipper is a family-owned business that has been making slippers by hand in Hawaii since the 1940s.

The company started making slipper soles from old tires at a factory in the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu in 1946. Nearly 15 years later, it reached the mainland market, with wooden clog heels as one of its most popular products.

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In the 1990s, Island Slippers developed a new slipper designed for all-day wear, setting a new industry standard for quality slippers. It then expanded its market to resort and island communities in the Caribbean, Central America, and the South Pacific.

To meet the growing market demand, the company moved its operations to a larger factory in Pearl City in 2000.

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Today, Island Slippers has three retail outlets in Hawaii: at the Ward Warehouse in Honolulu, in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center in Waikiki, and in the new Bloomingdale’s wing at Ala Moana Center.

Visit Island Slipper’s website to see more of its collection.

27. SOM Footwear

SOM Footwear started when metal worker and avid cross-fitter, Olivier Marchal, experienced back pain that stopped him in his tracks. He read Christopher McDowell’s Born to Run book and, like Earth Runners, was inspired by the minimalist footwear of the Tarahumara Indians.

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Disappointed with the availability of minimal footwear on the market, Olivier created his own footwear line right in the USA. And in 2012, SOM was born.

SOM or Sense of Motion manufactures one pair of shoes at a time at the company’s factory in Montrose, Colorado, making just about 35 pairs a week. Their barefoot-inspired shoes match the natural shape of the foot and have wide toe boxes and zero-drop soles.

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Aside from their technical shoes, SOM Footwear also has casual sneakers available on their website.

28. Mohop

Architect Annie Mohaupt established Mohop, an eco-friendly fashion company, in Chicago, Illinois in 2005.

Combining cutting-edge technology, traditional artisanal techniques, and sustainably-sourced materials, Mohop produces not just quality hand-made shoes but also bags and other fashion accessories.

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It’s the first company to digitally fabricate mass-customizable footwear and accessories by combining 3D digital fabrication with emerging body scanning technology to create custom fit products.

Aside from creating sustainable shoes and accessories, one of their goals is to bring fashion manufacturing back to the US.

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You can get Mohop high heels, mid and low clogs, as well as wedge sandals on its website.

29. Piper Sandals

The Piper Sandal Company is a family-owned business founded by Dave Piper in 1971 in Cocoa, Florida.

Eight years later, the company moved to San Antonio, Texas, where it remains headquartered until this day.

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The company has two styles—The Original and The Slip-On—and each features a one-piece fully adjustable leather strap that provides a perfect fit, Vibram outsoles, orthopedic foam insoles, and arch support.

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What makes Piper Sandals more interesting is that they can replace the straps for free. They can also resole the bottom soles for just half the price of a new pair.

Check out Piper Sandals to learn more about their products.

30. Salpy

In an effort to bring back shoe manufacturing to the US, the husband-and-wife team Salpy and Kevork Kalaidijan founded the Salpy brand in Los Angeles in 2000.

Salpy comes from a background in fashion buying and sales, while Kevork descends from generations of shoemakers. And together, they established the brand that reflects Salpy’s effortlessly chic style.

Salpy Chelsea Carved Wood Heeled SandalsSalpy Chelsea Carved Wood Heeled Sandals

Ensuring quality, the shoes are cut, stitched, carved painted, and polished by hand by skilled craftsmen artisans in the company’s small knit factory in Southern California.

Designed with longevity in mind, Salpy uses durable materials and timeless patterns and shapes.

Salpy Bellamy Slide SandalsSalpy Bellamy Slide Sandals

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