Made in USA Shoes: 31 American Brands Worth Your Support

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Globalization has caught up with the footwear industry. Offshore manufacturing has risen in popularity over the last few decades.

More and more companies have started halting United States-based production to transfer production processes overseas to countries with cheaper labor costs. This results in profitability and competitiveness.

There are plenty of American footwear brands manufacturing shoes in the United States using American materialsThere are plenty of American footwear brands manufacturing shoes in the United States using American materials (Credit: Paseven / Shutterstock)

According to the United Nations Statistics Division, China is the world’s manufacturing powerhouse, accounting for 28 percent of global manufacturing output in 2018.

The cost of manufacturing in China is significantly lower than that of manufacturing domestically. While it may be cost-effective to produce goods overseas, the increased tariffs imposed by former President Donald Trump on consumer goods from China — which is the major exporter of footwear to the U.S. — could turn the tables and encourage domestic manufacturing.

While there used to be many more, there are still some American shoe brands and designers making shoes in the United StatesWhile there used to be many more, there are still some American shoe brands and designers making shoes in the United States (Credit: DegrooteStock / Shutterstock)

Before globalization, the United States was a manufacturing powerhouse, home to numerous domestic shoemakers, manufacturers, and production facilities.

Although offshore manufacturing has dramatically affected the shoe industry, several American shoe brands continue to produce their products within the U.S. borders. Buy 100 percent “Made in the USA” shoes to support American craftsmanship.

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

1. Alden Shoe Company: A Legacy of American Shoemaking

The 19th century saw the birth of the New England shoe industry. Alden is one of the few remaining New England shoe companies founded during the height of the 19th century.

The Alden Shoe Company was founded by Charles H. Alden in Middleborough, Massachusetts, in 1884.It is a heritage, family-owned brand with about 100 workers who are part of the second or third-generation family.

The only original shoe and bootmaker remaining in New England, Alden dress shoes have been made in the USA by skilled shoemakers in Middleborough, Massachusetts, since 1884The only original shoe and bootmaker remaining in New England, Alden dress shoes have been made in the USA by skilled shoemakers in Middleborough, Massachusetts, since 1884 (Credit: Solkanar / Shutterstock)

While a combination of the Great Depression and overseas manufacturing led to the downfall of many of those New England shoe manufacturers, Alden survived multiple historic events and continues to manufacture high-quality dress shoes and orthopedic and medical footwear in Massachusetts.

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

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

2. Quoddy: Resilience and Tradition in New England Shoemaking

Quoddy is another New England company that has mostly stood the test of time.

The Maine-based 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 Shorey, purchased the company in 1995 and revived the brand three years later as Quoddy Footwear, LLC in Maine.

Even though the Shorey family isn’t related to the Spiegel family, Kevin’s great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were all shoemakers.

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While Quoddy tries to keep as much of its sourcing and production in the U.S. as possible, none of the brand’s shoes are made completely in the U.S. due to quality sourcing issues.

“Some soles are made in Italy, the laces in Mexico, and the leather comes from Chicago,” he said.

Every Quoddy shoe — including the penny loafers, boat shoes, chukka boots, oxfords, and blucher shoes — is fashioned from the brand’s iconic moccasin style.

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

3. Maine Mountain Moccasin: New Beginnings in American Shoemaking

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 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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4. Rancourt & Company: A Family Legacy in Maine’s Shoe Industry

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 shoemaking trade. He opened his own factory in Maine in 1967 and was joined by his eldest son, Michael, in 1970.

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Rancourt started out as a contract manufacturer. The family later sold the company to one of its 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 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. SAS: Comfort and Craftsmanship in Texas-Made Shoes

San Antonio Shoemakers, also known as SAS, is a family-owned footwear company founded by Terry Armstrong and Kew Hayden in Texas in 1976.

The company conducts most of its shoe operations in two Texas-based factories: San Antonio and Del Rio.

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SAS specializes in comfortable hand-crafted shoes. The brand sells a variety of styles, including flip-flops, slides, loafers, pumps, boots and sneakers.

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

6. Okabashi: A Journey of Sustainability and Comfort in Footwear

Okabashi was named after the Japanese principles of reflexology and inspired by foot health and wellness.

The brand’s plastic flip-flops and sandals are designed to provide comfort with active arch support and massage beads that hit the pressure points on the wearer’s feet.

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

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The company has occupied a 100,000-square-foot factory in “Leather City” Buford, Georgia, 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 percent recyclable materials made in the U.S.

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: A Century of Durable Footwear Craftsmanship

The Wolverine shoe brand is part of Wolverine World Wide Inc., a publicly traded American footwear manufacturer based in Rockford, Michigan.

Wolverine World Wide Inc. is also known for its other brands, including Hush Puppies and Merrell. The manufacturer also produces footwear for other firms, including Caterpillar, Harley-Davidson, Saucony, Sperry, Keds and Stride Rite.

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

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The company is famous for its Original 1000 Mile boot, 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 still uses the same handcrafting method for its shoes. Although the signature 1000 Mile boot is now crafted from full-grain cowhide, it remains the brand’s staple product.

As its name suggests, it is designed to give wearers a thousand miles of use.

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

8. Red Wing Shoe Co.: A Century of Sturdy American-Made Boots

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

The brand is known for leather boots designed for heavy work but also offers athletic-style work shoes and shoes focused on laborious jobs, such as slip-resistant shoes for service industry workers.

Red Wing 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 debuted a Heritage collection that features more fashion-oriented shoes.

All Red Wing Shoes 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 products are available at Farfetch, Zappos, and on their website.

9. Sloggers: Eco-Friendly and Functional Footwear

Sloggers started as Coffey-Hoyt Products in 1948, when the company invented the first clear plastic overshoe, “Drizzle Boots,” which became popular over the years.

Roughly 50 years later, in 1997, Sloggers debuted its rain and garden boots and became the first shoe to be sold in lawn and garden stores.

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The brand also focuses on sustainability.

Sloggers launched a recycling program in 2015, which allows customers to 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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10. Lucchese: A Tradition of Exquisite Cowboy Boots

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

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The shop originally catered heavily to members of the U.S. Army stationed nearby in Fort Sam Houston. But by the 1940s, celebrities — including late actors Bing Crosby, Gregory Peck, 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: Blending Global Materials with American Manufacturing

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 footwear for sailing and other outdoor recreation activities. Still, it 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, located less than five minutes from the brand’s Portland headquarters, is manned by local craftsmen.

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Keen has been growing fast 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: Nearly a Century of Robust Bootmaking

Danner has been making work, duty, and hiking boots in the U.S. for almost 90 years. The company was founded in Wisconsin by Charles Danner in 1932 but relocated operations to Portland in 1936 due to the thriving timber trade in the Pacific Northwest.

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

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Danner spent the 1970s focusing on producing mid-weight hiking boots and released the 6490 boot, which weighs just under four pounds. Nine years after the success of the 6490 boot, Danner created the first fully waterproof hiking boot, made with Gore-Tex lining, called Danner Light.

Danner’s operations remain in the U.S. today, and the company continues its commitment to delivering quality-made and meticulously-inspected boots.

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

13. Esquivel: Artistry and Customization in Footwear Design

George Esquivel is a top shoe designer and craftsman with 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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George’s original styles were inspired by music and cars. He has also released art-inspired collections, which draw inspiration from workers who built the Empire State Building, Canadian-born architect Frank Gehry, and Austrian painter Egon Schiele.

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

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Esquivel shoes are hand-crafted in southern California by a group of artisans. Prices range from $225 for ready-made sandals to over $1,000 for boots.

Esquivel also features a collection of oxfords, sneakers, mules and chukkas on the brand’s website.

14. Mark Albert Boots: A New Era of Quality Shoemaking

Mark Albert Boots may be a new brand, but it definitely doesn’t lack in quality. The brand 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, and all designs use the highest quality materials and construction methods to create comfortable and long-lasting footwear.

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

15. Parkhurst: Reviving American Shoe Manufacturing

Like Mark Albert Boots, Parkhurst is a new shoe company prioritizing the restoration of domestic shoe manufacturing in the U.S.

It was founded in November 2018 in Buffalo, New York, by former stock trading analyst Andrew Svisco. The company offers boots and shoes made of high-quality materials sourced from American suppliers. Andrew uses leather hides from top-tier North American free-range cattle raised in the U.S.

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

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For instance, Parkhurst’s trademark kudu leather, tanned at England’s C.F. Stead tannery, is purchased from a U.S.-based supplier. The same goes for the label’s Dainite soles 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 via the brand’s website and at local boutiques on the East Coast.

16. Nicks Boots: Handcrafted Tradition in American Bootmaking

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 500-year-old European technology to craft its shoes, without the use of welding 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 most likely to fit into a stock boot size. While Nicks is famous for work boots — particularly wildland firefighting boots — the company also offers casual shoes, made with the same technique as its other boots.

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After 56 years, Nicks still produces shoes and boots in the U.S. Nicks proudly continues its tradition of crafting handmade products using premium leather and materials sourced domestically.

You can get your own pair of Nicks boots from the brand’s website, or at Huckberry.

17. Wesco: A Century of Specialty Boot Crafting

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.

Wesco 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 both the brand’s website and Baker’s Boots and Clothing.

18. Oak Street Bootmakers: Heritage and Craftsmanship in Footwear

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.

Oak Street Bootmakers embraces craftsmanship and heritage. All of the companies footwear and accessory products are 100 percent handcrafted in the U.S. by shoemakers with more than 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: A Legacy of Durability and Craftsmanship

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

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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White’s was sold to LaCrosse Footwear in 2014, which is also the owner of Danner Boots. Part of the sales deal was to preserve the brand’s manufacturing process in its Spokane Valley factory.

White’s Boots has maintained its focus on the quality of each 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: Boutique Craftsmanship in Footwear

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

The company is currently based in Boulder, Colorado, but was originally founded in rural Pennsylvania by Vince Romano in 2014.

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

But while the company works in small batches and only has a handful of boot styles, bootmakers 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 the company’s website.

21. Thursday Boot Company: Modern Design Meets Traditional Craft

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

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The company is known for offering high-quality, lasting footwear designs at affordable prices. Thursday boots feature clean and timeless designs, and are handcrafted by highly skilled artisans.

Bootmakers at Thursday use premium materials, like Horween Chromexcel leather, veg-chrome tanned leather and WeatherSafe suede.

Not all Thursday boots are made in the U.S., but the company’s hallmark Vanguard line and other accessories are 100 percent domestically crafted.

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Check out the Thursday Boot Company website to purchase your own pair of Thursday boots.

22. Chippewa: Over a Century of Footwear Excellence

Chippewa is an American boot label that dates back to 1901. It was founded in downtown Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and initially catered to loggers before shifting its focus to engineers, soldiers, firemen, pilots and other professions.

Chippewa is known for its fine quality footwear made by skilled craftsmen, and 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, and the production of high-quality, long-lasting work and lifestyle boots continues.

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In addition to the Chippewa website, you can also purchase these boots at both Zappos and Amazon.

23. Role Club: Custom Boot Craftsmanship in L.A.

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

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Brian developed a “deep passion and obsession with aging leather” after training with Ignacio Palacios, a shoe repair shop owner, in 2010.

After learning how to deconstruct old boots, Brian delved into the art of bootmaking before establishing his shoe brand, Role Club.

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

24. Double-H Boots: Western Heritage and Innovation

Double-H Boots, known for its Western-style 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, Double-H expanded its line to dress western boots.

Today, Double-H’s casual and fashion lines are produced overseas, but the majority of its work and dress western boots are manufactured at a production facility in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania.

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Visit the Double-H website or go to Amazon to buy your own pair of Western boots.

25. Earth Runners: Connecting with Nature Through Minimalist Sandals

Earth Runners is an outdoor minimalist sandal company founded by Mike Dally in 2012. It has a factory in the San Francisco Bay Area that uses 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.

Earth Runners promotes physical health by enhancing the body’s natural connection to earth. The brand touts its grounded conductive laces, which aim to recreate the primal experience of being barefoot.

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

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Aside from adventure sandals, Earth Runners also has lifestyle sandals, apparel, and other accessories, which you can buy on the brand’s website.

26. Island Slipper: Handcrafted Hawaiian Heritage

Island Slipper is a family-owned business that has been making slippers by hand in Hawaii since 1946.

The company started making slipper soles from old tires at a factory in the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu. About 15 years later, Island Slippers reached the mainland market.

Wooden clog heels became one of the brand’s most popular products.

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In the 1990s, Island Slippers developed a new slipper for all-day wear. 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: Minimalist Design for Maximum Comfort

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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Olivier quickly grew frustrated with the lack of minimal footwear on the market and swiftly created his own U.S.-based footwear line, SOM, in 2012.

SOM, short for 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. The brand’s 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 its technical shoes, SOM Footwear also has casual sneakers available on its website.

28. Mohop: Innovative, Eco-Friendly Fashion Footwear

Architect Annie Mohaupt started eco-friendly fashion company Mohop in 2005. The brand, which has its roots in Chicago, combines cutting-edge technology, traditional artisanal techniques, and sustainably sourced materials.

In addition to handmade shoes, Mohop also produces bags and other fashion accessories.

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So, what exactly is the cutting-edge technology Mohop boasts?

The brand digitally fabricates mass-customizable footwear and accessories by combining 3D digital fabrication with emerging body scanning technology.

In addition to creating sustainable shoes and accessories, Mohop also aspires to bring fashion manufacturing back to the U.S.

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You can get Mohop high heels, mid and low clogs, as well as wedge sandals on the brand’s website.

29. Piper Sandals: Custom Comfort from a Family Legacy

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.

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

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Piper Sandals will also replace old or worn-out straps for free. The company will also resole the bottom soles for just half the price of a new pair.

Check out Piper Sandals to learn more about the brand’s products.

30. Salpy: Artisanal Elegance in Footwear Design

Husband-and-wife team Salpy and Kevork Kalaidijan founded the Los Angeles-based Salpy brand in 2000 intending to bring shoe manufacturing back to the U.S.

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

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All Salpy shoes are cut, stitched, carved, painted and polished by hand at the company’s small knit factory in Southern California.

Durable materials and timeless patterns and shapes ensure that these shoes will remain functional for years after purchase.

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You can visit Salpy Shoes for more shoe designs from this husband-wife duo.

31. New Balance: Commitment to Domestic Footwear Production

Founded in 1906 as the New Balance Arch Support Company, the iconic American sports footwear and apparel manufacturer has never stopped making footwear in the United States.

In March 2022, the company opened a new factory in Methuen, Essex County, Massachusetts, that employs around 90 people. It’s the company’s sixth plant in the United States.

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“The closer we can have it to our consumer, the better,” Dave Wheeler, the company’s chief operating officer, told WSJ about New Balance’s popular MADE in USA Collection. The company makes or assembles “more than 4 million pairs of athletic footwear per year in the USA.”