Love shoes? Then read about these 8 amazing black owned luxury shoe brands you will fall head over heels with.

  1. AMINAH ABDUL JILLIL

AMINAH ABDUL JILLIL is a luxury shoe brand launched in August 2012. Aminah’s shoes are known for a bold yet feminine design aesthetic, including high heels, colourful leathers and jewellery-like details. The designer was born in Anchorage, Alaska but started her career as a dancer in Los Angeles, performing with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Britney Spears and Janet Jackson.

The brand has grown and is now sold in over 50 countries, mostly through brand partnerships with premier luxury fashion retailers like Harvey Nichols and Level Shoes. In 2019, Aminah was awarded ’Accessory Designer Of The Year’ by ESSENCE Magazine.

  1. BROTHER VELLIES

Toronto native and New York resident Aurora James founded BROTHER VELLIES with two specific goals: to introduce her favorite traditional African footwear to the rest of the world, and to create and sustain artisanal jobs in Africa. Handmade in South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia and Morocco, Brother Vellies shoes maintain the spirit and durability of their ancestral counterparts.

All of the BROTHER VELLIES workshops in Kenya are open spaces that welcome artisans of all genders, sexual orientation, backgrounds, and tribes. A winner of the 2015 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and part of the 2016-2018 CFDA {Fashion Incubator}, Aurora James now finds herself traveling to and throughout Africa regularly to work with the local artisans, experience the diverse culture of the continent, and unearth new inspirations for the brand.

  1. KAHMUNE

KAHMUNE is on a mission to cater for all women, offering their collection of shoes in 10 different skin tones. The founder Jamela A Acheampong was hit with inspiration through frustration in 2016, when she noticed that the colour ‘nude’ was widely perceived as a colour to match light skin tones. She started experimenting with paint and coloured her white pumps to match her skin tone, the rest is history. When speaking about her brand, she stated: ‘Our color palette is inspired by the diverse regions of the world. Each shade is named after the women whose skin tones have inspired us throughout this journey. Each style is named after a different woman who has played a pivotal role in our founder’s life.’

  1. SHEKUDO

Founded in Sydney Australia, SHEKUDO began as a women’s clothing brand, built on heritage, life experiences and a wearable art aesthetic. Now under the sole creative direction of Akudo Iheakanwa, the brand relaunched into footwear and accessories moving its base across the Indian Ocean to commence production in Lagos, Nigeria. With an aim to source materials and produce locally, each item is responsibly made with traceable origins. The outcome? African heritage reworked into modern, wearable shoes for women around the globe. You can find the made-to-order brand at Koibird in the UK and The Folklore in the US, to name a few.

  1. KENDALL MILES

‘Luxury shoes that transform women’ is how founder Kendall Reynolds presents her shoes. The designer founded her label KENDAL MILES straight out of college and has in five years built a name for herself. Designed in Los Angeles, it is manufactured in Florence using the finest leathers and exotic skins. Her signature styles include the pictured ‘Posh’ pumps and her fans Rihanna and Vanessa Hudgens adore her shoes. 

  1. SALONE MONET

Salone Monet learned shoe making in Brooklyn NY, where she made her first pair of nude heels from scratch. She has since grown her brand SALONE MONET and expanded her collection to six shades in her three signature, wearable styles and counts Beyoncé as one of her loyal fans. 

Monet, who has make a name for itself championing ‘Nude is not a colour’, has her shoes manufactured in Italy and has a passion for making heels that compliment the feminine physique and that work with everything in a woman’s closet.

  1. LOZA MALÉOMBHO

The brand was established in 2009 by Brazil native Loza Maléombho, who designed shoes from an early age. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation at the University of the Arts of Philadelphia, Maléombho took on several internships at New York City’s top fashion designer houses before starting a brand of her own.

Loza Maléombho is now based in Côte d’Ivoire in West Africa where production of her collections takes place. Mixing Ivorian tribal aesthetics with New York City’s urban trends is what inspires the designers’ colourful designs that have Beyonce and Kelly Rowland as fans.

  1. TITI ADESA

This footwear brand, founded by Titi Adesanya (who divides her time between Lagos and London) drips in glamour. Made in Milan, the heels are high and the scallop-details and ankle straps are classically sexy. Created for the contemporary woman with a youthful essence, the brand launched in August 2019 and has since been worn and adorned by all-round fascinating women.

The brand also has a clear ethos: to celebrate women, with a distinctive, specially designed ‘tilted diamond’ logo. The rose gold logo can be seen on every sole and embodies a philosophy which Titi learnt from her mother growing up: ‘Within every woman, lies a diamond – unique, resilient and imperfectly perfect.’