This article showcases our top picks for the best New York based Shoes and Sneaker companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Shoes and Sneaker industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top New York Shoes and Sneaker Companies
Bonobos is a clothing brand focused on delivering great fit, excellent customer experience, and a fun approach to menswear. Launched online in 2007 with its signature line of better-fitting men’s pants, Bonobos is now the largest apparel brand ever built on the web in the United States.
In 2011 Bonobos extended offline, launching Bonobos Guideshops, e-commerce stores that deliver personalized, one-to-one service to those wanting to experience the brand in person. In 2012, Bonobos expanded its distribution partnering with Nordstrom, bringing Bonobos apparel into select doors nationwide and to Nordstrom.com.
Across channels, Bonobos is focused on delivering a well-targeted brand promise: world-class fit, innovative shopping experience, and an energetic brand spirit. Bonobos was named “One of America’s Hottest Brands” by Advertising Age, “Best Men’s Pants” by New York Magazine, one of Inc.
Magazine’s “20 Awesome Facebook Pages” and was awarded Crain’s “Best Places to Work in New York City” in 2011 and 2013.. .
Tamara Mellon offers apparel and accessories for women. It offers shoes, including sandals, boots, pumps, flats, and legging boots; bags and accessories; and ready to wear solutions, such as dresses, jumpsuits and rompers, tops and knitwear, pants and skirts, and jackets and outerwear.
Tamara Mellon sells its products through retail and online stores in the United States and internationally. Jill Layfield and Tamara Mellon founded in 2011, with its headquarters in New York City..
Universal Standard is a operator of an online platform to break the fashion stereotypes and provide women’s clothing.
SOLS is a software platform and mobile application that enables users to design and purchase customized orthotics for their feet. To date, the company has launched two products: SOLSRx, medical-grade 3D printed orthotics, and ExoSOLS, direct to consumer custom insoles.
SOLS is now leveraging its patented footwear customization software to attack the footwear industry’s biggest problem, shoe size-related returns. Founded in 2013, SOLS uses state of the art computer vision and machine learning to improve the fit and function of footwear.
The company is backed by blue-chip investors like Founders Fund, Lux Capital, and Tenaya Capital and located in New York City.. .
Sarah Flint is an American luxury brand dedicated to quality and attention to detail. The company specializes in offering silhouettes, flats, sandals, pumps, and boots for women via their online and offline stores.
Sarah Flint’s shoes are made with fit and function in mind for women who are out in the world with places to be and things to accomplish. Sarah Flint was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in New York, NY, United States.
Well Crafted, Honestly Priced Men’s Dress Shoes. While driven to keep their retail pricing down, they are unwaveringly committed to quality materials and to the labor intensive, age-old craft of fine shoe making.
To stay true to this promise of providing quality products at justified prices, they’ve made it their business to work tirelessly along-side a small, incredible team to sell their products direct to you in the most efficient and effective manner.. .
Inkkas is a fair trade apparel brand inspired by the native cultures of the world, our goal is to bring the world together through fashion. Our unique footwear is made with authentic South American textiles and hand crafted by local artisans in Peru.
For every purchase Inkkas plants one tree. Inkkas is a rapidly growing company with a proven product, an incredible concept and an unlimited growth potential.
Come join us as we grow!. .
Paul Evans is a direct-to-consumer luxury footwear brand. It offers calf leather uppers, matching leather soles, leather lining.
The company was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in New York.. .
Greats Brands is a men’s footwear brand that offers a wide range of classically-inspired sneakers.
Glyph is a minimalism company. Our shoes are digitally knitted to be the only pair of shoes a person needs to own.
Sports Engineering is a sports technology company that specializes in identifying, developing, and commercializing innovative and disruptive sports technologies. It is the first company to introduce a unique sole design that protects against catastrophic knee and ankle injuries while maintaining performance.
Its revolutionary nonlinear tunable spring systems –Smart SpringTM– control load transmissions at the critical level when ordinary playing loads are exceeded and potential for injury increases.. .
LOOKSIMA is the fashion stylists’ marketplace. It is a place where users can define their style, receive personalized fashion sets composed by professional stylists, and buy the products they like in LOOKSIMA’s partner stores.
The company provides a one-stop destination for people who want to dress stylishly by easily shopping for clothes, shoes and accessories. Recommendations are given based on the users’ style profiles and their personal preferences, thus creating unique advice for each individual.
Professional stylists create fashion looks for all kinds of occasions, so whenever the user wants to know What to Wear, LOOKSIMA will give them a perfect answer. The company operates in two markets – US and Russia, and runs two websites: www.looksima.com, www.looksima.ru.
The team is located in New York, Los Angeles and Moscow.. .
Thursday Boot Company
Thursday Boot Company designs boots with the durability of a work boot and sophistication of a fashion boot.
FUBU is a clothing and hip-hop apparel company that consists of t-shirts, rugby shirts, hockey and football jerseys, baseball caps, and denim jeans. It includes casual wear, sportswear, a suit collection, eyewear, belts, and shoes.
FUBU first got its clothing into a small store on Jamaica Avenue called Montego Bay. It was their first introduction to having their clothes in stores.
They were then able to get their clothing line into Macy’s department store. The company was founded in 1992 and is based in New York, United States..
Stuart Weitzman manufactures and distributes footwear and bags for women. The company offers boots, booties, pumps, wedges, flats, and sandals, and bridal and baby shoes; and care and cleaning products.
It also provides bags, including totes and satchels, shoulder bags, cross-body bags, clutches, and wallets. The company sells their products through stores in the United States, internationally, and online.
Stuart Weitzman was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in New York.. .
Chu Shu makes SILVER LININGS–shoe liners that extend the life of shoes and keep feet odor-free. We see our business as an opportunity to make a positive change on the environment.
We hope to make the world a better place, one pair of smelly shoes at a time.. .
New York & Company
New York & Company, Inc. is a leading specialty manufacturer and retailer of women’s fashion apparel and accessories providing women with modern, wear to work solutions that are multi-functional at affordable prices.
The Company was incorporated in 1918 and has been public since 2004. It is headquartered in New York City..
Season Three is a direct-to-consumer apparel brand that designs footwear for fashion and utility. The company designs products that is functional enough to withstand blunt-force trauma, and stylish enough to wear.
The company provides technology-driven, fashion-forward, all-weather boot that enables flexibility in footwear rotation, allowing consumers to meet their lifestyle needs and get a waterproof and water repellent boot that is breathable, comfortable, and durable. Season Three was is headquartered in New York, New York..
Naturally Better Footwear. Sustainability Straight from South America.
It starts with better materials, continues with better design and we close the loop with fair factories and responsible shipping methods. Look Good.
Do Good.. .
Sam Edelman is an online marketplace that delivers lifestyle products such as footwear, apparel, and accessories for men, women, and kids. It offers its users with gift cards and e-gift cards that allows them to check the balances through their web platform.
It sells a wide range of jewelries and scarves for individuals and branded handbags. Sam Edelman is a U.S.-based company that was founded in 2004..
Awl & Sundry
Awl & Sundry is an online only custom shoe brand, that allows members to build their own shoes or buy the most fashionable designs. Our mission is to democratize luxury footwear for the modern man.
We are uniquely positioned between the extremes of exclusive bespoke shoes (I.e. Berluti, Edward Green, John Lobb) and careless mass production (I.e.
Aldo, Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole). We achieve this by enabling full personalization on the member side and on-demand hand made construction on the manufacturing side.
Our innovative process enables us to offer superior custom quality at a price comparable to off the shelf brands. With more than 2 billion design variations, our members can customize the shape, material, texture and color — all while viewing in real time thru realistic 3D designs.
We’ve been in market for a year and generated $100K+ revenue. Also, have successfully set up distribution channels such as seasonal retail pop-ups and offline retail partnerships..
Carlos Santana Footwear
Carlos Santana Footwear designs and manufactures a range of footwear for women, including boots, sandals, and more.
Miz Mooz believe that their shoes are a reflection of the people that wear them –eclectic, edgy, playful, quirky, but most of all, FUN!
KAANAS is an online shop that sells fashion shoes and bags for women and men. It uses quality materials from organic cotton upper to a leather insole that adds comfort and durability to every pair.
It works with a local hammock weaving mill to design their custom textiles. It is a culture-conscious footwear brand that strives to create ethically responsible products that marries feminine design to classic silhouettes.
KAANAS is a U.S.-based company that was founded in 2012 by Natalia Acevedo.. .
One day a woman had a dream, others joined her, and Josefinas were born. Josefinas is a Portuguese brand born from a dream.
In a country in crisis, where there was little room for dreams, making handmade shoes had a new name: Josefinas. In Portugal, there is something that has never died: the savoir faire of craftsmen and the passion for an idea.
Never give up’ has always defined Josefinas’ path. The name Josefinas was born in honor of Filipa Júlio’s grandmother, the brand’s founder.
Grandma Josefina always made Filipa’s life a special adventure, especially when she took her to ballet class. We hope that the Josefinas story inspires the path of many other women, straight to the realization of their dreams, just as it inspires us daily!.
Ix Style is a fashion company that makes huarache sandals, bags, and jewelry by Mayan artisans.
Glamourpuss is a signature brand that creates a bold, colorful, unexpected, and stylish line of fashionable collection of dresses. It started with the signature fur funnel that evolved into a thoroughly modern collection of unique pieces that reflect the American spirit with a European flair.
It was launched in October 2009.. .
SnkTrd.com’s dynamic platform merges the two worlds of social media and e-commerce by providing a platform for sneaker enthusiast to buy, sell and trade sneakers as well as interact socially. We also take pride in bringing our users the latest news and quality digital media through our online magazine.
Our users also have the opportunity to buy from our shop filled with must-have clothing and accessories from the sneaker community.. .
An online shoe site where shoe lovers can go to buy, sell, or rent shoes. Our founder is Heather Holt.
We are located in New York, New York. Check us out on Facebook..
Craftsmanship is the difference between style and fashion. Every Matzeliger shoe is a testament to Filipino quality, precision, and detail.
Using only the best leather and raw materials; their products are handcrafted in the heart of Marikina, the footwear capital of the Philippines by their shoemakers (“sapateros”) – expert craftsmen and artisans whose hands were entrusted with crafting the products of major global luxury labels and have passed on their knowledge of shoe making for generations.. .
Deer Stags is a retail company that specializes in the supply of a wide range of footwear of various brands for men, women and kids.
Charles David is an online shop that offers a wide variety of boots, apparel, sandals, wedges and flats for its customers.
R13 Denim is an apparel and fashion brand that designs, manufactures and sells denim, leather products, and clothing for men and women.
Nutty Rice is a sales agency that represents men’s, women’s and kid’s footwear, apparel and accessories. In 2003 jenny lee and danica polack formed nutty rice llc., a successful multi-line sales agency which represents men’s, women’s and kid’s footwear, apparel and accessories.
located in the heart of new york city’s garment district, the showroom showcases the brands and serves as the home base for the company. Working with the top specialty boutiques, multi door chains and national accounts in the country, the agency has an acquired knowledge not only in sales, but also trend forecasting, merchandising, public relations and marketing..
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