This article showcases our top picks for the best San Francisco 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 San Francisco Shoes and Sneaker Companies
Allbirds is an apparel and fashion company that specializes in manufacturing eco-friendly wool shoes. It is dedicated to making the most sustainable footwear using premium natural materials, designed for the to and fro of everyday life.
The company is driven by a mission to prove that comfort, good design, and sustainability don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Its commitment to making better shoes in a better way is fueled by a belief that the shoe industry needs to focus less on flash and more on thoughtfulness.
Allbirds is based in San Francisco and founded in 2015.. .
Rothy’s transforms sustainable materials into beautiful products for life on the go. Redefining expectations of comfort, style and sustainability, Rothy’s began by turning single-use plastic water bottles into artfully-designed shoes, and recently furthered its commitment to material innovation with the launch of The Bag Collection using recycled marine plastics.
Considering every step of production, Rothy’s owns and operates its state-of-the-art production workshop and uses a proprietary 3D knitting process to significantly reduce material waste. Since launching in 2016, Rothy’s has repurposed over 60 million water bottles and today is approaching two million customers worldwide.
Rothy’s has raised a total of $44M in funding over 3 rounds, including secondary investments. In total, only $5M out outside capital has gone on Rothy’s balance sheet.
Their latest funding was raised on Dec 18, 2018, a secondary investment from Goldman Sachs.. .
PLAE design products that celebrate the individual, value the sustainable, and promote a spirit of fearless exploration. The company’s shoes are made from eco-friendly, breathable, and washable materials that are engineered to be durable, flexible, and customizable to allow for the natural development of children’s feet.
Their goal is to erase that line and harness the power of play for everyone—starting with shredding the notion of age limits, of growing up, of losing that spirit of joy. PLAE was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California, USA..
GoodList is a platform to source sustainable raw materials and finished goods from vetted suppliers. The fashion industry has a universal imperative to dramatically reduce its negative impact on people and planet by positively evolving their supply chain.
We believe the journey begins with choosing the right sourcing partners who balance high-quality manufacturing with responsible operations. Our network brings together companies working towards this goal, including established suppliers of top sustainable brands, producers with credible environmental or social certifications, and innovators with ground-breaking ESG solutions.
To better facilitate global efforts, GoodList suppliers are benchmarked against the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.. .
Girls fashion brand that enables girls to design and wear custom shoes using 3D printing.
Owen Edward is a Factory-to-Consumer men’s dress shoe startup based in San Francisco, with manufacturing in Italy. We use the same factories and materials as brands priced at well over $600 at traditional retailers.
Our ethos is one style, zero thinking”: we believe that, for certain products, less choice can be better than more. We live this out by making simple, high quality, transparently priced men’s dress shoes that don’t require hours of comparison research.
Our single product-line business model allows us to keep prices lower, and quality higher, than any other direct-to-consumer dress shoe brand.. .
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