Black men and women are behind some of the most finely crafted footwear on the market. A few have always known that they wanted to design shoes, some stumbled upon the industry while tending to other business, still others were recruited by loved ones eager to establish an entrepreneurial outlet for their artistry. Whatever brought them to this corner of the fashion world, these sole providers are here to stay.
Currently, a dollar circulates in Asian communities for a month, in Jewish communities approximately 20 days and white communities 17 days. How long does a dollar circulate in the Black community? 6 hours! Black American buying power is at 1.1 Trillion; and yet only 2 cents of every dollar black spend in this country goes to black owned businesses African – Americans spending on Apparel Products and Services is around $29.3 billion
Why not make every effort to buy your shoes from a black owned company?
Sandra Palmer – Artyce Design
The vision of Artyce Footwear (named after the designer’s mom) officially came to light in 2004. Candra Palmer (Designer, Owner) brought her dream to life by creating a comfortable and stunning custom footwear collection catering to brides and those attending special events.
Samantha Joseph – Samantha Shoes
Every woman needs at least one great pair of shoes. Women that wear larger shoe sizes, desire current fashion trends, and are frustrated by the lack of availability. Samanta Shoes is dedicated to solving this global problem.
Amina Abdul Jillil – Amina Abdul Jillil
Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska Aminah began as a professional dancer in Los Angeles, performing with some of the biggest names in music including Britney Spears and Janet Jackson. She’s appeared in commercials for Pepsi, Mazda and New Balance and recently performed as lead character “Crimson” in Cirque du Soleil’s BELIEVE.
Kris Wright – Jhung Yuro
Launched in 2005 Jhung Yuro recognised a void in the men’s luxury lifestyle footwear market and filled it with a brand that offers detail, hand craftsmanship and limited availability for its products.
Natischa Havey – Fever Shoes and Swimwear
Natischa Harvey’s first foray into the shoe business came via Bakers. While studying political science at Clark Atlanta University she moonlighted at the store, earning $6 an hour. She treated it as a “paid internship” and by 2004 knew enough about the industry to open her own boutique