There’s a saying: Give someone the right pair of shoes and they can conquer the world. We concur, especially when it comes to your wedding day. Here, we highlight a selection of Black-owned shoe brands and designers with fabulous footwear that you can enjoy long after you say, “I do.”
The wedding collection by Brother Vellies has just about anything a bride could ask for—strappy heels, pumps, boots (including an option covered in “Disco Dust Glitter”), comfortable flats, high-heeled dress shoes, sandals and more—all with a twist. Founded by Aurora James, the shoe brand offers handcrafted shoes that “celebrate cultural histories and timeless design.”
Your wedding day is not the day you want to deal with aching feet. Thankfully, with Nalebe, you don’t have to choose between glamour and comfort. Available at major department stores in the United States and online, the brand produces beautiful (and feet-friendly) heels that are made in Italy and adorned with crystals, glitter or its signature large gemstones.
It’s hard to check every box when it comes to men’s dress shoes, but Mandeaux certainly does. For life’s grandest occasions, the online boutique offers a variety of ethically made, traditional footwear, including its take on the classic brogue shoe with a unique hand-painted patina, a patent leather formal shoe and a crisp white sneaker for those who prefer something more casual. You can even design a custom wedding shoe. And as if that wasn’t enough, each pair is built to last and made with sustainably sourced materials.
If you’re looking for a true nude for your skin tone, Kahmune likely has it. The brand sells heels and casual shoes that come in multiple “nude” colors. It even has a block heel (the Audrey sandal) that converts into three different shoe styles.
Born and raised in Miami, Voyetté Lee launched her company three years ago and offers sexy and feminine heels that are streamlined and eye-catching (think details like metallic faux snakeskin). Her Nikk pump is a prime example and a fantastic bridal selection.
Named after its founder, Armando Cabral offers stylish Derby shoes, slides, slip-on loafers, boots and more. The shoes are inspired by Cabral’s upbringing, West African roots, and experience with luxury products and design through his time as a model.
Finding heels and flats that accommodate larger feet on a woman can be no easy “feat,” except maybe when you’re perusing a sale rack, but even then, the selection is often slim. Thankfully, there’s now a brand that caters exclusively to this group of shoppers. Eleanor Anukam specializes in fashion-forward footwear for those who wear U.S. women’s sizes 9–13. Its selection of blue items, including suede pumps and ball-studded pointed-toe pumps, is perfect if you’re looking for “something blue” to add to your wedding day look.
Karibbein Ann Mariee Fashion
Thoughtfully priced to be accessible, shoes by Karibbein Ann Mariee Fashion highlight contemporary design and make statements through textured accents. For the bride who wants a touch of drama, the brand’s platform and lace-up-detailed heels add just enough.
Salone Monet is another fabulous option for nude shoes. The stiletto heels and pumps are designed to match your skin tone, and the shoes have a satin upper material that makes your feet look extra good. One pump style comes in suede, too.
AMINAH ABDUL JILLIL
AMINAH ABDUL JILLIL is now synonymous with two words: the bow. The Alaskan-born designer’s side bow pumps are a sensation, but they’re not the only bold creations she has designed that could be perfect for your Big Day. The brand’s wedge sandals with a sculpted heel featuring the word “love” are also an excellent option.
For the groom (or bride) looking for dress shoes with flair, TucciPolo has you covered. The company provides upscale shoes that incorporate bold color combinations (and sometimes have a matching leather accessory) and feature Italian leather and artisan craftsmanship. Fun fact: TucciPolo also offers a special discount during Black History Month.
After initially putting aside her interest in fashion and design to foster her gift for math and science, Tiannia Barnes went from IT expert to shoemaker more than 10 years ago and hasn’t looked back. Ideal if you want to add a little color or interest to your shoes, her updated takes on classic styles often come with unique features like fringe, fur and color blocking.
Shoes by Cedrick McDonald are fun and funky (one of his designs is even patented!) with statement details that add interest but never push a design too far over the top. He also offers intriguing sneakers if you want something comfortable and stylish to wear on your way to getting ready for the Big Day.