Shoe brands and manufacturers

There are thousands of shoe labels and factories. In this catalogue, we will tell you about 450 shoe brands from all over the world. Some of them are very famous; some are niche ones. We have included brands from the USA, England, Japan, Italy, France, Germany, Spain and other countries, so this is a very diverse selection.

Shoe brands from different countries

Introduction

Our list of shoe brands is split into several sections: American shoe brands, English shoe brands, French shoe brands, etc. Within these sections, the order is strictly alphabetical. Brand descriptions may contain these types of information:

  • year of foundation (but please note that some brands were registered significantly later);
  • brief characteristics of design;
  • shoe constructions;
  • countries of manufacture;
  • our quality rating.

It must be noted that our quality rating is not available for some brands because sometimes we don't have sufficient information to assess quality. In some cases our quality rating is an interval, i.e. not a specific number; that's because lots of brands produce shoes of different quality levels. Of course, inaccuracies and mistakes are possible, even though we have created our catalogue with great care. Besides, it should be mentioned that such quality ratings can't be absolutely impartial. And one more note: quality of slippers, sneakers and espadrilles is described by simple words like 'high' and 'average'. These kinds of footwear differ significantly from dress shoes and boots, so we don't believe there is a need in an extensive scale of grades.

Men's shoe brands and women's shoe brands

Nowadays most brands offer both women's and men's shoes, sneakers and boots. That's why we have decided to merge all shoe brands into the single catalogue and refrain from separating men's shoe brands from women's shoe brands. However, in each brand's description we will give you information about 'genders' of its shoes and/or boots.

Our quality rating: grades and their meanings

Here is our list of grades and their meanings. We use these grades to indicate levels of shoe quality.

  • 10 — the highest quality; impressive / splendid finishing; flawless / amazing leather; shoes are entirely or almost entirely handmade.
  • 9 — very high quality; excellent finishing; excellent leather; shoes are entirely, almost entirely or partially handmade.
  • 8 — high quality; finishing and leather are very good but definitely not the best ones; shoes are partially handmade or mostly machine-made.
  • 8h (h = handmade) — high quality; shoes are entirely or almost entirely handmade, but leather and finishing are definitely not the best ones.
  • 9h — something between 8h and 10; quality is very high, but it's not the highest.
  • 7 — high quality; very good leather; finishing is very good but definitely not the best one; shoes are mostly machine-made. The difference between 7 and 8 is subtle.
  • 6 — quality is significantly above average; finishing and leather are good, but definitely not excellent (or sometimes leather is excellent, but finishing is mediocre... or vice versa); shoes are mostly machine-made.
  • 5 — quality is somewhat above average; leather and finishing are decent (but far away from the best ones); shoes are mostly machine-made.
  • 4 — quality is average and decent; leather and finishing are acceptable; shoes are mostly machine-made. This footwear can be a good choice if your budget is very limited; it can look good and turn out to be quite durable.
  • 3 — quality, finishing and leather are mediocre (but definitely not the worst ones); shoes are mostly machine-made.
  • 2 — quality is bad. Avoid these shoes.
  • 1 — the worst quality (it's really awful: shoes may fall apart soon after purchase).

Definitions of some terms

Now let's define several terms which are widely used in this catalogue and in other articles (as well as books, forum discussions, etc).

  • Ready-to-wear (RTW) — the name says it all. Ready-to-wear shoes will be handed or sent to you promptly after payment.
  • Made-to-order (MTO) shoes will be produced only after payment. They are made on standard lasts, but you can choose model, leather, lining, sole, etc.
  • Made-to-measure (MTM) shoes are usually more expensive because they are made on customised lasts (but lasts are not created from scratch for each customer). Of course, you can choose model, leather, sole, etc. It's worth noting that some brands can customise lasts even if we're talking about made-to-order shoes. Therefore, some made-to-order shoes can be called made-to-measure.
  • Bespoke shoes are the most expensive because they are made on truly individual lasts, which are created from scratch for each customer. Moreover, they are always entirely handmade or mostly handmade, and there are lots of customisation opportunities. Properly crafted bespoke shoes are very comfortable. However, it must be noted that some bespoke shoes can be less impressive and less comfortable than some made-to-order or even ready-to-wear shoes.

Shoe constructions

Let's move on to brief descriptions of shoe constructions; you will often find these terms in the catalogue.

  • Blake is a widespread shoe construction, which is popular in Italy and some other countries. The outsole is sewn directly to the upper and the insole — always by machine; besides, the outsole is glued to the upper.
  • Blake Rapid is a relatively rare and very reliable construction. The midsole is sewn to the upper and the insole by machine. The outsole is stitched to the midsole by another machine.
  • Bologna is a very flexible construction; it's quite popular in Italy. The outer part of the upper and the lining are rolled into a kind of sack / tube and stitched together; then the outsole is sewn to this 'sack' / 'tube' — usually using the Blake method.
  • California is a quite rare construction, which is used to manufacture some mid-priced shoes. At first the insole and the upper are stitched to the midsole. Soon afterwards the outsole is cemented (i.e. glued) to the midsole.
  • Cemented is one of the most popular and simplest shoe constuctions. The outsole is simply cemented (glued) to the upper. However, it doesn't mean that cemented shoes are short-lived; sometimes they serve for a long time.
  • Direct Injection / Direct Attach is a modern and reliable construction. The outsole is formed in a dedicated mould and immediately attached (fused) to the upper.
  • Goodyear Welted is one of the most solid shoe constructions. The upper is sewn to the insole and the welt (it is a long and relatively narrow strip of leather). Shortly thereafter the welt is glued and sewn to the outsole.
  • Goyser is a waterproof welted construction, which is sometimes used by Hungarian and other shoemakers. The welt, the upper and the insole are stitched together by hand; then the welt is stitched to the midsole (also by hand). Moreover, there is the third seam: it connects the welt to the midsole and the outsole, and it is also stitched by hand. Besides, it must be added that the welt bends upwards to the shoe upper.
  • Hand-welted is a more traditional (and simply better) variant of Goodyear welted construction. It's very similar to it in many aspects, but there is an important difference: the upper is sewn to the welt and the insole by hand (with a waxed thread). The outsole can be sewn to the welt by hand or by machine.
  • Holzgenagelt is a traditional Austrian construction, which is durable but a bit unusual. The outsole is attached to the upper with help of a set of wooden pegs ('nails'... but not nails).
  • Moccasin construction is a vague term. For example, it can be used to refer to footwear with a puckered (raised) seam on the upper, but shoes with such a seam can be made in different constuctions. We would say that true Mocassin construction resembles Bologna construction. At first a big piece of leather is wrapped around the last; shortly thereafter another piece of leather is stitched to the first piece of leather, so the vamp (and the whole shoe) is formed. Then a thin outsole or just a set of rubber studs is attached. Accordingly, some moccasins don't have a separate outsole.
  • Norvegese is a waterproof shoe construction, which is used by some Italian factories and ateliers. The upper, which is slightly turned outwards at the edges, is stitched to the insole; soon afterwards the midsole, the outsole and the upper are stitched together. There is no welt; however, sometimes you will see the third seam, which connects the outsole to the midsole.
  • Norwegian welted is a very rare shoe construction. It resembles both Norvegese and Goodyear welted constructions. At first the welt is stitched to the upper and the insole; then the outsole, the midsole, the upper and the welt are sewn together. It must be added that the upper is slightly turned outwards at the edges.
  • Side Stitched is a relatively rare and interesting construction. The upper is stitched directly to the outsole, and this seam goes along the sides of the shoe because the outsole slightly bends upwards.
  • Stitchdown (Stitch down, Ideal Stitch) is a quite reliable construction used in production of some informal boots and shoes (for example, high-quality desert boots are often made using this construction). The upper is slightly turned outwards at the edges and stitched to the midsole; the outsole is glued to the midsole (sometimes it's also stitched).
  • Storm Welted is a variant of Goodyear welted construction. The welt bends upwards to the shoe upper, so that it creates a kind of moisture barrier.
  • Strobel is a widespread construction used in production of informal footwear. The outer part of the upper and the lining are stitched to the insole by a Strobel machine; then the outsole is glued (cemented) or attached by the Direct Injection method (see above).
  • Tirolese/Bentivegna is a very rare waterproof construction. At first the welt is sewn to the insole and the upper; then it is stitched to the midsole, and soon afterwards the midsole is stitched to the outsole (and sometimes to the welt). It must be noted that the welt is sewn by hand; moreover, the welt bends upwards to the shoe upper.
  • Veldtschoen is another rare waterproof construction. It's a variety of Goodyear welted. The upper is slightly turned outwards at the edges. The welt is located between the midsole and the edges of the upper. At first the welt is sewn to the lining and the insole; then it is stitched to the midsole, the outsole and the outer part of the upper. Sometimes there is no midsole; sometimes there is the third seam, which connects the welt to the upper and the midsole.
  • Vulcanized / Vulcanised is a popular construction often used for producing sneakers and some other shoes. At first the shoe upper is pulled over the aluminium last; thereafter the outsole is cemented (glued) to the upper. Soon afterwards the so-called foxing tape is wrapped around the sides of the sole (besides, it slightly overlaps with the upper). Thereafter shoes are loaded into the vulcanising oven, where they are heated up to 110C. As a result, the foxing tape, the upper and the outsole firmly fuse together.

Now let's move on to the main part of our catalogue!

Men and women shoe brands by country

American shoe brands

  • Adelante — since 2016; informal made-to-order footwear for men and women — mostly classic but sometimes a bit unusual. Constructions: Moccasin, Blake, Goodyear welted. Country of manufacture: Guatemala.
  • Alden — since 1884; classic and conservative ready-to-wear shoes for men; cordovan models are the most famous ones. Construction: Goodyear welted. Grade: 7/10. Made in the USA.
  • Allen Edmonds — since 1922; classic RTW shoes for men — usually Goodyear welted ones; however, Moccasin and Cemented constructions are also used. Grade: 5-7/10. Made in the USA, Dominican Republic.
  • Andrew Lock — its year of foundation is unknown; men's RTW shoes made using Goodyear welted construction. Designs: from conservative to creative. Countries of production: Italy, Spain.
  • Capezio — since 1887; dance shoes for men and women. Only ready-to-wear. Countries of manufacture: the USA, Brazil, China, Thailand.
  • Chippewa — since 1901; sturdy work boots — footwear for farmers, soldiers, lumberjacks, etc. Only ready-to-wear. Discreet and informal design. Construction: Goodyear welted. Made in China, the USA.
  • Cole Haan — since 1928; women's and men's ready-to-wear shoes; lots of styles (Cole Haan's range is very wide). Constructions: Blake, Vulcanized, Cemented. Grade: 4-5/10. Made in Vietnam, China, the USA, Italy, Brazil, India.
  • Common Projects — since 2004; men's and women's sneakers and informal ready-to-wear shoes — with both striking and minimalist designs. High quality (but not the highest). Country of production: Italy.
  • Converse — since 1908; casual and sport shoes for men and women. The most famous products are Jack Purcell and Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers. Decent quality. Countires of manufacture: China, Vietnam.
  • E. Vogel — since 1879; men's and women's riding boots; dress and casual shoes for men. Only bespoke. Designs: from conservative to unusual. Constructions: Goodyear Welted and others. Grade: 7/10. Made in the USA.
  • Florsheim — since 1892; classic men's shoes made using the following constructions: Moccasin, Cemented, Goodyear Welted, California, Strobel. Only RTW. Designs range from elegant to primitive. Grade: 4-6/10. Made in Italy, India, China.
  • G.H. Bass & Co. — since 1876; this brand specializes in loafers, but it also offers other shoes (men's and women's; only ready-to-wear). Constructions: Moccasin, Cemented, Blake, Vulcanized. Grade: 4-6/10. Made in El Salvador, Portugal, China, the USA.
  • Grant Stone — since 2016; various ready-to-wear shoes for men. They are made using Goodyear welted construction. Their design is usually classic. Country of manufacture: China.
  • Hush Puppies — since 1958; informal RTW shoes for children, men, women. Discreet and more or less neutral design. Constructions: Cemented and others (but not welted ones). Grade: 4/10. Hush Puppies shoes are made in Asian countries.
  • Jack Erwin — since 2013; men's and women's RTW footwear — with both experimental and traditional designs. Constructions: Blake, Strobel. Countries of manufacture: Spain, Portugal.
  • J.FitzPatrick Footwear — since 2013; men's ready-to-wear and made-to-order shoes, sneakers, boots. Designs are classic with a twist. Goodyear welted construction. Grade: 7/10. Made in Spain.
  • John Doe — its year of establishment is unknown; MTO and RTW shoes and boots for men and women. They are manufactured using Goodyear welted construction. Their design is usually discreet and classic. Grade: 5/10. Made in Mexico.
  • Johnston & Murphy — since 1850; men's and women's RTW shoes and boots — from classic to experimental ones. Johnston & Murphy have a really wide range of footwear. Constructions: Cemented, Strobel, Blake, Goodyear Welted. Grade: 4-7/10. Made in Italy, China, India, the USA.
  • Justin — since 1879; western-style footwear for men and women: for example, cowboy boots. Only ready-to-wear. Constructions: Goodyear Welted and others (simpler ones). Made in China, Mexico, the U.S.A.
  • L.L. Bean — since 1912; sturdy and practical RTW footwear for men and women. The most famous products of this brand are so-called duck boots (they're relatively light and waterproof). Designs are usually plain and utilitarian. Countries of production: China, U.S.A.
  • Lucchese — since 1883; cowboy boots and other informal styles for men and women. RTW and MTO. Designs: from flashy to discreet. Constructions: Blake, Goodyear welted. Grade: 6-7/10. Made in the USA, Italy, Mexico.
  • Mark Albert Boots — since 2016; made-to-order and ready-to-wear shoes and boots for men. They are usually classic and informal. Goodyear welted construction. Made in Italy, the USA.
  • Minnetonka — since 1946; very comfortable moccasins, house slippers without heels, flexible boots (always informal). There are men's and women's models (only ready-to-wear). Good quality. Made in China, Dominican Republic.
  • New Balance — since 1906; high-quality sport shoes for men and women. Designs: from discreet and relatively neutral to flashy and bright. Countries of manufacture: the USA, England, Indonesia, China, Vietnam.
  • Nike — since 1964; lots of various sport shoes for women and men. Good quality (in most cases). Countries of production: China, Vietnam, Indonesia, India.
  • Nocona Boots — since 1925; men's and women's cowboy boots; they are usually made using Goodyear welted construction. Countries of production: China, Mexico, sometimes (rarely) the U.S.A.
  • Parkhurst — since 2018; sturdy casual boots for men (MTO and RTW). More or less traditional, discreet designs. Made in the United States of America.
  • Quoddy — since 1909; men's and women's moccasins, boat shoes and other informal footwear. Made-to-order, ready-to-wear. Discreet and relatively neutral designs (in most cases). Good quality. Construction: Moccasin. Made in the USA, the Dominican Republic.
  • Rancourt — since 1967; men's and women's footwear made using Moccasin and Blake Rapid constructions; made-to-order and ready-to-wear. Designs are often conservative and classic. Grade: 6/10. Country of production: the USA.
  • Red Wing — since 1905; work boots and other sturdy informal footwear (men's and women's). Constructions: Goodyear Welted, Cemented and hybrids (Welted + Cemented, Welted + Vulcanized). High quality. Made in the USA, China, Cambodia, Vietnam.
  • Rockport — since 1971; mass-market casual shoes (only ready-to-wear; men's and women's). Rockport shoes are always informal, and we wouldn't call them elegant; moreover, sometimes their design is arguable. Constructions: Cemented, Hydro-Shield, Strobel. Grade: 4/10. Made in Mexico, India, China.
  • Sebago — since 1946; it specializes in boat shoes but also offers other informal RTW footwear (for both women and men). Constructions: Goodyear Welted, Moccasin, Strobel, Cemented. Grade: 5-6/10. Made in the Dominican Republic.
  • Sperry Top-Sider — since 1935; its most famous products are boat shoes, but Sperry also offers lots of other shoe styles (RTW and MTO; men's and women's). Grade: 4-6/10. Constructions: Blake, Vulcanized, Moccasin, Strobel. Most Sperry Top-Sider shoes are manufactured in Asia; however, some models are still made in the U.S.A.
  • Stacy Adams — since 1875; men's ready-to-wear shoes; designs range from traditional to experimental. Constructions: Cemented and Goodyear welted. Grade: 3-6/10. Most Stacy Adams shoes are manufactured in Asia.
  • Thursday Boot Co. — since 2014; lots of men's and women's shoe styles — from sneakers to dress shoes (only ready-to-wear). Designs can be both conservative and moderately peculiar. Constructions: Blake, Goodyear welted and others. Grade: 5-6/10. Countries of manufacture: Mexico, the USA, Portugal and (probably) some other states.
  • Timberland — since 1973; work boots and other informal / casual footwear for men and women (RTW). Constructions: Cemented, Strobel, Vulcanized, Goodyear Welted. Grade: 4-6/10. Made in Thailand, China, Romania, Dominican Republic, the USA.
  • Tony Lama — since 1911; cowboy boots and other informal ready-to-wear shoes (both men's and women's). Tony Lama's range is very wide. Constructions: usually Goodyear welted. Made in the U.S.A., Mexico, China.
  • Wesco — since 1918; sturdy RTW and МТО boots for women and men. Designs: from moderately peculiar to discreet. Construction: Stitchdown (Veldtschoen). Country of manufacture: the United States of America. Good quality.
  • Wolverine — since 1883; work and casual RTW footwear for men and women. Constructions: Strobel, Cemented, Direct Attach, Goodyear Welted. Grade: 4-6/10. Countries of production: China, the U.S.A.

More information about all these labels and manufacturers is available in our detailed catalogue called 'American Shoe Brands'.

Austrian shoe brands

  • Alt Wien — classic men's boots and shoes (ready-to-wear). Their design is traditional and conservative. There are lots of English-style shoes and some Austrian-style models. Construction: Goodyear welted. Grade: 7/10. Made in England.
  • Bálint — classic men's shoes and boots made completely by hand. Ready-to-wear and bespoke. Constructions: Hand-welted and Holzgenagelt. Grade: 9h/10. Made in Austria. Unfortunately, this brand has recently closed down.
  • Ludwig Reiter — since 1885; classic footwear for women and men. Designs are usually conservative. RTW and MTO. Constructions: Goodyear welted, Vulcanized, Blake. Grade: 6-7/10. Made in Austria, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia.
  • Maftei — since 1996; classic bespoke shoes for men; besides, Maftei also offers some ready-to-wear shoes. Designs can be both discreet and bold. Constructions: Hand-welted and Holzgenagelt. Grade: 8h-9h/10. Country of manufacture: Romania.
  • Materna — since 1907; classic and discreet men's shoes; however, there are also some peculiar models. Bespoke, made-to-order, made-to-measure, ready-to-wear. Constructions: Hand-welted, Holzgenagelt. Grade: 9h/10. Country of production: Austria.
  • Rudolf Scheer & Sohne — since 1816; this legendary brand crafts conservative bespoke shoes using Hand-welted construction. Grade: 10/10. Very high prices. Country of manufacture: Austria.
  • Saint Crispin's — since 1985; both designer and classic boots and shoes for men; made-to-order, made-to-measure and ready-to-wear. Construction: Hand-welted. Grade: 8h/10. Country of production: Romania.
  • Thomas Schikola — since the early 2000s; men's classic shoes with discreet (and sometimes 'heavy') designs. Only bespoke. Construction: Holzgenagelt. Grade: 8h/10. Made in Austria.
  • Zonkey Boot — since 2010; ready-to-wear and made-to-order footwear for men — with both peculiar and classic / traditional designs. Constructions: Norvegese, Hand-welted and Blake. Grade: 7-8h/10. Made in Italy.

More information about aforementioned brands is presented in our catalogue called 'Austrian Shoe Brands'. All names are listed in alphabetical order. We have arranged this list in such a way so that you can quickly find the desired brand by clicking on the corresponding letter.

English shoe brands

  • Alfred Sargent — since 1889; classic men's shoes and boots; ready-to-wear and made-to-order. Designs are often traditional and elegant; however, Alfred Sargent also offers a bit unusual shoes. Construction: Goodyear welted (in most cases). Grade: 7-8/10. Made in Great Britain.
  • Anello & Davide — since 1922; dancing, wedding and theatrical footwear. This atelier makes only bespoke shoes — and mostly for women (but it can craft men's shoes too). Country of manufacture: the United Kingdom.
  • Arthur Sleep — since 2012; men's and women's slippers and loafers (with both conservative and unusual designs). Construction: Cemented. High quality. Country of production: the UK.
  • Barker — since 1880; classic ready-to-wear shoes and boots — for both gentlemen and ladies. Barker's range is very wide; there are lots of dress shoe models, but casual styles are also offered. Constructions: Goodyear welted and Cemented. Grade: 5-7/10. Made in England.
  • Base London — since 1995; inexpensive, mass-market shoes for men (only ready-to-wear). This brand offers both traditional and designer models. Constructions: Cemented, Blake, Strobel and Vulcanised. Grade: 4-5/10. Made in India and Europe (but not in Britain).
  • Bowhill & Elliott — since 1874; classic and designer slippers (both men's and women's;. Ready-to-wear, made-to-order, bespoke. Construction: Cemented. Excellent quality. All Bowhill & Elliott shoes are manufactured in England.
  • Broadland Slippers — since the middle of the 19th century; men's and women's slippers and patent leather shoes. Ready-to-wear and made-to-order. Construction: Cemented. High quality. Made in England.
  • Carréducker — since 2004; classic and designer footwear for women and men — mostly bespoke, but there is a relatively small ready-to-wear collection (with both bold and discreet styles). Constructions: Hand-welted (bespoke), Cemented, Stitchdown and others. Made in England.
  • Celtic & Co. — since 1990; boots and slippers made of sheepskin + some other models (only ready-to-wear; for men, women and children). Designs range from discreet to unusual. Countries of production: England, Italy, some other states.
  • Chatham — since 1990s; this brand specialises in boat shoes but also offers lots of other models (RTW; men's and women's). Constructions: Cemented, Goodyear welted, Moccasin. Chatham shoes are usually manufactured outside Britain; however, some models are still made in England.
  • Cheaney — since 1886; classic and designer ready-to-wear shoes (mostly for men but also for women). Designs are usually traditional, conservative (however, some exceptions do exist). Constructions: Goodyear welted, Veldtschoen, Moccasin. Country of manufacture: England. Grade: 6-8/10.
  • Church's — since 1873; designer and classic RTW footwear — for both men and women. Constructions: Goodyear welted and Cemented. Countries of production: England, Italy. Grade: 6-7/10.
  • Clarks — since 1825; various RTW boots and shoes for women and men. Constructions: Vulcanised, Cemented, Stitchdown. The most famous products are desert boots. Grade: 4-5/10 (sometimes — very rarely! — 6/10). Clarks boots and shoes are almost always manufactured in Asia; however, some expensive models are made in Itay and England.
  • Crockett & Jones — this iconic brand has been in operation since 1879; it offers classic RTW shoes and boots made using Goodyear welted construction (there are several exceptions). Crockett & Jones specialises in men's footwear but also produces some shoes for women. Grade: 7-8/10. Very good price-quality ratio. Country of manufacture: England.
  • Crown Northampton — since 1908; desert boots, sneakers, slippers and dancing shoes for men and women. Only MTO. Constructions: Stitchdown, Cemented and others. Designs are minimalist and discreet. Very good quality. Made in England.
  • DB wider fit shoes — since 1920; ready-to-wear shoes created for men and women with wide feet. Their design is usually plain and dull. Constructions are simple, typical for mass-market footwear. Countries of production: England and other states.
  • De Winter — since 1990; high-quality classic men's boots made using Goodyear welted construction. Ready-to-wear. Designs are traditional, without controversial details. Grade: 6/10. Made in England.
  • Draper of Glastonbury — since 1937; men's and women's house slippers, boots, moccasins (ready-to-wear). Construction: Cemented. Good price-quality ratio; however, the quality is definitely not the highest. Made in Britain.
  • Duke + Dexter (Duke & Dexter) — since 2015; designer ready-to-wear shoes for men — with both minimalist and eccentric designs. Country of manufacture: the United Kingdom.
  • Dr. Martens — since 1960; informal ready-to-wear boots and shoes for women and men. There are styles for both summer and winter. Constructions: sometimes a variation of the Goodyear welted method. Grade: 5/10. Countries of production: Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, China, England.
  • Edward Green — since 1890; very elegant and classic men's shoes (ready-to-wear and made-to-order). Construction: Goodyear Welted (there are several exceptions). Grade: 8-9/10. Made in Britain.
  • Edward & James — its year of foundation is unknown; classic RTW shoes for gentlemen. They are made using the Goodyear welted constuction. Their design is usually discreet; however, Edward & James also sells peculiar shoes and boots (but not eccentric ones). Grade: 5-7/10. Made in Spain, Portugal, England, Italy.
  • Foster & Son — since 1840; classic bespoke and ready-to-wear shoes (only for men). Constructions: Goodyear welted (ready-to-wear) and Hand-welted (bespoke). Grade: 7-10/10. Country of manufacture: the United Kingdom. Elegant designs (in most cases).
  • Gaziano & Girling — since 2006; high-quality men's shoes and boots. RTW, MTO, bespoke. Women's shoes are also offered, but they are made to order only. Designs are classic with a twist (i.e. a bit unusual and unique). Constructions: Goodyear welted (RTW, MTO), Hand-welted (bespoke). Grade: 8-10/10. Made in England.
  • George Cleverley — since 1958; fine men's boots and shoes with both traditional and unique designs (bespoke, MTO, RTW). Constructions: Hand-welted (bespoke dress shoes), Goodyear welted (RTW dress shoes), Cemented (slippers). Grade: 7-10/10. Made in England.
  • Gina — since 1954; designer shoes for women (ready-to-wear and bespoke). High-grade materials; excellent finishing; very high prices. Made in Britain.
  • Goodwin Smith — since 1928; mid-priced men's and women's boots and shoes. Ready-to-wear. Designs can be both peculiar and discreet. Constructions: Blake, sometimes (rarely) Goodyear welted. Country of manufacture: India.
  • Gola — since 1905; sports footwear — for both women and men. Designs: from bold and vibrant to neutral. Only RTW. Made in England, China, Vietnam.
  • Goral — since 1936; men's sneakers (RTW) — both minimalist / classic and peculiar (for example, Goral offers hybrids of sneakers and loafers, sneakers and monks). Designs range from neutral to bold. Country of manufacture: the United Kingdom.
  • Grenson — since 1866; designer and classic ready-to-wear boots and shoes (for both men and women). Construction: Goodyear welted (in most cases). Grade: 5-7/10. Made in India, England.
  • Harrys of London — since 2001; casual footwear for men and women. Solely ready-to-wear. Constructions: Blake, Cemented and some others. Designs can be both minimalist and creative, sometimes bold. Made in Italy, Portugal.
  • Herring — since 1966; this brand offers a wide range of classic and designer shoes, boots and sneakers — mostly for men (women's styles are also offered, but there are few of them). Only ready-to-wear. Constructions: Goodyear welted, Cemented, Blake, Veldtschoen, Norwegian welted. Grade: 4-7/10. Countries of production: Italy, England, Portugal, Spain, some other states.
  • Horace Batten — since 1920s; made-to-measure and bespoke boots — mostly for riding, sometimes for casual wear. Construction: Hand-welted. Conservative design. Grade: 8/10. Country of manufacture: England. Horace Batten takes orders from both men and women.
  • Hotter — since 1959; mass-market footwear (RTW, of course) — for both men and women. Men's styles from Hotter usually have a mediocre appearance, they are not elegant. Countries of production: England, Vietnam.
  • Hudson — since 1990; designer and classic shoe styles for men and women (only ready-to-wear). Construction: Cemented. Grade: 4-5/10. Hudson shoes are usually manufactured in Portugal.
  • Hunter — since 1856; wellington boots for men and women (ready-to-wear). They are parially handmade (usually in Asia). Good quality.
  • Ikon — since 1997; designer and classic footwear (RTW; for women and men). Designs can be both ordinary and peculiar. Constructions: Blake, Cemented. Ikon footwear is generally made in Portugal.
  • Jeffery-West — since 1987; striking designer shoes and boots for men and (more rarely) for women. There are also more or less discreet models. Ready-to-wear. Constructions: Goodyear welted and Blake. Grade: 5-6/10. Made in Italy, England, Spain.
  • John Lobb Ltd — this legendary shoe atelier has been in operation since 1866; it crafts classic bespoke shoes and boots for both ladies and gentlemen. Construction: Hand-welted. Made in England. Grade: 10/10.
  • John Lobb (Paris) — it's a former Paris branch of John Lobb Ltd; today it belongs to Hermes. John Lobb (Paris) offers classic shoes for gentlemen. They can be Goodyear welted (ready-to-wear, Made in England) or Hand-welted (bespoke, Made in France). Grade: 8-10/10.
  • John White — since 1919; classic men's boots and shoes (solely ready-to-wear). Constructions: Blake and Cemented. Grade: 5/10. Made in Portugal.
  • Lanx — since 2018; women's and men's shoes, sneakers and boots. Only ready-to-wear. Most Lanx shoes look discreet and minimalist; however, this brand also offers several bold styles. Constructions: Cemented, Blake and others. Made in India, Portugal, England.
  • Loake — since 1880; classic and designer men's footwear (solely RTW); besides, Loake produces some shoes for women. Constructions: Goodyear Welted, Blake, Moccasin, Cemented. Made in England, India, Portugal. You can see two Loake models from our range in the pictures below.
  • London Brogues — a yound shoe brand, which doesn't disclose its year of foundation. It produces classic ready-to-wear shoes 'with a twist' ('contemporary classics'). Construction: Blake. London Brogues footwear is manufactured outside Britain.
  • Nicholas Templeman — since 2014; bespoke footwear for gentlemen. Very high quality; Hand-welted construction. Grade: 10/10. Country of production: England.
  • NPS — since 1881; durable, classic shoes — for both women and men. Only ready-to-wear. NPS shoes are usually made using the Goodyear welted construction. There are lots of conservative styles. Grade: 6/10. Country of manufacture: England.
  • Oliver Sweeney — a young brand, which doesn't disclose its year of establishment. It offers men's and women's boots and shoes (RTW and MTO). Designs are often unique. Constructions: Bologna, Blake, Cemented, Goodyear welted. Made in Italy, Portugal.
  • Pediwear — since 1976; classic and designer footwear for gentlemen. Solely RTW. Pediwear shoes and boots are manufactured using Blake and Goodyear welted constructions. There are both bold and conservative styles. Made in Spain, China, Morocco, Great Britain.
  • Reebok — since 1958; today this brand belongs to Adidas; it offers sports footwear for children, women and men. Reebok's range is very wide and diverse. Countries of production: China, Vietnam. Good quality.
  • Samuel Windsor — since 2003; cheap classic shoes with traditional designs. They're usually made using Goodyear welted construction, but their quality leaves much to be desired. Grade: 3/10. Samuel Windsor shoes are manufactured in Asia.
  • Sanders — since 1873; quality men's and women's boots and shoes (solely ready-to-wear). Designs are often conservative, but some bold styles are also offered. Constructions: Goodyear welted and Cemented. Grade: 6-7/10. Made in England.
  • Schnieder Boots — its year of foundation is unknown; women's and men's boots for horse riding (and — sometimes — for casual wear). Bespoke, MTM, RTW. Conservative designs (in most cases). Excellent quality. Made in Britain.
  • Shipton & Heneage — since 1989; men's and womens RTW shoes — from house slippers to oxfords. Their design is usually discreet, but some exceptions do exist. Constructions: Cemented, Blake and Goodyear welted. Grade: 5-7/10. Made in England, Spain, Italy.
  • Solovair — since 1995; this brand belongs to NPS company (see above). It offers practical and reliable RTW footwear for women and men. Solovair shoes and boots are always informal. They are made using a variation of the Goodyear welted construction. Grade: 6/10. Country of manufacture: England.
  • Tricker's — since 1829; classic footwear for gentlemen (bespoke and RTW); besides, it also offers several women's styles. Tricker's specialises in country shoes and boots, but it makes dress/city shoes too. Constructions: Goodyear welted, Veldtschoen. Grade: 6-7/10. Made in England.
  • Vegetarian Shoes — since 1990; ready-to-wear shoes for vegetarians and vegans (and these shoes are made exclusively of synthetic materials). Constructions: Cemented, Goodyear welted and others. Designs: from traditional and quite stylish to mass-market, plain and dull. Made in England, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain.
  • Walsh — since 1961; quality unisex sneakers for sport activities and casual wear. Only RTW. Designs range from peculiar and vibrant to very discreet. Made in England. Good quality.
  • Wildsmith — since 1847; today this brand belongs to Herring Shoes and offers ready-to-wear shoes for gentlemen. Lasts are classic, but designs are often a bit unusual and unique. Grade: 7-8/10. Construction: Goodyear welted. Country of production: the United Kingdom.
  • W N Sowerby — since 1927; men's country footwear; however, some city boots are also offered. Solely RTW. Construction: Goodyear welted.

You will find much more details about aforementioned labels in our catalogue called 'English Shoe Brands'.

Finnish shoe brands

  • Janita — since 1959; it specialises in women's casual shoes with mass-market designs. Only RTW. Country of production: Finland.
  • Kuoma — since 1928; it makes sports and casual clothing and footwear for children, women and men. Most styles are discreet. Made in Finland.
  • Luhta — since 1907; it's one of the most famous Finnish clothing brands. It offers informal shoes for men and women.
  • Minna Parikka — since 2005; bold footwear for children and women. Designs are somewhat eccentric: all models feature decorative rubber ears on the vamp or on the tongue. Country of manufacture: Spain.
  • Saint Vacant — since 2005; this brand offers classic men's shoes crafted using the Goodyear welted method. Their design is generally conservative, but some bold models are also offered. Made in Portugal.
  • Sievi — since 1951; safety and occupational footwear for men and women. Country of production: Finland.
  • Terhi Polkki — since 2011; women's shoes with minimalist designs. Made in Portugal.
  • TopMan — since 1958; dress and casual boots and shoes (only for men). Their design is usually discreet, but there are also some bold styles. Topman's factory is located in Finland.

More information about Finnish footwear can be found in our catalogue called 'Finnish Shoe Brands'.

French shoe brands

  • Altan Bottier — since 1973; bespoke and RTW shoes — often with picturesque patina. Constructions: Blake, Hand-welted, Goodyear Welted. Grade: 7-10/10. Made in France (bespoke), Italy, Spain, Portugal (RTW).
  • Aigle — since 1853; men's and women's wellington boots with thick soles + textile and informal ready-to-wear shoes made of leather and textile. Constructions: Vulcanized, Norwegian welted, Goodyear welted, Blake, Direct Attach. Countries of production: France, Czech Republic, Slovakia, China, Portugal, Italy.
  • Anthony Delos — a high-class shoemaker; he worked in his own atelier from 2004 to 2012; since 2012 he has been working for Berluti (see below).
  • Arche — since 1968; designer ready-to-wear shoes for women and men. They are flexible and informal. Arche footwear is made in France.
  • Art-Peaux — since 1984; MTO and MTM footwear for men and women. Lots of informal styles; some models are eccentric. Made in France.
  • Artika and ATК — these brands belong to Samson company (see below), which has been in operation since 1929. Artika and ATK offer women's RTW footwear — with both unique and more or less standard designs. Besides, ATK's range includes several shoe styles for men.
  • Aubercy — since 1935; elegant footwear for men — with both unusual and classic designs. Bespoke, MTO, RTW. Constructions: Blake (RTW) and Hand-welted (bespoke). Grade: 8-10/10. Made in Italy (RTW), France (bespoke).
  • Berluti — since 1895; expensive shoes with striking designs; some classic shoes are also offered. Constructions: Blake and Goodyear welted (RTW) Hand-welted (bespoke). Grade: 6-10/10. Countries of production: Italy (RTW) and France (bespoke).
  • Bexley — since 1985; relatively inexpensive ready-to-wear shoes for men. Designs are often elegant and classic. Constructions: Blake, Cemented, Moccasin. Grade: 5/10. Bexley shoes are made in Europe but not in France.
  • Bocage — since 1966; RTW shoes for women and men. Designs are mostly discreet, but there are several exceptions. Constructions: Blake, Lateral, Cemented. Grade: 4-5/10. Made in China, France, India, Portugal.
  • Bosabo — since 1890; informal MTO footwear for children, men, women. This brand specialises in sandals and clogs. Its men's styles are usually dull / somber; however, its women's styles can be quite vibrant. Made in France.
  • Botalo — since 1968; informal shoes for children, women, men. Only ready-to-wear. Designs: from arguable and experimental to classic.
  • Bruno Metzger — since 1994; classic bespoke footwear for men; several ready-to-wear styles. Constructions: Hand-welted, Goodyear welted. Bespoke shoes from this brand are manufactured in France.
  • Caulaincourt — since 2008; quality ready-to-wear and made-to-measure boots and shoes (both men's and women's). Constructions: Blake, Bologna, Goodyear welted, Norwegian welted. Grade: 6-7/10. Made in France.
  • Canin — since 1976; MTO and MTM footwear for trekking. Designs: from bold to neutral. Made in France.
  • Charentaises.fr — since 1982; ready-to-wear slippers for children, men and women. Designs: from plain / neutral to unusual.
  • Christian Louboutin — since 1991; expensive designer footwear for women. Ready-to-wear, bespoke, made-to-order. Christian Louboutin's shoes are known for their red soles. Country of production: Italy.
  • Clergerie — since 1981; informal ready-to-wear shoe styles — for both men and women. Designs are often peculiar, sometimes arguable. Constructions: Goodyear welted and others (much simpler ones). Grade: 5-6/10. Country of manufacture: France.
  • Corthay — since 1990; bespoke and ready-to-wear shoes and boots for gentlemen. Their design is often creative and vibrant. Constructions: Goodyear welted (RTW), Hand-welted (bespoke). Grade: 8-10/10. Made in France.
  • Degorce — since 1935; sneakers, sandals, espadrilles and house slippers. Only RTW. Country of manufacture: France. Designs range from eccentric to neutral.
  • Delcros — since 1976; orthopedic and classic footwear. Bespoke and RTW; with both elegant and mass-market or even arguable designs. Country of manufacture: France (at least sometimes).
  • Dimitri Gomez/Dimitri Bottier — a high-class shoemaker; he works in the Crockett & Jones shop in Paris and crafts classic МТО and bespoke shoes for gentlemen. Designs can be both traditional and unusual, bold. Construction: Hand-welted. Grade: 10/10. Made in France.
  • Emilie Karston — since 1987; women's ready-to-wear shoes. Designs range from minimalist to extravagant. Countries of production: France and others states.
  • Emling — a young brand, which doesn't disclose its year of foundation. It offers classic men's boots and shoes made using Blake, Cemented, Goodyear Welted and Moccasin constructions. Grade: 5-7/10. Solely RTW. Countries of manufacture: Spain, Italy, Portugal.
  • Espasoule — since 1971; budget men's and women's espadrilles. Only RTW. Designs: from plain and neutral to quite bold and striking. Made in France.
  • Finsbury — since 1986; men's classic RTW footwear. There are a lof ot English-style shoes, but Finsbury also offers models with arguable designs. Constructions: Blake, Goodyear welted, Cemented. Grade: 5-6/10. Made in Italy, Portugal, Spain.
  • Free Lance — since 1980; designer RTW footwear for women. Country of manufacture: France. Designs: from extravagant to discreet and conservative.
  • Gatine — since 1882; women's and men's RTW footwear (mostly informal). Designs: from strange / unusual to classic. Country of production: France.
  • Gerard Sene — since 1944; classic and designer RTW shoes for gentlemen — with both discreet and bold / vibrant designs. Construction: usually Blake. Made in Italy.
  • Gustavia — since 2015; men's shoes with handmade patina. Solely ready-to-wear. Grade: 7/10. Gustavia shoes are manufactured in Portugal and patinated in France. They're made using Goodyear welted construction.
  • Heschung — since 1934; sturdy RTW and MTO footwear with both bold and discreet designs; for both men and women. Constructions: Norwegian welted, Blake, Goodyear welted. Grade: 6-7/10. Made in Hungary, France.
  • Hirica — since 1904; various ready-to-wear shoes (only women's) — from extravagant to neutral, plain. Country of production: France.
  • Isotoner — since 1880; informal RTW footwear for men and women (slippers, sandals, flat shoes). Quality varies; it can range from good to mediocre. Countries of manufacture: China and France.
  • Jacques & Demeter — since 2011; quality classic shoes (only for men... and only ready-to-wear ones). Constructions: Goodyear welted, Blake, Norwegian welted. Grade: 6-7/10. Made in France.
  • Jean-Baptiste Rautureau — since 1870; shoes, sneakers and boots for men (only RTW). Their design is usually peculiar, but sometimes it's quite classic. Constructions: Norwegian welted, Blake, Goodyear welted. Made in France.
  • Joseph Malinge — since 1986; classic boots and shoes for gentlemen. Made-to-order. Constructions: Goodyear welted, Blake. Grade: 6/10 or higher. Country of production: France.
  • J.M.Weston — since 1891; classic MTO and RTW footwear for gentlemen and ladies. Designs are often elegant and conservative. Constructions: Goodyear welted, Blake, Norwegian welted. Grade: 6-8/10. Made in France.
  • John Lobb Paris — since 1976; this brand belongs to Hermes company; it 'grew out' of the former Paris branch of John Lobb Ltd. Today this label offers classic gentlemen's shoes: RTW (Goodyear welted, Grade: 8/10) and bespoke (Hand-welted, Grade: 10/10). RTW shoes are made in England; bespoke ones are crafted in France.
  • Kiss Moon — since 2015; this brand offers inexpensive women's and men's footwear — both classic and designer. Only RTW. Designs range from very conservative to quite peculiar. Construction: Cemented. Grade: 4/10. Made in China.
  • Kleman — since 1988; men's and women's RTW footwear with informal designs (sometimes neutral and plain, sometimes peculiar). Made in France.
  • Kost — since 2009; designer and classic shoe styles — for both men and women. Only RTW. Constructions: Moccasin, Cemented. Countries of production: Portugal, France and probably some other states.
  • K.Jacques — since 1933; beach shoes for men and women; ready-to-wear and bespoke. Its men's styles are usually quite plain / neutral, but women's styles are often vibrant, flashy. High quality. Made in France.
  • La Botte Gardiane — since 1956; MTM, MTO and RTW footwear — both men's and women's. Designs are usually discreet. Made in France.
  • La Maison de L'Espadrille — since 1960; men's and women's espadrilles and slippers (only RTW). Designs can be both discreet and unusual / bold. Good quality. Countries of production: France, Spain.
  • Lady — since 1957; lots of ready-to-wear shoes for women; its men's range is much narrower (it includes only slippers). Construction: usually Cemented. Men's styles look neutral / plain; women's styles are sometimes extravagant. Made in France.
  • La Sandale du Pelerin — since 1980; sandals for men and women (only ready-to-wear). Designs: from very discreet to flashy, vibrant. Country of manufacture: France.
  • Lasso-Shoes — its year of establishment is unknown; house slippers for children, women and men. Most styles are made of felt. Only RTW. Made in France.
  • Laure Bassal — since 1909; women's RTW footwear. There are lots of various styles: from vibrant and extravagant to discreet and plain. Country of manufacture: France.
  • Le Belle Fortoise — its year of foundation is unknown; casual women's footwear (only MTO). Construction: usually Blake, but there are some exceptions. Made in France.
  • Loding — since 1998; classic RTW footwear for gentlemen; most styles look traditional, but there are also some designer shoes. Constructions: Blake and Goodyear welted. Grade: 5-6/10. Country of manufacture: Portugal (at least sometimes).
  • Luhmen — since 2013; men's and women's ready-to-wear sneakers with peculiar designs (but lasts are classic). Made in France.
  • Made in Romans — since 2010; ready-to-wear shoe styles for men and women (mostly informal ones, with discreet designs). Country of production: France.
  • Malfroid — since 2018; gentlemen's ready-to-wear shoes made using Goodyear welted and Norwegian welted constructions. Designs are often classic, but some unusual styles are also on offer. Grade: 6-7/10. Made in Portugal.
  • Max Vincent — since 1975; children's, women's and men's footwear; RTW, MTO, MTM. Designs: from minimalist to unusual. Made in France.
  • Méduse — since 1946; inexpensive plastic shoes for children, men and women. Only ready-to-wear. Made in France. Designs: from flashy to plain.
  • Mephisto — since 1965; informal and definitely not elegant RTW shoes for women and men. Some styles feature Gore-Tex membrane. Constructions: Cemented, Goodyear welted, Norwegian welted. Grade: 4-6/10. Made in France, China, Portugal, Bosnia & Herzegovina.
  • Merlet — since 1974; dancing and ballet footwear for women and men. Designs are generally discreet, but some exceptions do exist. Country of manufacture: France.
  • Milémil — since 2014; sports and casual RTW shoes with the lowest level of formality and a bit unusual designs. There are styles for both men's and women's. Country of production: France.
  • Montlimart — since 2016; men's ready-to-wear shoes with the lowest formality level and (in most cases) peculiar designs. Made in France, Spain, Portugal.
  • Marc Guyot — since 1995; expensive RTW footwear for gentlemen. Designs can be both traditional and creative (sometimes even strange). Constructions: Blake, Goodyear welted. Grade: 7/10. Country of manufacture: Portugal.
  • Markowski — this brand was closed down several years ago and replaced with Prince-Jorge label (see below). It offered classic RTW shoes for men.
  • Massaro — since 1894; women's and men's shoes. Only bespoke. Designs: from conservative to avant-garde. Constructions: Hand-welted and others. Made in France.
  • Opéra National de Paris — since 2015; women's RTW footwear — with both plain and fancy designs. Construction: Stitch & Return (in most cases). Country of production: France.
  • Orban's — since 2015; RTW shoes for ladies and gentlemen. Their design is often classic; however, several styles can be called peculiar. Constructions: Goodyear welted, Blake, Norwegian welted and others. Made in Spain.
  • Paraboot — since 1908; high-quality RTW footwear for men and women (mostly informal, but dress shoes are also offered). Constructions: Goodyear welted, Norwegian welted, Blake, Moccasin. Grade: 5-7/10. Made in France, Spain, Portugal.
  • Prince-Jorge — since 2013; English-style shoes for men. Solely ready-to-wear. Constructions: Goodyear welted and (much more rarely) Blake. Grade: 6-7/10. Made in Spain, Portugal.
  • Prodiso — since 1977; ready-to-wear espadrilles (men's, women's, children's). Designs: from neutral to eccentric. Made in France.
  • Repetto — since 1947; women's and men's shoes (only RTW). It must be noted that this brand specialises in ballet footwear. Constructions: Welded / Cemented and Stitch & Return. Made in Portugal, France.
  • Rivieras — since 2009; informal ready-to-wear shoes for women and men. This brand specialises in a bit unusual styles; they can be described as hybrids of loafers and espadrilles. There are various designs: from plain to vibrant. Made in Spain.
  • Samson — this company has been in operation since 1929; it owns Artika and ATK brands (they were described earlier). Samson offers various RTW footwear for women's and several men's styles.
  • Sandales Camargue — since 1995; women's sandals (ready-to-wear and made-to-measure). Its range is very wide, and there are lots of various designs. Country of manufacture: France.
  • Sandales Côté mer — since 1995; men's and women's sandals. MTM and MTO. Designs: from bold and bright to plain and minimalist. Made in France.
  • Sensiboot — since 1996; informal women's shoes, which resemble moccasins but significantly differ from them. Only made-to-measure. Designs are often peculiar, sometimes flashy. Made in France.
  • Septieme Largeur — its year of foundation is unknown; this brand specialises in men's and women's RTW shoes with traditional and discreet designs; besides, it offers a bit unusual styles too. Septieme Largeur shoes are Goodyear welted and made in Spain. Grade: 5-7/10.
  • Soft'in — since 2011; ready-to-wear sneakers and slippers for men and women. Designs can be both neutral and peculiar. Made in France.
  • TBS (Terre Battue Synthetique) — since 1978; informal RTW footwear for women and men. The most famous products are boat shoes and tennis shoes. Constructions: Cemented, Goodyear welted, Blake. Made in Portugal, India, France, Indonesia.
  • Umo — since 1947; informal RTW shoes — both plain and unusual. There are styles for children, men, women. Construction: usually Direct Injection.
  • Wakaté — since 1998; designer women's footwear — both quite traditional and eccentric. Made in France. Only MTO.
  • Zespa — since 2009; casual RTW footwear for men and women (sneakers, boots). Constructions: Goodyear welted and others (simpler ones). High quality. Country of manufacture: France.

More details about all these labels and factories are avaiable in our catalogue devoted to French shoe brands.

German shoe brands

  • Adidas — since 1924; it offers a huge range of sports and casual footwear for men and women. Good quality (in most cases). Made in China, India, Turkey, Vietnam, Italy, Germany.
  • ara — since 1949; women's and men's RTW footwear. Ara shoes are manufactured using the following methods (constructions): Cemented, Strobel, Moccasin (with glued / cemented outsoles), Side Stitched, Direct Injection (Moulded), California. Grade: 4/10. Made in India, Romania, Italy.
  • Buffalo — since 1979; mass-market RTW footwear — mostly for women, but there are also several styles for men (with both discreet and peculiar designs). Constructions: Cemented and probably others (simple ones). Grade: 4/10. Made in Spain, Portugal.
  • Caprice — since 1990; this brand offers a wide range of mass-market women's shoes and several men's styles. Constructions: Vulcanized and Cemented. Grade: 4/10. Caprice shoes are manufactured in Myanmar, Pakistan, China.
  • Eduard Meier (Ed Meier) — since 1596; classic gentlemen's shoes made using Goodyear welted construction. Solely ready-to-wear. Conservative designs. Grade: 7/10. Countries of production: the United Kingdom and probably some other states.
  • Gordon & Bros — its year of foundation is unknown; relatively inexpensive RTW footwear for men. Gordon & Bros shoes are made using Blake Rapid and Goodyear welted constructions. There are classic and designer styles. Country of manufacture: India.
  • Heinrich Dinkelacker — since 1879; high-quality men's shoes with conservative designs. RTW and (only for existing customers) bespoke. Constructions: Hand-welted and Goyser. Grade: 8h-10/10. Made in Hungary.
  • Jomos — since 1928; casual men's and women's shoe styles. Solely ready-to-wear. Designs are often plain, typically mass-market. Grade: 4/10. Made in Germany.
  • Josef Seibel — since 1886; RTW footwear for women and men; designs are discreet and plain. Constructions: Vulcanized, Cemented and others (non-welted ones). Grade: 4/10. Made in Hungary, Bulgaria, China, Germany, Albania, Indonesia.
  • Lloyd — since 1888; classic and designer ready-to-wear shoes for women and men. They are manufactured using Cemented, Blake and (very rarely) Goodyear welted constructions. Grade: 4-7/10. Made in Romania, India, Germany.
  • Marc — since 1938; mass-market casual footwear. Only RTW; for both men and women. Designs are neutral and plain; constructions are simple, low-cost. Countries of manufacture: Portugal and probably some other states.
  • Meindl — since 1928; men's and women's boots for casual wear and outdoor activities. Only RTW. Designs: from eccentric to plain. Constructions: Goodyear welted and others. Grade: 5-6/10. Made in Germany, China, Slovenia, Romania.
  • Prime Shoes — since 1991; classic ready-to-wear shoes for gentlemen. Designs are mostly conservative, but there are some exceptions. Constructions: Blake Rapid, Sacchetto, Goodyear welted.
  • Puma — since 1948; sports footwear for men and women. Puma's range is very wide. Countries of production: Vietnam, China, Romania. Good quality.
  • Salamander — since 1885; men's and women's RTW footwear with discreet designs (however, some exceptions do exist). Constructions: Cemented and Vulcanized. Grade: 4/10. Made in Romania, Poland, India, Spain, Italy, Romania, Germany, Bosnia & Herzegovina.
  • ShoePassion — since 2010; classic footwear for ladies and gentlemen. Designs are mostly traditional but sometimes peculiar. Constructions: Goodyear welted, Moccasin, Blake. Grade: 5-7/10. Made in Italy, Spain.
  • Sioux — since 1954; inexpensive men's and women's boots and shoes; only ready-to-wear. Most styles are typically mass-market, but some nice shoes are also offered. Constructions: Cemented, Bologna, California, Moccasin. Made in India, Portugal.

More details about these labels and companies can be found in our catalogue devoted to German shoe brands.

Hungarian shoe brands

  • Atilla — since 1991; classic men's shoes and boots; made-to-measure and ready-to-wear. Designs are mostly traditional, but there are several exceptions. Constructions: Hand-welted, Goyser. Grade: 8h/10. Atilla shoes are made in Hungary.
  • Buday — since 2007; classic men's footwear; ready-to-wear, made-to-measure, made-to-order and bespoke; with both conservative and creative designs. Constructions: Hand-welted and Goyser. Grade: 8h/10. Country of production: Hungary.
  • Laszlo Vass — since 1978; classic boots and shoes (mostly men's, but some women's styles are also offered). MTM (semi-bespoke), MTO, RTW. Designs are usually discreet. Constructions: Hand-welted, Goyser. Grade: 8h/10. Made in Hungary.
  • Rozsnyai — since 1980; classic men's shoes and boots; ready-to-wear, made-to-order, bespoke. Designs can be both traditional and unusual. Constructions: Hand-welted and Goyser. Grade: 8h-9h/10. Rozsnyai shoes are manufactured in Hungary.

You can find more information about these labels in our catalogue devoted to Hungarian shoe brands.

Indonesian shoe brands

  • Chevalier — since 2011; RTW footwear for men and women — from experimental to conservative. Construction: usually Blake Rapid. Made in Indonesia.
  • Jalan Sriwiyaja — since 2003; RTW boots and shoes crafted using Hand-welted construction. There are men's and women's styles. Designs are generally classic, but some exceptions do exist. Country of manufacture: Indonesia.
  • Junkard — since 2010; men's made-to-order and ready-to-wear shoes made using Hand-welted, Norwegian welted, Veldtschoen constructions. There are both traditional and unusual styles. Country of manufacture: Indonesia.
  • Mario Minardi — since 1982; RTW, MTM and MTO shoes — women's and men's, both conservative and unusual (some designs are arguable). Constructions: Cemented, Goodyear welted, Blake. Made in Indonesia.
  • Onderhoud — its year of establishment is unknown; men's made-to-order shoes and boots crafted using Veldtschoen and Hand-welted constructions. All styles are casual, informal. Made in Indonesia.
  • Sagara Bootmaker — since 2010; men's footwear made using Norwegian welted and Hand-welted constructions. Most styles are informal, but there are also some formal shoes (sometimes with very conservative designs). RTW and MTO. Country of production: Indonesia.
  • Santalum — since 2010; informal men's shoes — only made-to-order. Design is plain and discreet. Constructions: Veldtschoen, Hand-welted. Country of manufacture: Indonesia.
  • TXTURE — since 2009; classic footwear for men (but several peculiar styles are also on offer). MTO and RTW. Most TXTURE shoes are informal. Constructions: Tirolese, Hand-welted, Veldtschoen. Made in Indonesia.
  • Vahtia — since 2020; classic shoe styles for men. Ready-to-wear. Construction: Hand-welted. Low and middle levels of formality. Country of manufacture: Indonesia.
  • Winson Shoemaker — its year of foundation is unknown; made-to-order shoes and boots crafted using Norwegian welted and Hand-welted constructions. Designs can be both classic and peculiar. Made in Indonesia. Only men's footwear.

More information about Indonesian shoe brands is available here.

Italian shoe brands

  • Accademia — since the early 1970s; designer women's shoes (solely ready-to-wear). Designs range from bold and peculiar to discreet and plain. Country of manufacture: Italy.
  • Alberto Guardiani — since 1981; women's and men's footwear — mainly casual and sports, sometimes with arguable designs. Only ready-to-wear. Grade: 5/10. Made in Italy.
  • Alexander Hotto — since 2003; informal men's and women's RTW footwear — with both unsual and quite standard designs. Construction: Sacchetto (Bologna) (in most cases). Made in Italy.
  • Aldo Brue — since 1946; quite mediocre ready-to-wear shoes for women and men, often with nondescript designs. Constructions: Bologna, Blake, Cemented. Grade: 4-5/10. Made in Italy.
  • Artioli — since 1945; designer ready-to-wear shoes for gentlemen. Their design is often unusual and creative, but some classic styles are also on offer. Constructions: Bologna and Blake. Grade: 7-8/10. Country of manufacture: Italy.
  • ASH — since 2000; designer women's and men's footwear (only RTW). There are sports and casual styles (usually informal ones). Country of production: China.
  • A. Testoni — since 1929; classic and designer shoes. Ready-to-wear; for both men and women. Constructions: Bologna, Blake, Piuma Rapid, Norvegese, Goodyear Bolognese. Grade: 5-8/10. Made in Romania (Basic line), Italy (other lines).
  • Baldan — since 1948; expensive women's footwear (only RTW) — with both striking and quite classic designs. Country of production: Italy.
  • Attilio Giusti Leombruni (AGL) — since 1958; designer women's shoes. Solely ready-to-wear. Country of manufacture: Italy.
  • Baldinini — since 1910; ready-to-wear boots and shoes for women and men. Its styles are often bold and sometimes even arguable. Constructions: Cemented, Vulcanised and probably some others. Grade: 4-5/10. Made in Italy, China. It should be noted that Russia is one of key markets for Baldinini.
  • Barbanera — since 2011; classic men's footwear (RTW and MTO) — with both discreet and unusual / bold designs. Constructions: Goodyear welted and Blake. Grade: 7/10. Made in Italy.
  • Barrett — since 1917; designer and classic ready-to-wear shoes for men. This brand offers both unusual and traditional styles. Constructions: Bologna, Tubular, Blake Rapid, Goodyear welted, Norvegese. Grade: 6-7/10. Country of manufacture: Italy.
  • Belsire — since 2015; men's and women's shoes — both classic and designer ones. Solely RTW. Construction: Blake. Grade: 5/10. Made in Italy.
  • Bikkembergs — since 1986; sports and casual RTW footwear for women and men. Designs range from eccentric to more or less neutral / plain. Countries of production: Cambodia, China.
  • Bontoni — this brand doesn't disclose its year of foundation. It produces expensive ready-to-wear and bespoke boots and shoes for gentlemen. Designs are mostly classic but sometimes unique and creative. Constructions: Blake Rapid, Norvegese, Hand-welted, Goodyear welted. Grade: 7-9h/10. Made in Italy.
  • Branchini — since 1989; women's and men's shoes — both classic and designer, sometimes eccentric. Only ready-to-wear. Constructions: Norvegese, Goodyear welted, Blake and Blake Rapid. Grade: 7-9/10. Country of manufacture: Italy.
  • Bruno Magli — since 1936; women's and men's footwear — both designer and classic. Constructions: Sacchetto (Bologna), Moccasin, Blake. Solely ready-to-wear. Grade: 5-7/10. Made in Italy.
  • Buttero — since 1974; casual women's and men's shoes — with both plain and quite extravagant designs. Only RTW. Constructions: Blake and others. Grade: 5-6/10. Country of production: Italy.
  • Cardinale — since 1978; classic, English-style shoes and some other models. Only RTW (and only for men). Constructions: Blake, Blake Rapid, Moccasin, Goodyear welted. Grade: 5-6/10. Made in Italy.
  • Car Shoe — since 1963; driving shoes, sneakers and boots (trekking, casual). Constructions: Vulcanised, Tubular and (probably) some others. Made in Italy.
  • Cesare Paciotti — since 1948; this Italian brand offers a wide range of women's and men's footwear. There are various designs: from more or less traditional to bold and experimental. Country of manufacture: Italy. Only RTW.
  • Casadei — since 1958; expensive designer shoes for women (ready-to-wear). Designs can be both discreet and extravagant. Casadei shoes are manufactured in Italy.
  • Diadora — since 1948; high-quality sports shoes for men and women. Diadora has a very wide and diverse range of footwear. Countries of production: Italy, Indonesia, China, Vietnam.
  • Dino Bigioni — since 1960s; women's and men's RTW footwear — with both classic and creative designs (sometimes arguable ones). Constructions: Cemented, Blake, Goodyear Welted and Blake Rapid. Grade: 4-6/10. County of manufacture: Italy.
  • Doucal's — since 1973; classic and designer boots and shoes for men and women. Only ready-to-wear. Designs: from traditional to unusual. Construction: Blake. Grade: 5/10. Doucal's footwear is manufactured in Italy.
  • Enzo Bonafe — since 1963; classic men's shoes; МТО and RTW. This brand offers both traditional and a bit unusual styles. Constructions: Hand-welted, Blake, Norvegese. Grade: 7-8/10. Excellent price-quality ratio. Made in Italy.
  • Ernesto Dolani — since 1999; designer casual footwear (RTW) for men and women. This brand offers a lot of 'artificially aged' styles. Constructions: Blake, Cemented. Grade: 4-5/10. Made in Italy.
  • Fabi — since 1965; classic and designer RTW footwear for women and men. Constructions: Blake, Vulcanised, Cemented and Goodyear Flex. Grade: 5-7/10 (very rarely — 8/10). Fabi shoes are usually manufactured in Italy.
  • Fracap — since 1908; casual and informal RTW boots for women and men. Construction: Ideal Stitch (Stitchdown). Designs: from bright to discreet. Good quality. Country of production: Italy.
  • Franceschetti — since the beginning of the 20th century; men's and women's ready-to-wear shoes and boots. Designs: from classic to experimental. Constructions: Vulcanised, Blake Rapid, Blake. Grade: 6-7/10 (sometimes up to 8/10). Made in Italy.
  • Fratelli Rossetti — since 1953; men's and women's shoes and boots. RTW, MTM, MTO. Designs: from classic to avant-garde and arguable. Constructions: Blake Rapid, Goodyear welted, Blake. Grade: 5-7/10. Made in Italy.
  • Geox — since 1995; RTW footwear for men and women. Geox shoes are usually equipped with a breathable and waterproof membrane. Constructions: Cemented, Vulcanised. Grade: 4-5/10. Countries of production: Italy, Tunisia, Vietnam, Spain, Turkey, India and others.
  • Giorgio 1958 — since 1958; classic and unusual ready-to-wear shoes and boots for men. Giorgio 1958 footwear is made using Blake construction. Country of manufacture: Italy.
  • Giovanni Fabiani — since 1971; classic and designer women's shoes and boots (solely RTW); without eccentric details. Construction: usually Cemented. Made in Italy.
  • Gravati — since 1909; classic shoe styles for women and men. Only RTW. Most Gravati shoes are discreet. Constructions: Moccasin, Blake, Bologna, Goodyear welted. Grade: 6-7/10. Gravati footwear is manufactured in Italy.
  • Gucci — since 1921; ready-to-wear shoe styles for men and women. Designs: from avant-garde to elegant and classic. Construction: Blake (in most cases). Grade: 6-7/10. Country of production: Italy.
  • Hide & Jack — since 2014; men's and women's sneakers — from neutral to bold and very unusual ones. Only ready-to-wear. Constructions: Strobel and others. Made in Italy.
  • Iceberg — since 1974; expensive RTW footwear with bold and striking designs (sometimes even eccentric). There are men's and women's styles. Made in Italy, Turkey.
  • Jo Ghost — since 1972; RTW shoes and boots for men and women. Most styles are peculiar; designs are sometimes arguable. Some Jo Ghost shoes are 'artificially aged'. Constructions: Blake and others. Country of manufacture: Italy.
  • Joshua Sanders — since 2012; informal RTW footwear with vibrant and bold designs. There are women's and men's styles. Made in Italy.
  • Lendvay & Schwarcz — one of Franceschetti's brands (see above); its year of establishment is unknown. Lendvay & Schwarcz offers Austro-Hungarian-style RTW shoes for gentlemen. Construction: Blake Rapid (exceptions are possible). Grade: 6-7/10. Country of production: Italy.
  • Loriblu — since 1970; a wide range of RTW footwear for women + several styles for men. Designs are generally discreet. Constructions: Cemented, Blake. Grade: 5/10. Loriblu footwear is manufactured in Italy.
  • Manebi — since 2011; women's and men's espadrilles (RTW) — both bold and plain ones. Construction: typical for espadrilles. High quality. Made in Spain.
  • Mario Bruni — since 1935; classic and designer men's shoes. Only ready-to-wear. Constructions: Blake, Blake Rapid. Made in Italy.
  • Marsell — since 2001; casual designer boots for men and women. They are peculiar and sometimes avant-garde. Only RTW. Construction: Blake. Grade: 5-6/10. Marsell shoes are manufactured in Italy.
  • Moreschi — since 1946; women's and men's ready-to-wear shoes and boots — both designer and classic. Constructions: Blake (in most cases), Goodyear Welted (rarely). Grade: 6-7/10. Country of production: Italy.
  • Nando Muzi — since 1963; women's ready-to-wear shoes — both very bold and discreet. Made in Italy.
  • Nero Giardini — since 1975; men's and women's ready-to-wear shoes. Designs: from discreet and formal to peciliar and informal. Construction: Cemented. Grade: 4/10, sometimes closer to 5/10. Made in Italy.
  • Officine Creative — since 1997; informal and artificially aged footwear for women and men + more traditional styles. Solely RTW. Constructions: Blake, Cemented and others. Grade: 5-6/10. Made in Italy.
  • Pakerson — since 1923; women's and men's boots and shoes. Only RTW. Designs range from elegant and classic to unusual and even typically mass-market. Constructions: Bologna, Cemented, Blake. Grade: 4-6/10. Country of manufacture: Italy.
  • Paolo Scafora — since 1956; men's shoes with both peculiar and classic designs. Lots of styles are elegant and attractive. RTW, MTO, bespoke. Constructions: Hand-welted, Norvegese, Tirolese, Bologna. Grade: 9-10/10. Made in Italy.
  • Primabase — since 2000; various sneakers for women and men. Designs can be both peculiar and quite standard. Only RTW. Country of production: Italy.
  • Rayne — since 1885; women's shoes and boots. Solely ready-to-wear. Designs are peculiar and unique but not extravagant. Rayne shoes are manufactured in Italy.
  • Rocco P. — since 1991; ready-to-wear shoes and boots — both women's and men's. Their design is unusual, sometimes arguable and extravagant. Country of manufacture: Italy.
  • Pollini — since 1953; designer and classic RTW footwear for women and men. Constructions: Cemented, Blake. Country of production: Italy (there may be exceptions).
  • Roberto Morelli — since 1956; relatively inexpensive men's shoes and boots made using Bologna and Blake constructions. Roberto Morelli's range includes both classic and peculiar styles. Grade: 5/10. Only RTW. Made in Italy.
  • Salvatore Ferragamo — since 1927; designer men's and women's footwear. Constructions: Blake, Goodyear welted and others. Grade: 6-8/10. Solely ready-to-wear. Made in Italy.
  • Santoni — since 1975; expensive footwear for women and men — both designer and classic. RTW, MTM, bespoke. Constructions: Bentivegna, Blake, Hand-welted, Goodyear welted. Grade: 6-9/10. Made in Italy.
  • Sergio Rossi — since 1968; expensive designer shoes and boots (only ready-to-wear and only for women). Country of production: Italy.
  • Silvano Lattanzi — since 1971; gentlemen's bespoke and ready-to-wear shoes — both traditional and unusual / peculiar. Constructions: Norvegese, Hand-welted, Bentivegna. Grade: 8h-9h/10. Made in Italy.
  • Silvano Sassetti — since 1977; RTW footwear for ladies and gentlemen. Designs: from formal and traditional to informal. There are some 'artificially aged' shoes. Constructions: Blake, Goodyear welted, Norvegese. Grade: 6/10. Made in Italy.
  • Stefano Bemer — since 1983; classic and very elegant men's boots and shoes. RTW, bespoke, MTO. Construction: Hand-welted. Grade: 10/10. Stefano Bemer shoes are crafted in Italy.
  • Stivaleria Savoia — since 1925; high-quality men's shoes: bespoke, MTO and RTW. Conservative and discreet designs. Constructions: Goodyear welted (RTW) and Hand-welted (bespoke). Grade: 7-9h/10. Stivaleria Savoia shoes are crafted in Italy.
  • Sutor Mantellassi — since 1912; stylish men's footwear: МТМ, МТО and RTW. Designs can be both classic and peculiar. Constructions: Blake Rapid, Norvegese, Blake, Goodyear welted. Grade: 6-8/10. Country of manufacture: Italy.
  • Tod's — since 1979; quite expensive RTW footwear — for both men and women. This brand specialises in driving moccasins, but its range also includes lots of other styles. Constructions: Moccasin, Blake and Cemented. Grade: 5-6/10. Made in Italy.
  • Velasca — since 2012; gentlemen's ready-to-wear shoes — mostly classic ones (made using Blake Rapid, Blake, Tubular constructions). Grade: 5-6/10. Country of production: Italy.
  • Versace — since 1978; fashion footwear for men and women (ready-to-wear). Lots of bold and avant-garde styles; however, Versace also offers quite discreet shoes. Made in Italy.
  • Voile Blanche — since 2005; lifestyle sneakers for men and women. Their design is often peculiar, sometimes eccentric. Country of manufacture: Italy. Only ready-to-wear.
  • W.Gibbs — one of Franceschetti's brands (see above). Its year of foundation is unknown. W.Gibbs specialises in classic English-style shoes for men; they are made using Blake Rapid and Blake constructions. Grade: 6/10. Country of manufacture: Italy.
  • №21 — since 2009; bold ready-to-wear shoes. Some designs are flashy and/or arguable. There are both men's and women's styles. Made in Italy.

More information about Italian shoe labels and manufacturers is presented in our catalogue devoted to shoe brands from Italy.

Japanese shoe brands

  • Central Shoes — since 1950; ready-to-wear shoes for gentlemen; their design is conservative, very classic. Construction: Goodyear welted. Grade: 7-8/10. Country of manufacture: Japan.
  • Clematis Ginza — since 2008; men's classic footwear. Made-to-measure, ready-to-wear and bespoke. Constructions: Goodyear welted (RTW), Hand-welted (bespoke, MTM). Grade: 8-10/10. Made in Japan.
  • Corno Blu — since 2004; classic RTW and bespoke shoes for men; a bit unusual styles are also also on offer. Constructions: Goodyear welted (RTW), Hand-welted (bespoke). Grade: 8-10/10. Made in Japan.
  • Eiji Murata/Main-d'Or — since 2004; elegant bespoke footwear for men. Classic designs. Construction: Hand-welted. Grade: 10/10. Made in Japan.
  • Floriwonne by FG Trente — since 2013; men's boots and shoes (MTO and RTW) — both peculiar and traditional. Constructions: Hand-welted (MTO) and a hybrid of Goodyear welted and Blake (RTW). Grade: 7-9/10. Country of manufacture: Japan.
  • Guild of Crafts — since 1996; high-grade boots and shoes for gentlemen; bespoke, MTM and MTO. Designs can be both conservative and creative. Constructions: Hand-welted and Tirolese. Grade: 10/10. Country of production: Japan.
  • Hiro Yanagimachi — since 1999; classic men's shoes: bespoke, MTO, MTM. Designs can be both unusual and classic. Constructions: Hand-welted, Veldtschoen, Norwegian welted. Grade: 10/10. Made in Japan.
  • Il Quadrifoglio — since 2010; classic bespoke shoes made using Hand-welted and Bentivegna constructions. Some styles are unusual, peculiar. Grade: 10/10. Country of manufacture: Japan. Il Quadrifoglio crafts only men's shoes.
  • Imai Hiroki — a shoe atelier, which doesn't disclose its year of foundation. Imai Hiroki makes bespoke and made-to-order shoes for men. Some styles are conservative; others are peculiar, sometimes bold. Constructions: Hand-welted, Blake Rapid and Blake. Made in Japan.
  • Joe Works — since 2014; men's RTW and MTO footwear — classic, discreet, manufactured using Goodyear welted construction. Grade: 8/10. Joe Works shoes are made in Japan.
  • Kanpekina/Perfetto — since 1985; classic men's boots and shoes (solely RTW). Designs: from discreet to bold and unusual. Construction: Goodyear welted. Hand-welted shoes may be launched soon. Grade: 7-9/10. Made in Japan.
  • Kiten — its year of establishment is unknown; Kiten specialises in casual RTW footwear for men. Construction: Bologna (with glued outsoles). Designs are quite peculiar.
  • Koji Endo — this very young atelier specialises in high-quality bespoke footwear (only for men). Designs are classic. Constructions of Koji Endo shoes: Hand-welted and Tirolese/Goyser. Grade: 10/10. Made in Japan.
  • Koji Suzuki — this shoemaker founded Spigola brand, which will be described below.
  • Kokon — since 1995; classic footwear for men; bespoke, MTO, MTM. Designs: from conservative to experimental. Constructions: Hand-welted (MTM, MTO, bespoke), Goodyear welted, Blake (MTO, MTM). Made in Japan, Belgium.
  • Kunai Atsushi — this shoemaker founded Il Quadrifoglio brand, which was described above.
  • Marquess — since 2011; high-grade bespoke shoes for gentlemen. There are both classic and peculiar styles. Construction: Hand-welted. Grade: 10/10. Country of manufacture: Japan.
  • Masaru Okuyama — since 2008; elegant bespoke footwear crafted using Hand-welted construction. Grade: 10/10. This atelier was founded by a Japanese shoemaker, but it is based in Hong Kong, and its shoes are also manufactured in Hong Kong. Besides, it must be noted that Masaru Okuyama makes only men's shoes.
  • Matsumoto — this brands belongs to Oriental Shoes factory, which will be described below.
  • Miyagi Kogyo — since 1941; men's and women's footwear: RTW, MTM and MTO. Miyagi Kogyo shoes are made using Goodyear welted, Veldtschoen and some other constructions. Grade: 7/10. Country of manufacture: Japan.
  • Oriental Shoes/Matsumoto — since 1957; high-quality ready-to-wear shoes for ladies and gentlemen. Designs are mostly classic and discreet. Construction: a hybrid of Goodyear welted and Blake. Grade: 7-8/10. Country of production: Japan.
  • Otsuka — since 1872; designer and classic footwear: RTW, MTO, MTM and bespoke. Otsuka offers only men's styles — both classic and unusual. Constructions: Goodyear welted, Hand-welted, Cemented and others. Grade: 5-10/10. Made in Japan.
  • Pegman — since 1991; men's ready-to-wear shoes. Traditional designs. Construction: Hand-welted.
  • Regal Shoes — since 1961; classic RTW and MTO footwear for gentlemen and ladies, It is made using Blake, Cemented and Goodyear Welted constructions. Most styles are conservative, discreet. Grade: 5-6/10. Made in Cambodia, Japan.
  • Saion — since 2007; bespoke, MTM and MTO footwear for men. This brand offers both classic and peculiar styles. Constructions: Blake (MTO), Hand-welted (bespoke, MTM). Made in Japan.
  • Sanyo Yamacho — since 2001; women's and men's footwear — mostly discreet, but there are some exceptions. RTW and MTO. Constructions: Goodyear welted, Cemented. Grade: 5-8/10. Sanyo Yamacho shoes are made in Japan.
  • Scotch Grain (Hirokawa Shoes) — since 1964; classic gentlemen's shoes; RTW and МТО. Designs can be both traditional and peculiar. Construction: Goodyear welted. Grade: 6-7/10. Scotch Grain shoes are manufactured in Japan.
  • Seiji McCarthy — since 2016; men's classic footwear with stylish designs. Bespoke, MTM, MTO. Construction: Hand-welted. Grade: 9h/10. Made in Japan.
  • Spigola — a small atelier, which doesn't disclose its year of foundation; it crafts men's shoes and boots (МТО and bespoke). Designs can be both classic and unusual. Construction: Hand-welted. Grade: 9h-10 /10. Country of production: Japan.
  • Toru Saito — since 2014; men's bespoke footwear crafted using Hand-welted construction. Designs are usually classic but sometimes a bit unusual, subtly unique. Grade: 9h-10/10. Made in Japan.
  • TYE Shoemaker — since 2010; men's and women's bespoke shoes made using Tirolese and Hand-welted constuctions (+ sometimes a hybrid of Hand-welted and Holzgenagelt). Designs: from classic to creative. Grade: 10/10. Country of manufacture: Japan.
  • Union Royal — since 1952; quality men's shoes (RTW). Most styles are classic. Constructions: Hand-welted, Blake, Goodyear welted and a hybrid of Goodyear welted and Bologna. Grade: 6-8h/10. Made in Japan, Vietnam.
  • Yohei Fukuda — since 2007; men's shoes and boots; MTM, MTO, bespoke. Designs: from very conservative to unique and creative. Construction: Hand-welted. Grade: 10/10. Yohei Fukuda shoes are crafted in Japan.
  • 42nd Royal Highland — since 1983; classic men's footwear. Solely RTW. Designs are usually traditional; however, there are some unusual styles. Constructions: Goodyear welted, Norwegian welted (by hand), Hand-welted. Grade: 6-8h/10. Made in Japan, China.

You can find more details about aforementioned labels, ateliers and factories in our catalogue called 'Japanese Shoe Brands'.

Polish shoe brands

  • Aga Prus — since 1943; classic men's and women's shoes — from conservative to 'moderately experimental'. Only bespoke. Constructions: Hand-welted, Cemented, Blake. Grade: 8-8h/10. Made in Poland.
  • Badura — since 1979; women's and men's RTW footwear. Badura's range is quite wide, Designs: from classic to unusual. Country of production: Poland.
  • Brunon Kaminski — since 1943; classic boots and shoes for women and men. Solely bespoke. Constructions: Hand-welted and others. Country of manufacture: Poland.
  • Conhpol — since 1978; RTW shoes for men and women. Conhpol's range is diverse and wide; there are both classic and peculiar styles. Constructions: Blake, Cemented and others. Grade: 4-6/10. Made in Poland.
  • Doberman — a young brand, which doesn't disclose its year of foundation; it belongs to Nord company (see below) and offers men's ready-to-wear shoes — from traditional and minimalist to peculiar and flashy. Country of production: Poland.
  • Elite — another young brand; it also belongs to Nord company and doesn't disclose its year of establishment. Elite specialises in classic women's and men's RTW footwear; besides, its range includes some designer shoes. Constructions: Blake and others. Made in Poland.
  • Gino Rossi — since 1992; ready-to-wear shoes and accessories for men and women. Gino Rossi's range is huge; it includes both classic and peculiar boots and shoes. Countries of manufacture: Poland, Italy.
  • Jan Kielman — since 1883; bespoke footwear for gentlemen and ladies (usually classic). Jan Kielman shoes are made using Hand-welted construction and its variations. Grade: 8h/10. Country of manufacture: Poland.
  • Krisbut — since 1982; casual RTW footwear for men and teenagers — both discreet and eccentric, usually far from elegance. Krisbut shoes are manufactured in Poland.
  • Krolewski Herb (KH) — since 2014; quality boots and shoes — for both men and women. Solely RTW. Classic and discreet designs; excellent price-quality ratio. Construction: Goodyear welted. Grade: 6/10. Made in Portugal.
  • Lesta — this brand has been in operation for more than 25 years; it produces women's and men's footwear — made-to-order and ready-to-wear; mostly casual, usually with mass-market designs. Many styles feature LestaTex membrane. Country of production: Poland.
  • Lord — since 2014; classic shoes for ladies and gentlemen. Excellent price-quality ratio. Moderately conservative and discreet designs. Only ready-to-wear. Construction: Blake. Grade: 5/10. Country of manufacture: Portugal.
  • Meka — this label belongs to Nord company and doesn't disclose its year of foundation. Meka offers various RTW shoes for men and women — both conservative and peculiar, bold. Constructions: Blake, Goodyear welted. Grade: 5-7/10. Made in Poland.
  • Meka Sport — another brand of Nord company; it specialises in sports and casual footwear — mostly in sneakers (ready-to-wear; for both men and women). Designs: from discreet to bold. Meka Sport shoes are made in Poland.
  • Nord — this Polish company owns several shoe brands: Elite, Doberman, Meka, Meka Sport. It has been in operation since 1989. Nord produces RTW footwear for men and women. Designs: from plain and mass-market to elegant and sophisticated. Constructions: Cemented, Goodyear welted and (probably) others. Country of manufacture: Poland.
  • Oleksy — this brand has been in operation for more than 20 years; it offers inexpensive men's and women's boots and shoes (solely RTW). Designs: from bright and unusual to discreet and traditional. Construction: Cemented (in most cases). Made in Poland.
  • Otmet — since 1930s; women's and men's ready-to-wear shoes with low level of formality and (in most cases) mass-market and/or utilitarian designs. Country of production: Poland.
  • Patine — its year of establishment is unknown; ready-to-wear shoes for men. Patine footwear is made using Goodyear welted construction. Most styles are classic; however, some Patine shoes are a bit unusual. Made in Spain.
  • Rylko — since 1964; designer and classic RTW footwear for women and men. Its formality level varies widely. Designs range from plain to elegant. Made in Poland.
  • Tadeusz Januszkiewicz — this Polish shoemaker has been working since the middle of the 20th century; he crafts high-quality classic shoes for gentlemen (solely bespoke). Constructions: Hand-welted, Goyser. Grade: 8h-9h/10. Tadeusz Januszkiewicz shoes are manufactured in Poland.
  • Wojas — since 1990; various women's and men's shoes — from discreet to bold, from absolutely informal to quite formal. Only RTW. Country of production: Poland.

Our big article about Polish shoe brands can be found here.

Portuguese shoe brands

  • Armando Silva — since 1946; designer and classic RTW footwear made using Blake, Moccasin, Cemented and Blake Rapid constructions. Grade: 5-6/10. Armando Silva shoes are manufactured in Portugal. There are only men's styles.
  • Carlos Santos — since 1942; classic RTW boots and shoes for gentlemen and ladies. Designs are often elegant, stylish. Constructions: Goodyear welted (in most cases), Bologna (rarely), Blake (rarely). Grade: 6-7/10. Made in Portugal.
  • Centenário — since 1941; quality men's and women's RTW shoes — with both classic and peculiar designs (sometimes even eccentric ones). Constructions: Goodyear welted and Moccasin. Grade: 6/10. Country of production: Portugal.
  • Chibs — since 1990s; this brand belongs to Evereste company (see below); it offers casual ready-to-wear shoes for men and women. Designs are often unusual. Constructions: Blake and others. Made in Portugal.
  • Cohibas — since 1990s; this brand also belongs to Evereste company; it produces men's and women's ready-to-wear shoes — sometimes elegant, sometimes strange. Constructions: Cemented and Blake. Cohibas footwear is manufactured in Portugal.
  • Dkode — since 1976; defunct; this brand produced men's and women's RTW footwear — both discreet and flashy. Constructions: Cemented, Blake and probably some others. Dkode shoes were manufactured in Portugal.
  • Evereste — since 1942; this company offers a wide range of ready-to-wear shoes, which are made using Cemented and Blake constructions. Designs: from discreet to unusual. Grade: 5/10 (some exceptions are possible). Evereste shoes are made in Portugal.
  • Fly London — since 1994; ready-to-wear shoe styles for children, men and women. Designs: from bold to very plain. Constructions: Cemented, Blake. Made in China, Portugal.
  • Gino Bianchi — this brand doesn't disclose its year of foundation. It belongs to Armando Silva company (see above) and offers RTW shoes for men. There are both classic and peculiar styles. Constructions: Blake Rapid and Blake. Grade: 5/10. Made in Portugal.
  • Helsar — since 1979; this company specialises in women's footwear but also offers several men's styles (only RTW, always casual and with the lowest formality level). Constructions: Stitched+Cemented, Cemented. Made in Portugal.
  • KayakStorm/Storm — since 2001; informal men's and women's footwear: boat shoes, sneakers, casual boots, moccasins, etc. Constructions: Strobel, Cemented, Moccasin, Blake. Country of manufacture: Portugal.
  • Luis Onofre — since 1999; quite expensive men's and women's shoes (only ready-to-wear ones). Designs: from conservative to unusual. Constructions: Blake and others. Grade: 6-7/10. Luis Onofre shoes are made in Portugal.
  • Mariano — since 1945; gentlemen's ready-to-wear shoes with discreet and classic designs (however, several exceptions exist). Constructions: Tubular, Bologna and Blake. Made in Portugal.
  • Miguel Vieira — since 1988; ladies' and gentlemen's footwear — both designer and classic; only ready-to-wear. Designs range from traditional to unusual and even eccentric. Constructions: Blake and Cemented. Grade: 5/10. Made in Portugal.
  • Nobrand — since 1988; women's and men's boots and shoes — both discreet and bold / flashy. Constructions: Blake and others (simple ones). Country of production: Portugal. Solely ready-to-wear.
  • Paradigma Footwear — since 1987; men's ready-to-wear shoes and boots — both classic, and designer, sometimes very peculiar. Construction: Blake. Grade: 5/10. Country of manufacture: Portugal.
  • Perks — this brand is owned by Evereste company (see above). It produces men's and women's RTW shoes and boots — often unusual ones. Constructions: Blake and others. Grade: 5/10. Made in Portugal.
  • Yucca — this label belongs to Armando Silva company (see above); it was launched recently. Yucca specialises in boat shoes and loafers manufactured using Blake construction. Only ready-to-wear. Conservative and minimalist designs. Made in Portugal.

More details about all these brands and companies are available in our article called 'Portuguese Shoe Brands'.

Russian shoe brands

  • Burgerschuhe — since 2001; inexpensive ready-to-wear boots and shoes — for both women and men. Burgerschuhe footwear is always informal, usually discreet and sometimes quite dull. Constructions: Cemented and Direct Injection. Grade: 3-4/10. Country of manufacture: Russia.
  • Calipso — since 2003; a wide range of men's and women's boots and shoes. Solely RTW. Constructions: Cemented and others (simple ones). Most Calipso shoes are made in China and Turkey; some styles are manufactured in Italy and Russia.
  • Centro — this big brand went bankrupt in 2017; it offered a very wide range of budget RTW shoes for men and women. Grade: 1-2/10. Centro footwear was usually manufactured in China (sometimes (very rarely) — in Russia).
  • Gottlieb Schwarz — a young brand, which doesn't disclose its year of foundation. It makes classic shoes — both bespoke and RTW (for ladies and gentlemen). Constructions: Blake (RTW) and Hand-welted (bespoke). Countrues of production: Russia (bespoke) and Italy (RTW).
  • Indever — since 2010; men's made-to-order shoes — both classic and designer ones. Construction: Goodyear welted. Made in Russia.
  • Migliori — since 2014; classic and designer footwear for men. Made-to-order and made-to-measure. Constructions: Cemented and Hand-welted. Country of manufacture: Russia.
  • Per Nobile — since 1991; men's bespoke shoes — both classic and unusual (with unique designs). Constructions: Hand-welted, Moccasin. Grade: 8h/10. Per Nobile shoes are crafted in Russia.
  • Ralf Ringer — since 1996; inexpensive RTW footwear for children, men, women. Designs: from typically mass-market and dull to classic and elegant. Constructions: Cemented, Direct Attach. Grade: 3-4/10. Made in Russia.
  • Respect — since 2001; women's and men's ready-to-wear boots and shoes. Constructions are simple, typical for budget footwear. There are various designs: from discreet to bold. Made in China, Turkey, Russia.
  • Tervolina — since 1992; this brand has a very wide range of RTW footwear — for children, men, women. Designs are generally quite plain and discreet. Constructions: simple ones, which are typical for budget shoes. Made in Russia, Turkey, Albania.
  • Westfalika — since 1993; relatively inexpensive ready-to-wear shoes and boots for men and women. Constructions: Cemented, Direct Injection and others. Most Westfalika styles are discreet; designs are often typically mass-market. Made in Russia, China.
  • Два мяча (Dva Myacha) — since 1965; men's and women's sneakers manufactured using classic Vulcanized construction. Their design is quite traditional; colors are usually calm. Country of production: China.
  • Тофа (Tofa) — since 1990s; budget women's and men's ready-to-wear shoes. Designs are generally mass-market, and we wouldn't call them attractive. Constructions: Cemented and others (simple ones). Country of manufacture: Russia.
  • Юничел (Unichel) — since 1932; budget men's, children's and women's RTW footwear. Designs are often plain, dull and mass-market, but there are some exceptions. Constructions: Cemented and others (simple ones). Grade: 3-4/10. Country of production: Russia.

More details about Russian shoe labels and manufacturers can be found in our catalogue called 'Russian Shoe Brands'.

Spanish shoe brands

  • A.Leyva — since 1960s; gentlemen's ready-to-wear shoes with discreet and conservative designs. Grade: 5-6/10. Country of manufacture: Spain.
  • Andres Sendra — since 1913; classic ready-to-wear shoes for women and men. Designs can be both discreet and bright. Construction: Goodyear Welted. Grade: 6-7/10. Made in Spain.
  • Animas code — a yound label, which doesn't disclose its year of foundation; it makes ready-to-wear shoes for ladies and gentlemen. There are both unusual and conservative styles. Construction: Blake. Grade: 5-6/10. Animas code shoes are made in Spain.
  • Art — since 1995; informal women's and men's footwear (often with unusual designs). Constructions: Goodyear welted, Stitch 360. Grade: 5/10. Country of manufacture: Spain.
  • Barrats 1890 — since 1999; classic gentlemen's and ladies' ready-to-wear shoes (usually discreet ones). Construction: Blake (at least sometimes). Country of manufacture: Spain.
  • Berwick — a young brand, which doesn't disclose its year of establishment; it offers classic gentlemen's shoes and boots, often English-style ones. Only RTW. Construction: Goodyear welted. Made in Spain. You can see three Berwick models from our range in the pictures below.
  • Bow-Tie — another young brand, which doesn't disclose its year of foundation; it specialises in slippers, but also offers other casual shoes and boots (ready-to-wear, only for men). Constructions: Cemented and Goodyear welted. Grade: 5-6/10. Made in Spain.
  • Calce — since 1959; men's ready-to-wear shoes — both conservative and very contemporary, sometimes with arguable desugns. Constructions: Goodyear Welted, Moccasin. Grade: 5-6/10. Country of manufacture: Spain.
  • Calzados Vidal Fernandez — since 1964; classic English-style shoes for men and women. Only RTW. Constructions: Blake Rapid, Blake. Grade: 5-6/10. Made in Spain.
  • Camper — since 1975; a wide range of mass-market casual footwear for women and men (only RTW). Designs are often creative, unusual. Constructions: Cemented, Vulcanised and others. Grade: 4-5/10. Country of production: China.
  • Carmina — since 1997; elegant and classic shoe styles for men and women (made-to-order, ready-to-wear). Construction: Goodyear welted (in most cases). Grade: 7-8/10. All Carmina shoes are made in Mallorca (Spain), and the logo of the brand highlights this fact.
  • Castañer — since 1776 (so this is the oldest Spanish shoe brand in our list); it specialises in ready-to-wear espadrilles (both men's and women's; with both discreet and vibrant designs). Construction: typical for this kind of footwear. Excellent quality. Made in Spain.
  • Chie Mihara — since 2002; women's ready-to-wear shoes — both discreet and bold ones. Good quality. Country of manufacture: Spain.
  • Cordwainer — a young brand, which does not disclose its year of establishment; it makes classic and designer shoes for gentlemen (solely RTW). Construction: Goodyear welted. Grade: 6/10. Made in Spain.
  • Crownhill shoes — another brand which doesn't disclose its year of foundation. It crafts men's and women's classic shoes (usually conservative ones; only ready-to-wear). Constructions: Goodyear welted, Blake, Kiowa. Grade: 6-7/10. Made in Spain.
  • Edward Allan — one more brand which doesn't disclose its year of establishment; it offers gentlemen's ready-to-wear shoes made using Goodyear welted construction. Designs range from classic to unusual and even arguable. Made in Spain.
  • El Naturalista — since 2001; casual ready-to-wear shoes (always informal; for both women and men). Constructions: Stitch 360 and some others. Countries of production: Morocco, Spain.
  • Enrile — since 1997; bespoke and made-to-order shoes for men. Conservative designs. High-grade finishing. Grade: 9h/10. Construction: Hand-welted. Country of manufacture: Spain.
  • Hispanitas — since 1925; a huge range of women's RTW shoes (from conservative to unusual). Construction: usually Vulcanised, but there may be exceptions. Made in Spain.
  • Lodi — since 1978; ready-to-wear shoes for men and women. There are both traditional and bold styles, sometimes heavily decorated. Country of production: Spain.
  • Lottusse — since 1877; quality ready-to-wear shoes made using Goodyear welted construction. There are both ladies' and gentlemen's styles. (However, women's shoes from Lottusse are made using other constructions). Grade: 6/10 (there may be exceptions / variations). Country of manufacture: Spain.
  • Luis Gonzalo — since 1960s; women's and men's ready-to-wear shoes (sometimes English-style ones, sometimes unusual and designer ones). Luis Gonzalo foowear is manufactured in Spain.
  • Magnanni— since 1954; gentlemen's ready-to-wear shoes. Most styles are classic 'with a twist' (some of them are quite bold). Constructions: Bologna and its variations. Grade: 6-8/10. Made in Spain.
  • Magrit — since 1929; ladies' ready-to-wear shoes. Designs: from formal and discreet to bold and striking. Magrit shoes are manufactured in the Spanish province of Alicante.
  • Martinelli — since 1973; this brand belongs to Pikolinos company (see below); it offers women's and men's RTW footwear made using Blake and Cemented constructions. Grade: 5/10. Country of production: Spain.
  • Meermin — since 2001; classic RTW shoes and boots made using Goodyear Welted and Hand-welted constructions. Their design is usually elegant. Their quality varies. Grade: 5-8h/10. Made in China (finished in Spain).
  • Mezlan — its year of foundation is unknown; designer ready-to-wear shoes for men. Designs are often bold, bright, striking. Constructions: Blake, Blake Rapid and Goodyear welted. Grade: 5-7/10. Made in Spain.
  • Michel — since 1925; designer and classic ready-to-wear shoes manufactured using Blake and Goodyear welted constructions. Good price-quality ratio. Made in Spain. There are only men's styles.
  • miSter — since 1969; men's classic footwear; however, miSter's range also includes some peculiar styles. Made-to-order and ready-to-wear. Constructions: Stitched+Cemented (without a welt) and Cemented. Made in Spain.
  • Norman Vilalta — since 2002; classic men's shoes and boots (bespoke and made-to-order + there are several ready-to-wear styles). Designs can be both creative and traditional. Constructions: Hand-welted and Goodyear welted. Grade: 8-10/10. Made in Spain.
  • Paco Milan — a young brand, which doesn't disclose its year of establishment. Paco Milan produces relatively inexpensive shoes — both elegant and plain, sometimes fanciful. Construction: Blake. Grade: 5/10. Country of manufacture: Spain.
  • Paco Valiente — since 1978; men's and women's RTW footwear (mostly sports and casual). Constructions: Blake, Bologna, Kiowa and some others. Made in Spain.
  • Panama Jack — since 1989; practical men's and women's boots. Discreet designs; the lowest level of formality. Construction: Cemented (there may be exceptions). Only ready-to-wear. Grade: 5/10. Made in Spain.
  • Pedro Garcia — since 1925; designer ready-to-wear shoes for women. Most styles are peculiar and bold, but discreet and minimalist models are also on offer. Constructions: Cemented and Vulcanised. Country of manufacture: Spain.
  • Pertini — since 1980; designer ready-to-wear shoes for ladies + several shoe styles for men (only RTW, of course). Designs are unusual and bold, sometimes flashy. Made in Spain.
  • Pielsa — since 1921; this Spanish brand specialises in boat shoes and moccasins but also offers other informal footwear (both men's and women's; solely ready-to-wear). Country of manufacture: Spain.
  • Pikolinos — since 1984; a huge range of ready-to-wear boots and shoes for women and men. Constructions: Blake, Cemented and some others. Grade: 5/10. Made in China, Spain.
  • Ramon Cuberta — since 2014; high-grade men's footwear: bespoke, RTW, MTO, MTM. Designs are classic with a twist. Constructions: Hand-welted and Goodyear welted. Grade: 8-10/10. Made in Spain.
  • Roberto Ley — since 1951; classic gentlemen's shoes (mostly discreet ones, but some peculiar styles are also on offer). Only ready-to-wear. Constructions: Blake and Blake Rapid. Made in Spain.
  • Sancho — since 1947; men's and women's cowboy boots and other casual shoe styles (always informal ones). Solely ready-to-wear. Construction: Goodyear welted. Good quality. Sancho shoes and boots are manufactured in Spain.
  • TLB Mallorca — a young brand, which doesn't disclose its year of establishment. It makes elegant and classic shoes and boots for men (RTW and MTO). Construction: Goodyear welted. Grade: 7/10. Made in Spain.
  • Umber — since 1922; women's and men's ready-to-wear shoes — both discreet and peculiar. Construction: usually Cemented. Country of manufacture: Spain.
  • Unisa — since 1970s; a very wide range of ready-to-wear shoes for women. Designs range from minimalist to bright and bold. Constructions: Vulcanised and Cemented. Made in Brazil, Spain.
  • Yanko — since 1961; high-quality classic gentlemen's shoes (often English-style ones). Construction: Goodyear Welted. Grade: 7/10. Country of production: Spain. Only ready-to-wear.

More information about aforementioned factories and labels is presented in our catalogue called 'Spanish Shoe Brands'.

Swedish shoe brands

  • Atp Atelier — since 2011; this small brand offers women's shoes, boots and leather accessories. Most designs are elegant, but you can also find some eccentric styles. Country of production: Italy.
  • Broken Bird Bootmakers — its year of foundation is unknown; made-to-order and ready-to-wear shoes for gentlemen. Classic designs. Goodyear welted construction. Made in Spain.
  • C.QP (Conversations & Quintessential Products) — since 2013; informal men's shoes (various sneakers and slip-ons). Minimalist designs. Very good quality. Country of manufacture: Portugal.
  • Eytys — since 2013; its range consists of various informal shoe styles for men and women. Designs are usually creative and bold. Eytys footwear is manufactured in Portugal and Vietnam.
  • Hasbeens — since 2006; this Swedish brand specialises in clogs but also offers various boots (only for women and only ready-to-wear). Some styles resemble 1970s footwear.
  • Morjas — its year of establishment is unknown; RTW footwear for men. The range of this brand consists mostly of classic and discreet shoes made using Goodyear welted construction. Country of manufacture: Spain.
  • Myrqvist — since 2016; this brand offers classic men's shoes made of French leather. Construction: Goodyear welted.
  • Skolyx — since 2018; RTW shoes and boots for men and women. Construction: usually Goodyear welted (sometimes Blake). Classic and elegant designs. Grade: 6/10. Skolyx shoes are manufactured in Spain.
  • Stinaa. J — since 2015; this brand makes women's shoes with orthopedic insoles. Discreet designs.
  • Ten Points — this Swedish brand offers men's and women's footwear with Scandinavian style designs. Made in Europe.
  • Tretorn — since 1891; informal footwear and outerwear for men, children and women. Designs range from bold and unique to quite discreet.
  • Troentorp — since 1907; women's and men's clogs and informal boots. Ready-to-wear and made-to-order. Designs: from bright and bold to plain. Countries of production: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sweden.
  • Ugglebo/Sandgrens — since 1846; ready-to-wear clogs for men and women. Their design is discreet. Colours range from dark to pale. High quality. Made in Sweden.
  • Vagabond — since 1973; ladies' and gentlemen's RTW footwear — from oxfords to sneakers and sandals. Most designs are classic, minimalist. Grade: 4/10, sometimes closer to 5/10. Countries of production: Vietnam, China.

More information about Swedish shoe brands can be found here.

Swiss shoe brands

  • Ammann — since 1917; casual men's and women's boots and sneakers. Only ready-to-wear. Designs can be both bold and discreet. Made in Italy, Switzerland.
  • Baabuk — a yound brand, which doesn't disclose its year of foundation. It offers informal men's and women's footwear made of wool (trainers and slippers). Good quality. Solely ready-to-wear. Made in Portugal, Nepal.
  • Bally — since 1851; classic and designer shoes — for both ladies and gentlemen. Ready-to-wear and made-to-order. Grade: 5-7/10. Constructions: Goodyear welted, Blake, California, Cemented, Moccasin. Made in Switzerland, Italy, China.
  • Bata — since 1894; a very wide range of ready-to-wear shoes — both women's and men's. Constructions are usually simple (Cemented and so on). Grade: 4-5/10. Made in China, Italy, India, Albania, Portugal, Czech Republic.
  • Fretz — since 1903; men's ready-to-wear shoes with discreet designs and low level of formality. They are made using Cemented construction. Grade: 5/10. Country of manufacture: Switzerland.
  • Kunzli — since 1927; ergonomic (incl. orthopedic) footwear for casual wear and sports activities. It is manufactured using dedicated (orthopedic) constructions. Only ready-to-wear. Made in Albania. Good quality.
  • On — since 2010; running sneakers and other men's and women's shoes (always informal, always ready-to-wear). Designs range from discreet to bright. High quality. Country of manufacture: Vietnam.
  • Rieker — since 1874; mass-market ready-to-wear shoes for men and women. Most styles are informal, lightweight and flexible. Constructions: Cemented and others (simple ones). Grade: 3-4/10. Rieker shoes are made in Asia and Eastern Europe.
  • Suplest — since 2007; quality cycling shoes — with both plain and vibrant designs. Good quality. Made in Vietnam. Solely ready-to-wear.
  • The Shoemaker/M Shoemaker — a small brand, which produces made-to-measure shoes for men and doesn't disclose its year of foundation. This brand belongs to TechnoBoots company, which is a supplier of boots to the Swiss Army. The Shoemaker's range includes both formal and informal shoes. All of them are made in Switzerland.

You will find more details about aforementioned factories and labels in our catalogue called 'Swiss Shoe Brands'.

Turkish shoe brands

  • Beta — its year of establishment is unknown; this brand produces mid-priced shoes (both women's and men's). Beta's range is quite wide and diverse. Designs can be both discreet and vibrant.
  • Cabani Shoes — since 1983; this Turkish brand offers various shoes and boots for women and men. Designs range from classic to experimental.
  • Derimod — since 1974; RTW footwear for ladies and gentlemen. There are lots of shoe styles: from very traditional to bold, from very formal oxfords to sneakers and sandals.
  • Desa — since 1972; this brand specialises in women's bags but also offers mid-priced shoes (for women and men; only RTW). There are both classic and peculiar styles. Desa has it own tannery. Country of manufacture: Turkey.
  • Guler — since 1968; this company has two brands: Panucci (aimed at international markets) and Atakoy (aimed at the domestic market). Guler specialises in classic men's footwear (solely RTW). Its factory is located in Turkey.
  • Hotic — this brand was launched more than 80 years ago; it makes men's and women's footwear and various accessories. Designs: from classic to creative and experimental.
  • Kemal Tanca — men's and women's fashion footwear: from traditional and discreet to quite bold and moderately unusual. Only RTW.
  • Nevzat Onay — various men's shoes: from classic to experimental and peculiar, from oxfords to sneakers. Solely ready-to-wear. Made in Turkey.
  • Vakko — since 1934; this Turkish company sells men's and women's ready-to-wear shoes, clothing, accessories and other things. There are both very classic and a bit unusual styles.

More information about Turkish footwear can be found in our aricle called 'Turkish Shoe Brands'.

Shoe brands from other countries

  • Aldo — Canada; since 1972; mass-market men's and women's shoes and boots. Only ready-to-wear. Constructions are simple, typical for budget shoes. Grade: 3-4/10. Made in China, Brazil, Eastern Europe.
  • Belwest — Belarus; since 1988; women's and men's footwear (solely RTW). Designs are often mass-market, but you can also find some attractive and stylish shoes. Belwest's range is huge. Constructions are simple and typical for budget bootwear. Grade: 3-4/10. Made in Belarus.
  • Blundstone — Australia; since 1870; informal women's and men's boots (RTW). Construction: Vulcanized. Good quality. Made in Vietnam.
  • Bronx — the Netherlands; since 1886; a wide range of ladies' ready-to-wear shoes — from athletic to dress / formal. Bronx footwear is usually made in Portugal.
  • Bridlen — India; since 1986; classic men's shoes made using Goodyear welted and Blake constructions. Traditional design. Only RTW. Country of manufacture: India.
  • CNES — Singapore; since 1994; men's RTW shoes made using Bologna, Blake and Goodyear welted constructions. Designs: from conservative to a bit unusual (still quite discreet). Country of manufacture: Vietnam.
  • Dayton — Canada; since 1946; sturdy informal boots. Made-to-order, bespoke and ready-to-wear; for women and men. Construction: Goodyear welted. Made in Canada.
  • Ecco — Denmark; since 1963; women's and men's RTW footwear — from sneakers and sandals to oxfords. Construction: usually Direct Injection. Grade: 4/10, sometimes closer to 5/10. Made in Slovakia, Thailand, China, Portugal.
  • Ed et Al — Singapore; since 2010; made-to-order boots and shoes for men. They are made using Goodyear welted construction. Designs can be both very classic and unusual. Country of production: Vietnam.
  • Fugashin — Vietnam; since 1946; classic gentlemen's footwear (only RTW). Most styles are discreet and elegant. Constuctions: Blake, Goodyear welted, Hand-welted, Moccasin. Grade: 5-8/10. Made in Vietnam.
  • Hartt — Canada; since 1898; classic and designer boots and shoes for men. Construction: usually Goodyear welted. Designs: from trendy to conservative. Country of production: Spain. Solely RTW.
  • La Martina — Argentina; since 1985; gentlemen's and ladies ready-to-wear boots for polo and other outdoor activities. High quality. Made in Argentina, Italy.
  • Milles & Louie — Mexico; since 2012; women's and men's MTO footwear with low level of formality. Designs range from plain and minimalist to peculiar. There are lots of Goodyear welted styles. Made in Mexico.
  • Palladium — the Netherlands; since 1920; women's, children's and men's RTW footwear for outdoor activities + casual boots and trainers. Country of production: Vietnam.
  • Robinson's — Ireland; since 2009; classic ready-to-wear shoes for gentlemen. Construction: Goodyear welted. Country of manufacture: England.
  • Sanita — Denmark; since 1907; men's and women's clogs and other informal footwear (RTW). Designs: from discreet and dull to bright and unusual. Made in Poland.
  • Swims — Norway; since 2006; galoshes and casual shoes made of rubber and other materials. Only ready-to-wear. There are men's and women's models. Made in China.
  • Thomas George Collection — Australia; since 2019; several ready-to-wear shoe styles for men. Constructions: Goodyear welted, Stitchdown. Discreet designs. Made in Vietnam.

We remind you that it's not a rating of brands; it's just a list in alphabetical order... but a very big list, of course: as far as we know, it's the most complete catalogue of shoe brands (at the moment of its publication). We hope that it was useful to you. Maybe you've discovered some new interesting brands!

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