#MadeByMAKERS: Female Shoemakers and Designers
We're celebrating shoemakers and shoe designers by featuring some of their most fashionable footwear in the gallery above.
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Teysha | The word Teysha means friend and ally and comes from the Native Caddo people of Texas, the homeland of business partners Sophie and Travis. Not only are they inspired by Latin America, they work closely with artisans in Latin American countries to provide colorfully crafted boots, sandals, textiles and accessories. Teysha shoes also gives a back a portion of proceeds to education and sustainability efforts. You can visit the Teysha shop in Austin, Texas or online. Pictured: Custom boots, $200
Julie Bee's | Based in Atlanta, this brand believes in handcrafting luxurious and versatile footwear with high quality leathers and eco-friendly processes. They also proudly support American workers and communities. You can find them online here. Pictured: Nashville Peacock Ballet Flat, $195
Bélya | With bold colors and prints, these shoes are anything but boring. Founder Aissatou Sene is committed to support African artisans across all aspects of production while including African wax prints in all products. Take a look at their shoes, and other products, here. Pictured: Karés, $100
Marais | In 2009, shoe designer and owner Haley Boyd started Marais after noticing a shortage of basic, high-quality women's footwear. Accessibility is key while remaining chic and affordable. Most shoes are both eco and animal friendly, there are even some vegan styles available. According to the official site, the design inspiration is "Patti Smith meets Jane Birkin." You can shop Marais styles online. Pictured: Mini Heel, $118
Sarah Jessica Parker | "Ladylike and polished, this line from style icon Sarah Jessica Parker defines 'covetworthy' with a wide variety of shoes, handmade in Italy," according to Nordstrom. Pictured: 'Phoebe' Mary Jane Pump (Women), $365
Mo'ne Davis | All proceeds from the Mo'ne Davis Collection sneaker sales will benefit "Because I am a Girl" initiative to lift 4 million girls in the developing world out of poverty, according to M4D3shoes.com. Pictured: Mo'ne Davis Kids Blue Lace Up Suede & Canvas Sneaker, $75.00
Jessica Simpson | Jessica Simpson's footwear and clothing collections are inspired by her lifestyle and love of fashion. The singer's signature pieces aim to "deliver trends born from great design and high quality materials that celebrate her All-American style." You can find her pieces at Macy's, Nordstrom, Zappos, and other online shoe retailers. Pictured: Jessica Simpson 'Conley' Bootie (Women), $100
Kate Spade New York | Kate Spade is a staple for any modern woman on-the-go who seeks vibrant but classic clothing and accessories. The designer seeks to add a flair of exuberance to daily life and "encourages personal style with a dash of incandescent charm." Kate Spade has over 140 retail stores across the United States with a handful of online retail options as well. Pictured: Clover flats, $198
Charlotte Olympia | Luxury shoe designer Charlotte Olympia's mantra is "the higher the heels the better you feel." Her signature heels can be seen on celebrities and shoe lovers alike. Price tend to run steep for the designer's unique skyscraper heels and animated flats. Olympia's exclusive shoes can be found on her online store or in one of her select stores worldwide. Pictured: Vendome, $825