Everyone knows how important footwear is for the overall look. We spend ages trying to find the perfect pair online or in shoe stores, and then we carefully pair footwear with clothes for a complete outfit.
Nigeria is among Africa’s leaders in the footwear industry, as there are plenty of designers making beautiful and practical shoes. Learn about the most prominent shoe designers in Nigeria and find your new favorite pair of designer shoes!
1. T.T. Dalk
T.T. Dalk was founded by Temilade Osinfade, who first started designing footwear back when he was a university student. At that time he used to create prototypes of slippers and shoes and make professional shoemakers produce footwear for him. Soon his shoes became noticed by fellow students, and that’s how his business started to grow.
Today Temilade Osinfade is the owner of a prospering shoe company. His footwear is often featured in fashion magazine spreads and fashion shows, as well as frequently worn by Nigerian and African celebrities. T.T. Dalk shoes are mostly sold online and have a huge following of fans.
2. Haus of Hercules
If T.T. Dalk is mostly known for making casual footwear like slippers and basic shoes, Haus of Hercules is a totally different story. The brand’s collections of footwear all have a luxury feel to them thanks to the use of exquisite fabrics like velvet, suede, and tweed, as well as one-of-a-kind patterns.
Haus of Hercules dates back to 2010 when the company was founded by Christopher Jeje, who only had $30 as his startup capital. Currently, the brand can be seen all over the African and international runways, and new collections of moccasins, brogues, loafers, and other trendy footwear get released regularly.
3. Hesey Designs
The founder of Hesey Designs, Odiete Eseoghene, is one of the few female Nigerian designers of shoes. She had a passion for footwear ever since she was a little girl. She started working on creating her own shoe brand back when she was a university student, and immediately after she graduated, her business started rapidly growing.
Hesey Designs produces clothing, shoes, and accessories like handbags. The unique thing about Odiete’s designs is the African vibe that cannot be missed. The high point of her career was probably the time when she designed sneakers for Richard Branson for the Virgin Atlantic event in London, which looked exactly like the traditional African footwear in a modern setting.
4. Other African shoe designers
The footwear market in Africa is currently at a rise: African sneakers, sandals, pumps, and other shoes are worn and loved not only on the African continent but also all around the world. Here are some of the most famous footwear designers in Africa.
1. Passport ADV
The history of Passport ADV started in 2009 when the brand was launched by Mikhayel Tesfaye in Ethiopia. The founder spent years learning the shoemaking craft, and the result is one of the best sneaker brands in Africa with hundreds of amazing designs and exceptional quality of footwear.
Buqisi-Ruux footwear is a dream come true for every fan of Ankara. Unlike many African shoe brands, Buqisi-Ruux isn’t focused on producing practical everyday footwear like slippers and sandals – instead, the brand produced stunning Ankara 4-inch platform heels that will surely get you noticed!
Della is a US-based footwear brand with a Ghanaian origin. The brand not only produces one of the best designer shoes but also has an important social mission to give new jobs and room for growth for Ghanaian citizens, who are the one making shoes for Della.