The Top 25 Cutting-Edge Shoe Labels of the Moment

For an emerging footwear brand, it can be hard to make an impact in such a saturated market. But a new crop of shoe labels is making waves in the industry with unique, untapped designs — whether that be fashion-minded performance sneakers, dazzling heels or eco-friendly mission statements. 

Below, see our Top 25 picks for on-the-rise brands:

Aurora James Founder and designer; Brother Vellies

Francesco Russo Founder and designer; Francesco Russo

Ryan and Adam Goldston Co-founders; A.P.L.

Alessandro Dell’Acqua Founder and designer; No. 21

no. 21 mule
N. 21, $598.
CREDIT: The Corner.

Isa Tapia Founder and designer; Isa Tapia

Nicolò Beretta Founder and designer; Giannico

Laurence Dacade Founder and designer; Laurence Dacade

Flavio Girolami and Prathan Poopat Co-founders; Common Projects

Chloe Gosselin Founder and designer; Chloe Gosselin

Alessandra Lanvin Founder and designer; Aperlaï

Women's Must Buys Spring 2017
Laurence Decade spring ’17.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand.

Louis Leeman and Erica Pelosini Co-founders; Louis Leeman

Cecilia Bringheli Founder and designer; CB Made in Italy

Sarah Jessica Parker Founder and designer; SJP Collection

Valentina Carrano Founder and designer; Valentina Carrano

Jerome Rousseau Founder and designer; Jerome C. Rousseau

Ryan and Adam Goldston Co-founders; A.P.L.

APL basketball sneaker
A.P.L., $185.
CREDIT: Courtesy Image.


Rupert Sanderson Founder and designer; Rupert Sanderson

Paula Cademartori Founder and designer; Paula Cademartori

Amina Muaddi Founder and designer; Oscar Tiye

Jonathan Hirschfeld and Max Schiller Co-founders; Eytys

Maryam and Marjan Malakpour Co-founders; Newbark

Archie Hewlett Founder; Duke & Dexter

duke and dexter world map loafer
Duke & Dexter, $200.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand.

Mary Alice Malone and Roy Luwolt Co-founders; Malone Souliers

Dora Teymur Founder and designer; Dorateymur

Sarah Flint Founder and designer; Sarah Flint

Matthew Chevallard Founder and designer; Del Toro

dorateymur bootie
Dorateymur, $500.
CREDIT: Courtesy Image.

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