Years ago, Nigerians depended on foreign countries like Italy for quality shoes and leather. Until 2016, when the awareness to support Made in Nigeria started. Lights were shown on already existing shoe brands and new ones started emerging. Most Nigerian shoe brands are sourcing and producing their shoes locally. That being said, here are our top brands you should know and be rocking in 2021.
Peace Conno Inspired (peaceconnoinspred_)
Based in Abuja, Nigeria. this classic unisex shoe brand is one that you shouldn’t ignore. Started in 2017 by a talented woman named Peace, the brand has grown and evolved to have served over 10,000 customers. The brand specialises in the production of quality handcrafted footwears for men and women across the globe. It was founded on the need to create premium footwears at an affordable price. They support the “Buy Nigerian Initiative” hence their materials are sourced and made by Nigerian Artisans with impeccable finishings. Peace Conno shoes are quality, classic and should be one of the shoes you will be rocking in 2021.
Antoine collection (antoinecollection)
This is a fashion-tech footwear brand with a focus on the Nigerian millennial. Founded by Anthony Sule in 2017. They like to think of themselves as a neighbourhood footwear store. They manufacture and sell bespoke and ready to wear footwear whilst ensuring a delighting customer experience with their clients. No wonder their slogan reads “Quality, Lifetsyle and Comunity”. They are building a community of millennials who understand the lifestyle of innovative thinking and winning through the quality of their products and services.
Ivy Barber (ivy_barberng)
Founded by Adetutu Sotomi. The brand was named after her mother. It is a unisex footwear brand, 100% made in Nigeria by local artisans. Their footwear is very comfortable and with diverse colours and design. It’s definitely one of those statement footwear you can pair with every piece in your wardrobe.
Kene Rapu (kenerapu)
This brand was started in 2011 when the CEO Kene made footwear for herself in the quest for something unique. When she started getting orders and fulfilling them, she knew it was time to start her own business. Her brand is also an initiative to promote the Made in Nigeria industry as all her products are sourced and made locally here in Nigeria.
Moroks Xpression (moroksxpession)
Moroks Xpression was borne out of a burning passion to revolutionize the fashion industry in Africa with a special focus on footwears using high-quality materials and other African contemporary fabric like Aso-oke. According to them, they are putting Africa and in particular, Nigeria on the spotlight as one of the best footwear manufacturing countries in the world. Their vision is to build a world-class fashion brand, offering a captivating customer experience that drives long term loyalty.
Mona Matthews (monamattews)
Creates quality unique shoes for men, women and children majorly using leathers and suede. The brand was created in January 2002, to meet the need of people with big sized feet, looking for comfortable, yet stylish shoes. Check out other footwear on Instagram. Although the brand focused more on bigger sizes in the past, it is fast evolving into a family one-stop shop for footwear solutions.
Mira Oma (miraomaluxury)
A luxury brand distinct in creating quality leather accessories made with an African twist. Its uniqueness is accredited to an innovative fusion of ethnic fabrics, ornaments and exotic leather materials. Specializes in bags for men and women, they have recently branched into production of bespoke casual footwear for both men and women. Since its inception in 2014, Mira Oma remains essentially focused on giving clients unrivalled assurance on quality. and exquisite craftsmanship that effortlessly identifies with an individual’s high fashion value & style. Attention to details and absolute quality is guaranteed and personally handled by the Creative Director.
Yili Footwears (yolifootwear)
This is an emerging brand on a mission to make dreams come true. They aim to promote gender equality, reduce poverty and promote work and economic growth across Africa. All Yili designs draw influence and inspiration from colours, textures, travels and the interesting things in between. the colours represent their attempt to capture the zest of life with hopes that the colours brighten the feet and moods of her customers.