Beyond Red Bottoms: 4 Black Women Luxury Shoe Designers You Should Know

Luxury footwear is not just a status symbol, it's a great investment. Giuseppe and Christian aren't the only designers creating beautiful shoes for women. Black women are entering the high end footwear game and taking it by storm. If you don't know where to start, try one of these four lines created by sisters.

Eleanor Anukam
Eleanor Anukam is filling an important gap in the high end shoe industry. When she couldn't find luxury footwear for her size 12 feet, she created her own. Now her line, Eleanor Anukam, services the women who often must sacrifice style for fit. Her collection of heels and flats begin at size 10. “I’m designing for a fashion forward lady with broadened global influences with a thirst to disrupt fashion,” she says. Shop here.

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Olanna, $355
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Chika, $245

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Iroma, $375

Aminah Adbul Jillil
Aminah Abdul-Jillil went from being a world traveling back up dancer for the world's biggest pop stars to one of Instagram's most coveted shoe designers. Her designs are feminine and fierce. Shop here.

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T-Strap Pump, $285

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Crystal Pump, $385

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Bow Flat, $189
Brother Vellies
Brooklyn-based Aurora James created a line of footwear to celebrate the African styles that inspire her. Her take on traditional African footwear is made with the help of local artisans in South Africa, Kenya, Morocco. Shop here.

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Checkers Congo Sandal, $285

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Saffron Dhara Sandal, $781

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Mickalene Thomas X Brother Vellies Birds Shoe, $650

Afua Dabanka incorporates her Ghanaian heritage into her luxury footwear brand, Mo Saique. She meshes the European and African influences to create incredible collections. Shop here.

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