Best Foot Forward: Under-the-Radar Shoe Brands That You Need to Know

Photo Cred: Mercedes Castillo

Resolutions are no longer exclusive to January: pledge to be more adventurous this summer by exploring the hidden gems of footwear. Having go-to faves are amazing and comfortable, but it’s time to step out of the box. 2017 has already proven itself to be an interesting year, why not take it a step further and shake things up by adding a new brand to your shoe collection? These nine brands will not only have you walking to a different beat but will definitely get the streets talking.


Bryer Studio specializes in handmade clogs that are made-to-order; plus custom orders are available! If you’re a shoe lover who has a knack for details and craftsmanship then this US-based and woman-owned company needs to be on your radar. There’s value in well-made shoes and with Bryr’s ode to ’70s Cali shoe wear, you’ll have life-long shoes that can stand the NYC streets, comfortably.


LoQ redefines classic shoe wear for the modern day girl by fusing relaxed Cali style with the vibrant colors and textures of India. Every cool girl should snag a pair of these unconventional designs. Designed in LA and made in Spain, this brand brings unique designs that are perfect for summer!


Calling all art lovers! Mercedes Castillo might just make you forget all about your favorite shoes with her eclectic designs. With collections all about aesthetics ranging from geometric cutouts to sculptural ruffles, these shoes are literally works of art and your feet are the canvas.


If you’re not afraid of color then Kat Maconie is the brand for you this summer. Match your vibrant personality with shoes that aren’t afraid of living comfortable and colorful. Women are bold, forward-thinking, and conceptual beings, and we all desire shoes that match our inner qualities and Kat Maconie shoes do just that!


Totokaelo is the hidden gem of footwear, each shoe has a surprise every time you look closer and you’ll never get tired of wearing them! This brand is versatile and has designs made for all shoe lovers and serve as an ode to everyone’s unique and personal style.


Transcending trends, hand-crafted, luxury women’s footwear, what more can any girl want? RAFA is a perfect go-to brand for everyday basics in a range of colors. If you’re looking to try out a new shoe brand but want to play it safe, this brand is a great first step!


Coclico brings together both quality and minimalism. If your style is simple yet elegant, then this luxury footwear is perfect for travel and summer vacay. The comfortable style fit is right for the on-the-go girl!


Worn by the likes of Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, and Selena Gomez, Dear Frances has timeless silhouettes and textured with warm tones. To the modern women out there who crave a new spin on classic footwear this is a brand you’d want to try.


Founded in 2016, By Far fills the gap in the market for high quality yet affordable fashion footwear. Mixing both vintage and modern while remaining youthful. All shoes are handmade in a family owned factory so you can expect impeccable detail!


Written by Caela Collins

Feature image via Mercedes Castillo

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