Shoes Made in the USA

American-made shoes are tough to find these days – it seems like more and more brands are taking their manufacturing facilities overseas. Here is a list of all the companies that are still making shoes in the USA. We found that most of them are boot makers (whether that is hiking, cowboy, or casual styles), but there are also some American brands in other categories as well. Feel free to shoot us a note if you know of any other shoe brands made in the USA that are not on this list!

Full List of Shoe Brands Made in the USA

SOM Footwear


Headquarters: Montrose, CO

States manufacturing in: CO



Sneakers with a minimalist design. Mike visited SOM Footwear in Colorado, so check the Tour link above for an inside look at this great shoe company made in the USA.

Softstar


Headquarters: Philomath, OR

States manufacturing in: OR



Minimalist sneakers and casual shoes. Softstar shoes are also great for everyday wear. Mike has a pair of the Quick Dry RunAmoc shoes that are great for walking around during the warmer months.

All American Clothing Co.


Headquarters: Arcanum, OH



All American Clothing Co. sells a huge range of footwear for both men and women, including work boots, shoes, sandals, slippers, and rubber boots. They also stock brands such as Thorogood, KEEN, and San Antonio Shoemakers (SAS), but stand by their American-made guarantee, ensuring anything they sell is made in the USA. Their work boots are also made for some of the most demanding professions including electricians, farmers, machinists, linemen, and fabricators.

Earth Runners Sandals


Headquarters: Sebastopol, CA

States manufacturing in: CA



Earth Runners makes unique sandals that are built for physically active individuals. They have different padding levels and styles to choose from, so you can go with something for minimal or with good cushion.

Okabashi


Headquarters: Burford, GA

States manufacturing in: GA



Okabashi makes some of the most comfortable sandals on the market. They have slides, flip-flops, and much more to choose from.

Oka-B


Headquarters: Burford, GA

States manufacturing in: GA



Oka-B makes women’s shoes, all right here in the USA.

Belleville Boots


Headquarters: Belleville, IL

States manufacturing in: IL



Belleville has been crafting military and tactical boots since 1904. They aim to create the toughest, strongest, most durable boots for those who work in demanding jobs. This 5th-generation family-owned business is the oldest and leading manufacturer of boots for the U.S. Military, and also provides footwear for law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Carolina Boots


Headquarters: Martinsburg, PA

States manufacturing in: PA



Carolina Boots’ slogan is “built for work”, they craft boots for workers in a wide range of industries. They ensure they use state-of-the-art materials and patented technologies to make footwear for working people that is 100% effective. There is an option to find shoes suited for you based on gender, category (which includes professions), and technology (such as steel-toe or Gortex).

Chippewa Boots


Headquarters: Chippewa Falls, WI

States manufacturing in: MO



Established in 1901, Chippewa Boots has been making boots for outdoorsmen and workers using only the finest materials. They offer boots for both men and women and include features such as a safety toe, waterproof material, insulation, electric hazard protection, met guard, puncture resistance, and heat resistance, depending on the type of work that you do.

Corcoran Boots


Headquarters: Martinsburg, PA

States manufacturing in: PA



Made famous by their ‘Jump Boots’ that served U.S paratroopers in WWII, Corcoran continues to provide footwear for the military, with their ‘Combat Boots’ most recently being worn by those serving in Iraq. Their Jump Boots continue to feature the classic calf-length lace-up minimalist look, but they also now sell a wider range of footwear designed for security personnel. Corcoran is part of the Carolina brand.

CYDWOQ Boots


Headquarters: Burbank, CA

States manufacturing in: CA



CYDWOQ Boots handcrafts leather shoes that are made to be unique and timeless. They are conscious about providing their employees with an enjoyable and safe place to work, as well as conscious about the environment. Their shoes are made using biodegradable water-based glues and other environmentally-friendly materials. CYDWOQ sells shoes, boots, and sandals for both men and women. Because their shoes are handmade to order after each purchase, shipping times can be 3-4 weeks.

Danner


Headquarters: Portland, OR

States manufacturing in: OR



For nearly a century, Danner has been making boots for those who work, hike and hunt. They also sell casual shoes, but ultimately their footwear is made for those looking to explore and work hard in them. They make their boots out of quality materials to ensure they’re built to last, but they also offer a recrafting service. It’s worth noting that not all Danner boots are made in the USA, but they have a filter on their website so that you can find ones that are. These boots feature a small American flag on them, so you can wear them with pride.

White’s Boots


Headquarters: Spokane, WA

States manufacturing in: WA



White’s have been handmaking boots for men and women who need high-performing boots since 1853. These boots are hand-sewn, hand-lasted, hand-welted, and hand-bottomed. White’s Boots are made for a range of industries including logging, fire boots, and work boots. You can also buy custom boots and have your boots rebuilt/resoled if needed.

Hoffman Boots


Headquarters: Kellogg, ID

States manufacturing in: ID



Hoffman Boots provides footwear for those doing heavy-duty work such as construction, logging, or linemen. They also sell boots for hunting and extreme terrains such as freezing cold weather and Wildland. Hoffman crafts their boots from leather and uses industrial-grade waterproof bottoms.

The fourth-generation family-owned business has been operating for nearly four decades and prides itself on offering a personalized service, with its team happy to talk you through choosing the right boot for you.

It’s worth noting that only the majority of their boots are manufactured in the states, but they manufacture some products in Italy, Germany, and Europe, where they also source their leather from.

L.L. Bean


Headquarters: Freeport, ME

States manufacturing in: MENCNY



L.L Bean manufactures shoes for men, women, and children. Their footwear range includes sneakers, shoes, boots, slippers, sandals, and water shoes. Their boots are suitable for hiking and hunting – they specify the level of water protection offered by each of their boots so you can find something suited to your needs. L.L Bean has been crafting shoes for the road less traveled since 1912. Though it’s worth noting that only some of their range is made in the USA, these often have ‘Maine-made’ written on the product description, but they’re not entirely transparent about where other boots are manufactured.

Red Wing Boots


Headquarters: Red Wing, MN

States manufacturing in: MNMO



Red Wing Boots was founded in 1905 with an aim to supply workers with safety boots in industries such as mining, farming, and logging. Now, Red Wing sells boots in over 990 styles, has 700+ retail stores, and distributes to over 110 countries. In their work boot range, Red Wing offers men’s and women’s boots with a safety toe, insulation, waterproofing, and boots that are CSA-approved.

Unfortunately, Red Wing doesn’t make all of its footwear in the USA; they also have manufacturing facilities across Europe, the U.K, and Asia. However, Red Wing is transparent about this on its site, with a map showing where all of its processes are done. They also have a search function on their site, so you can search for boots that are “made in the USA,” “made in the USA with imported materials,” “assembled in the USA with imported components,” and “made in the USA with imported parts,” making it easier for you to find 100% made in the USA boots.

Nicks Handmade Boots


Headquarters: Spokane, WA

States manufacturing in: WA



All of Nicks Handmade Boots are 100% made in the USA using USA materials. They offer boots for men and women for occasions such as work, heritage, safety toe, fire and duty, outdoors, and western.

Schnee’s Boots


Headquarters: Bozeman, MT

States manufacturing in: MT



Schnee’s Boots produces hiking and work boots. Only some are made in the USA, though.

Sloggers


Headquarters: Gardena, CA

States manufacturing in: CA



Sloggers makes great women’s rain boots, although has some imported materials.

Thorogood Boots


Headquarters: Merrill, WI

States manufacturing in: WI



Thorogood makes some men’s hiking and work boots in the USA.

Truman Boot Co.


Headquarters: Eugene, OR

States manufacturing in: OR



Truman Boot Co. got started in 2014 and makes high-end hiking and work boots.

Wolverine Boots


Headquarters: Richmond, IN

States manufacturing in: MI



Wolverine produces men’s hiking and work boots; only a few styles are made in Alabama and Tennessee.

Abilene Boot Company


Headquarters: Somerset, PA

States manufacturing in: PA



Abilene is based in Pennsylvania and making some of the highest quality boots in the USA.

Babiones Wilson Boots


Headquarters: Livingston, MT

States manufacturing in: MT



Established in 1945 by Carl Wilson. High-end cowboy boots.

Caboots


Headquarters: El Paso, TX

States manufacturing in: TX



Custom, handmade cowboy boots from Texas.

Double-H Boots


Headquarters: Martinsburg, PA

States manufacturing in: PA



Some cowboy boots are made here.

Justin Boots


Headquarters: El Paso, TX

States manufacturing in: TX



A small percentage of their cowboy boots are made in the USA. Most are made internationally, though. You can learn more in our separate Justin Boots sourcing investigation.

Lucchese


Headquarters: El Paso, TX

States manufacturing in: TX



Only some Lucchese boots are made in the USA. Check their product details if you’re shopping online or the tag in store.

Nocona Boot Company


Headquarters: El Paso, TX

States manufacturing in: TX



Some Nocona cowboy boots are made here.

Orvis


Headquarters: Manchester, VT

States manufacturing in: VAVT



Orvis has a pair of Roper Boots that are made in the USA.

Tony Lama


Headquarters: El Paso, TX

States manufacturing in: TX



Only some of their cowboy boots are made in the USA.

Opie Way Footwear


Headquarters: Asheville, NC

States manufacturing in: NC



Unique handmade sneakers made in North Carolina. Check out our exclusive interview with them!

Hersey Custom Shoe Company


Headquarters: Fitchburg, MA

States manufacturing in: MA



Hersey makes unique, custom sneakers that are similar to a lot of popular styles from New Balance.

Psudo Sneakers


Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA

States manufacturing in: CATX



Psudo makes printed slip-on sneakers. They are relatively affordable and come in a lot of different styles.

New Balance


Headquarters: Boston, MA

States manufacturing in: MAME



Only selected styles are assembled in the USA (they use some global materials). More on New Balance in our brand investigation on them.

Aurora Shoe Co


Headquarters: Aurora, NY

States manufacturing in: NY



Aurora Shoe Co. makes casual wear shoes out of their factory in upstate New York.

CAPPS Shoe Company


Headquarters: Lynchburg, VA

States manufacturing in: VA



CAPPS makes airline uniform shoes for flight attendants.

Eastland


Headquarters: Freeport, ME

States manufacturing in: ME



Not all Eastland footwear is made in the USA, but select styles are.

Footwear by Footskins


Headquarters: Spring Grove, MN

States manufacturing in: MN



Footskins makes leather shoes and mocassins.

Frye Boots


Headquarters: Salt Lake City, UT

States manufacturing in: UT



Frye is a historic name in the American shoemaking industry and still has some shoes for men and women made in the USA.

Helm Boots


Headquarters: Austin, TX

States manufacturing in: ARME



Helm Boots makes casual and formal wear shoes for men.

Mohop


Headquarters: Chicago, IL

States manufacturing in: IL



Mohop produces women’s casual wear; all vegan and responsibly made.

Munro


Headquarters: Hot Springs, AR

States manufacturing in: AR



Munro makes women’s casual wear; only select styles are made in Arkansas.

Oak Street Bootmakers


Headquarters: Chicago, IL

States manufacturing in: IL



Oak Street Bootmakers makes some of the most beautiful leather footwear out there that can be dressed up or down.

Onex Shoes


Headquarters: North Hollywood, CA

States manufacturing in: CA



Onex Shoes makes women’s casual wear.

Pierrepont Hicks


Headquarters: Maine

States manufacturing in: ME



Pierrepont Hicks makes shoes that look similar to Sperry’s.

PW Minor


Headquarters: Batavia, NY

States manufacturing in: NY



PW Minor is no longer in business, but you can still purchase their remaining inventory from a few retailers.

Quoddy


Headquarters: Lewiston, ME

States manufacturing in: ME



Quoddy makes a wide variety of casual wear shoes handcrafted in Maine.

Russell Moccasin Co


Headquarters: Berlin, WI

States manufacturing in: WI



Boots, shoes and minimalist footwear all made in Wisconsin.

Salpy Shoes


Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA

States manufacturing in: CA



Women’s shoes handcrafted in Los Angeles.

SAS (San Antonio Shoes)


Headquarters: San Antonio, TX

States manufacturing in: TX



SAS makes very comfortable sneakers for men and women.

Scandic Footwear


Headquarters: Burlington, MA

States manufacturing in: MA



Need some clogs? Go with Scandic Footwear.

Steger Mukluks and Moccasins


Headquarters: Ely, MN

States manufacturing in: MN



Casual wear moccasins and other footwear built for the cold weather.

Sven


Headquarters: Chisago City, MN

States manufacturing in: MN



Sven produces clogs, made in Minnesota.

The Palantines Shoes


Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA

States manufacturing in: CA



Casual wear, made in Los Angeles.

The Vintage Shoe Company


Headquarters: PA

States manufacturing in: PA



Timeless leather shoes that you can still find on retailers and marketplaces like Poshmark.

Walk-Over


Headquarters: Martinsburg, PA

States manufacturing in: NY



Walk-Over has manufactured shoes in the U.S. since the 1700s.

Zuzii Footwear


Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA

States manufacturing in: CA



Minimalist sneakers and casual wear shoes for women.

Alden New England


Headquarters: Middleborough, MA

States manufacturing in: MA



Alden makes men’s formal shoes.

Allen Edmonds


Headquarters: Port Washington, WI

States manufacturing in: WI



Men’s formal shoes; select styles made in the USA.

Calleen Cordero


Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA

States manufacturing in: CA



A luxury shoe brand making women’s formal shoes.

Esquivel Shoes


Headquarters: Orange County, CA

States manufacturing in: CA



Handmade formal shoes in LA’s arts district.

Gateway Shoes


Headquarters: St Louis, MO

States manufacturing in: MO



You can still find Gateway Shoes on several retailers.

Jen + Kim Shoes


Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA

States manufacturing in: CA



Jen + Kim makes women’s formal shoes.

Newbark


Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA

States manufacturing in: CA



Newbark also makes women’s formal shoes, handmade in Los Angeles.

Perry Ercolino


Headquarters: Doylestown, PA

States manufacturing in: PA



Perry Ercolino makes very high-end formal shoes for men.

Rancourt & Co


Headquarters: Lewiston, ME

States manufacturing in: ME



Rancourt makes men’s formal shoes. They also have some nice casual wear sneakers.

Gurkee’s


Headquarters: Morgantown, WV

States manufacturing in: WV



Gurkee’s makes unique rope sandals, all handmade.

Island Slipper


Headquarters: Oahu, HI

States manufacturing in: HI



Island Slipper is based in Hawaii and makes very comfortable sandals.

Jack Rogers


Headquarters: Palm Beach, FL

States manufacturing in: FL



Only select styles of Jack Rogers are made domestically.

MyChacos by Chacos


Headquarters: Richmond, IN

States manufacturing in: MI



The MyChacos program is the only sandals that are made in the USA here – other Chacos are not made in the USA.

The Piper Sandal Company


Headquarters: San Antonio, TX

States manufacturing in: TX



The Piper Sandal Company makes handmade leather sandals.

Cade&Co


Headquarters: Park City, UT

States manufacturing in: UT



Check out Cade&Co for some baby booties.

Kepner Scott


Headquarters: Orwigsburg, PA

States manufacturing in: PA



Kepner Scott makes handcrafted children’s shoes.

Gokey


Headquarters: Tipton, MO

States manufacturing in: MO



Gokey makes high-quality leather hunting boots that will last you a lifetime.


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How to Find Shoes Made in the USA

Finding shoes made in the USA is more difficult now than ever. With most production now moving abroad, finding shoes that are genuinely made in the USA can be a mission. However, with the right knowledge and some handy tips, you’ll find that finding American-made shoes is not an impossible feat. In fact, with the below information up your sleeves, you should be able to find shoes made in the USA in no time if you’re doing your own research outside of the brands we mentioned above!

What Does “Made In The USA” Mean?

Before we dive in, let’s define what it means for something to be “made in the USA.” The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) protects the “made in the USA” label and defines it as a product that is “all or virtually all” made in the USA. In other words, all significant parts and processing must take place in the USA. Everything from the sourcing of the raw material to the assembly of the product should take place on US soil. However, “virtually all” can be a bit of a gray area, so it’s worth doing your additional research on top of looking for the “made in the USA” label.

We discuss this in further depth below and on our “made in the USA” labeling guide

Materials

If you’re after an American-made product, you should look specifically at shoes made from materials sourced in the USA. Since so many components make up a shoe, finding a pair of shoes that are 100% sourced in the United States may be difficult, so try to find something that is at least mostly sourced in the USA.

Leather

Leather is often used for the uppers or soles of shoes. It is pretty easy to find American-sourced leather compared to other materials, though China still takes the prize for the top manufacturer of this material. Just be sure to be on the lookout for cowhide specifically, as more exotic leathers are harder to come by in the United States. If you’re looking for a quality pair of shoes that will last you years, US-made full-grain leather is your best choice.

Canvas

Canvas is a popular material used in shoe uppers. Unsurprisingly, China tops the board in terms of canvas production as well. However, most of the canvas used in the American textile industry comes from the United States. But since canvas can also be sourced in other countries throughout Asia and South America, it is always worth double-checking the country of origin for this material.

Rubber

Many shoes use rubber soles because they are non-slip and generally more comfortable than leather soles.

Rubber can be a bit more difficult to source from the United States, but it is not impossible. The USA produces around 35 million tons of rubber every year. However, note that 90% of natural rubber grows in Southeast Asia, and only a third of the USA’s rubber production is natural rubber. So, to find US-made rubber, synthetic rubber is generally the way to go. 

Plastic

Plastic is used in the soles, uppers, and eyelets of shoes. A lot of the world’s plastic comes from China, but the USA still produces some plastic of its own. We produce roughly 20% of the world’s plastic, which is certainly not an insignificant amount. So, all in all, finding US-made plastic parts shouldn’t be too difficult.

Shoelaces

Shoelaces are normally made of nylon and polyester. Although China is the world’s largest producer of both materials, the USA doesn’t fall too far behind. Plus, if you look at shoelaces specifically, you’ll find that there are plenty of companies that produce shoelaces made in the USA.

Labeling

Checking the product’s labeling is the next step to finding US-made shoes. Title 19 Chapter 4 Section 1304 of the US Code states that any imported product must be labeled accordingly. This piece of legislation helps us find foreign-made products. In this case, you should focus on the “made in the USA” label specifically.

Although labeling seems like a cheat code to find US-made shoes, the reality can be different. Unfortunately, the FTC does not police the “made in the USA” label as well as it should, so doing your research to determine where a product is sourced and manufactured can go a long way.

On top of that, many companies use confusing jargon to trick consumers into thinking a particular product is made in the U.S. For example, some companies use phrases like “designed in the USA” or “manufactured in the USA,” but these labels signify that only a part of the processing takes place in the United States. Similarly, the “made in America” label means the product could have been made in Canada or Mexico.

Another thing to watch out for is the American flag. The usage of the American flag on labels is not protected, so just because a company uses the flag does not automatically mean that the product is made in the USA.

Other Tips

Here are some other tips to help you find US-made shoes.

Check The Website

In particular, check the company’s “About Us” page or the product page. If the product is truly made in the USA, this fact will likely be loudly advertised as it is a huge selling point. On the other hand, if the product is made abroad, you probably will not find the country of origin on the company’s website. This is because companies are not required to label their products with their country of origin on online or promotional materials.

Online Shopping Sites

Shopping websites like Amazon will often state the country of origin in the “Product Information” section. If you can’t find this information, do some extra snooping in the FAQ section of the product page. Someone else may have already asked about the product’s country of origin.

Call The Company

Finally, if you still don’t know where a particular shoe is made, simply call the company. A company representative will be able to answer your questions.

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