Comfortable, stylish, and functional sneakers are a key piece of every wardrobe. We took the time to research and find the brands that are making sneakers in the USA today. Below are all of our findings, along with details about each one and some more shopping tips. Enjoy!
Full List of Sneaker Brands Made in the USA
SOM Footwear are ultra-thin shoes that have a minimal sole and thin uppers for a highly flexible fit that will give you an almost shoeless feel when wearing them. They typically come in casual designs. Minimalist shoes sometimes get a bad rap for being cramped, but these shoes are designed with a wide toebox that is intended to fit nicely for most folks. These shoes also offer breatheability by using upper fabric that isn’t too thick so they can be worn around in the summer no problem. I recently toured SOM Footwear out in Montrose, Colorado, so head over to our YouTube channel for an exclusive look at their manufacturing process.
You can protect your feet while enjoying a barefoot running experience with the Sofstar RunAmoc line of shoes. These shoes are paper thin but crafted from tough leather or Apex mesh for great strength. If you want the leather variety, check out the PRIMAL line of shoes. For a more breathable and quick drying shoe, check out the DASH shoes.
You can pick a thicker trail sole or a razor thin street sole depending on how you’ll use the minimalist shoes. The street sole is just 2mm thick, creating the optimal level of flexibility to help you maintain a more natural stride while running. These shoes are all zero drop, which is ideal for natural running form.
Softstar has carefully designed and picked material selection, you can wear these shoes with or without socks comfortably all year round. Every one of these shoes is crafted in the United States using U.S. sourced materials and expert craftsmen for a high finish quality.
“At Softstar, we choose to manufacture our shoes in the USA because we enjoy our craft and take pride in making our own products,” says Softstar CEO Tricia Salcido, who we had the pleasure of hearing from over email. “Our customers love our ability to innovate and fill a niche for minimal (barefoot-like) shoes that are made from high quality, safe leathers.” Make sure to check out our full interview with Softstar Shoes and our in-depth look at Softstar as part of our Spotlight Series. Softstar is also featured in our YouTube video on shoes made in the USA.
San Antonio shoes are designed to have the style that you like, while maximizing comfort as much as possible. It doesn’t matter if you just want a basic set of sneakers, some women’s dress shoes, a casual set of women’s shoes or something else entirely. The shoes come in different styles, but they are offered in a wide range of sizes for the best possible fit. San Antonio Shoes are produced with tough leathers that are carefully treated and designed to last through years of heavy use. They aren’t cheap, but they offer serious quality for the price. Note – they have a manufacturing partner in Italy that produces some of their dress shoes, so their entire product catalog isn’t made here.
Opie Way is a newcomer in the American made footwear scene that is aiming to make stylish sneakers for everyday wear. Their Riverside Lo style are a popular choice, a classic low top sneaker with a tanned leather look.
Opie Way uses premium vegetable tanned leather and a suede heel counter and toe cap to construct all of their shoes right out of their factory in Asheville, North Carolina. Every pair of shoes is made to order too, which is why their shipping time is a little long at 4-5 weeks.
We also featured Opie Way in our video on how to find shoes made in the USA, so make sure to give that a watch and check out our exclusive interview with them as well. Opie Way also produces other sneaker styles and leather products like belts and duffel bags.
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Carson Footwear is one of the premier trail running shoe suppliers in the United States. At Carson you can choose between a wide variety of zero drop minimalist running shoes. Each of the shoes sold from Carson Footwear feature a built-in 5mm sock liner for supreme comfort.
Their shoes are constructed with a tough polyurethane midsole and outsole that’s built to withstand heavy abuse while still maintaining a nice light profile for easy running. Every pair of shoes produced by the company is hand crafted in Milwaukie, Oregon and designed from top-grade materials that ensure longevity. The shoes come in a range of styles and sizes, but they all feature a signature lightweight build design, a high level of flexibility and a grippy sole for running on trails with confidence.
The P.W. Minor Walker Strap II can be sized for length and width for the best possible fit. This shoe offers a casual look to it and despite being a traditional orthopedic shoe, aims to offer more style than others on the market. PW Minor got its start as a women’s boot company in Interlaken New York, and it has an excellent reputation for producing top quality footwear with long-lasting durability. The P.W. Minor Strap II shoe features a simple design and can be fitted with straps or laces depending on preference.
D2Shoe is designed for people looking for a cycling shoe that offers speed and performance. They are made from a tough synthetic material and wrapped in carbon fiber for added strength and style. The shoes are sized with precision for a skin-tight fit that’s comfortable and aids in athletic performance during active racing.
D2Shoe offers premier shoes for high-level cycling athletes, but they aren’t cheap to purchase. The shoes are available in six standard colors but can be customized further with 400 custom color options to choose from. These shoes are designed to have a rigid feel that helps transfer as much leg power to the pedal as possible during use for peak performance.
Psudo makes printed, slip-on sneakers for men and women that are affordable and lightweight. They come in a ton of different styles and are made from 75% recycled material.
Hersey Custom Shoe Company, much like the name suggests, makes custom sneakers for customers out of their Massachusetts factory. Note – it looks like they have a waitlist right now for new orders.
Factors To Consider
The right shoe should fit your foot like a glove. That’s impossible to achieve unless you have a wide range of sizes to choose from though. That’s why all of our top picks have many different sizes to select from. Try to pick out shoes with both width and length sizes available, making it a bit easier for you to get the perfect fit. Before buying any athletic shoes, you should have your feet sized by a professional, so you know exactly what size shoe is the right fit for your foot.
After fit, comfort is the most important feature of a sneaker, especially one that you plan to wear on a daily basis. Select shoes that don’t just make use of soft materials, but that carefully plan out their inserts for the optimal level of comfort over time. The shoes are made to prevent binding or cramping when sized properly, and they feature soft-touch materials around where your foot is located. Also, look for flexible sneakers that will bend naturally with your foot for an improved walking posture.
Durability & Performance
Look closely at material selection and chose options made from tough synthetics or thick full grain leathers for longevity. Good athletic shoes are built-to-last.
Let’s face it, fit and comfort are important, but you won’t buy a pair of shoes if they are hideous looking. Pay attention to style when selecting shoes; focus on the brands that look nice and have plenty of style options while still offering the fit and durability benefits as well.
You want to make sure that you are getting the best sneakers for your money. Eliminate several brands where you determine that the price does not live up to the quality of the shoe.
Doing some outfitting for your feet? Check out our research for socks made in the USA too.
Sneakers Not Made in the USA
Here are some of the most popular sneaker brands and where they are actually made. We’ll keep adding to this list as we research more notable brands to call out.