9 BIPOC-owned footwear brands we're loving for fall

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ARCH NYC mules and heels. Black-owned brand. Image via ARCH.
ARCH NYC mules and heels. Black-owned brand. Image via ARCH.

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New York Fashion Week may be over, but if you were inspired by some of the fall streetwear styles this year, you can recreate your own looks with a pop-of-colour at an affordable price — all while supporting a BIPOC-owned brand. 

It's important to me to support BIPOC brands whenever I can, and when I came across ARCH, I loved their small but standout collection of heels. The brand has been gaining traction online, so I got my hands on a pair of their eye-catching heels to try them out.

Blush Moscow Mules

Blush Moscow Mule. Image via ARCH NYC.
Blush Moscow Mule. Image via ARCH NYC.

SHOP IT: ARCH, $206 CAD

ARCH is a black-owned footwear brand for women that keeps quality, style, and budget at the top of mind. With inclusivity also in mind, the brand aims to create "conversation-starting" products for every woman.

Beyonce’s celebrity stylist Zerina Akers also recently highlighted ARCH as a black owned brand to support on her curated Instagram page, so you can bet that they're worth the hype.

My impressions

I don't wear heels that often let alone on a daily, but after trying these, I can safely say they are very versatile as I know I can rock them with jeans or a dress at any occasion. They are also quite comfy considering their 3.5-inch height.

I absolutely love the pink blush colour and faux pony hair texture on the pair. I tried the pair with my favourite flare jeans and they really made the outfit pop. Plus, I can honestly say that the Moscow heeled mules must be the most unique pair of footwear that I own.

I tried the heeled mules from ARCH
I tried the heeled mules from ARCH

They are on the bulkier side so I wish they were a little more lightweight. Your feet might get tired by the end of the day regardless of the comfort, but I would still rock these over stilettos any time. I definitely felt confident and comfortable in the heels.

ALSO SEE: Top 5 '70s-inspired flare jeans for fall (and what to style them with)

If you're interested in supporting other BIPOC footwear brands, here are some brands we've picked out that are worth investing in this fall. 

Angel Sandals by Chelsea Paris

Angel Sandals
Angel Sandals. Image via Shopbop.

Black-owned brand Chelsea Paris offers luxury footwear inspired by African heritage. Their designs offer a fusion of European craftsmanship and African designs, colours, and prints.

SHOP IT: Shopbop, $144 (Originally $480)

Edge Sneaker by Good Man Brand

Edge Sneaker
Edge Sneaker. Image via Nordstrom.

Good Man Brand is Black-owned and founded on inclusivity and respect for all. The brand also donates 3% of Nordstrom's total net wholesale purchases to the Why Not You Foundation, which awards scholarships to help students achieve their post-secondary educational dreams.

SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $278

70mm Becky Pumps by Kahmune

70mm Becky Pumps
70mm Becky Pumps. Image by Shopbop.

Black-owned Kahmune offers a range of inclusive handmade footwear to match the skin tones of all women. They're also available in women's sizes 4 to 12 to provide the perfect fit at any size. 

SHOP IT: Shopbop, $500

The Essential Tennis Mid Sneaker by Fear of God Essentials

The Essential Tennis Mid Sneaker
The Essential Tennis Mid Sneaker. Image via Nordstrom.

This clean take on the classic tennis court sneaker from Black-owned luxury label Fear of God is crafted in Italy from recycled calfskin leather for sustainable style.

SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $385

Unity Sling by Daniela Uribe

Unity Sling. Image via Daniela Uribe.
Unity Sling. Image via Daniela Uribe.

Latinx-owned footwear brand Daniela Uribe is rooted in inclusivity, and offers sizes to accommodate male feet in order to ensure that everyone can wear and feel comfortable in their luxury footwear styles.

SHOP IT: Daniela Uribe, $880

Manitobah Mukluks Waterproof Tamarack Half

Waterproof Tamarack Half
Waterproof Tamarack Half. Image via Manitobah.

Manitobah Mukluks is an Indigenous-owned brand that is helping to keep Indigenous traditions alive in Canada with their assortment of shoes and boots for the entire family. 

SHOP IT: Manitobah Mukluks, $240

HOH MONO HEEL (GEN II) by House of Hayla 

HOH MONO HEEL (GEN II) by House of Hayla. Image via House of Hayla.
HOH MONO HEEL (GEN II) by House of Hayla. Image via House of Hayla.

Black-owned brand House of Hayla creates a wide array of heels in sleek monochrome shades that use vegan synthetics instead of leather.

SHOP IT: House of Hayla, $140

Nerea Boot by Zou Xou

Nerea Boot in Copper
Nerea Boot in Copper. Image via Zou Xou.

Ethically made in small batches, Black-owned Zou Xou shoes are handcrafted by Argentinian shoemakers using age old techniques and premium leather.

SHOP IT: Zou Xou, $340

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