14 of the best shoe brands that call Australia home

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James smith

James Smith is best known for his “modernist leisure shoes”. Drawing inspiration from the effortless nature of European style, James Smith explores architectural silhouettes with a minimalist base. Exploring the balance between classic and contemporary to enhance your everyday look.

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Nelson does

Created in reaction to the overproduction and mass consumption plaguing the fashion industry, Nelson Made was born out of a desire to create locally handmade shoes and build a more eco-friendly business. Modern and portable, each seasonal collection is ethically considered to make your heart sing.

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Christophe Esber

Australian designer Christopher Esber does more than just good clothes. The brand also offers a coveted line of footwear that regularly finds its way onto the wish lists of fashion it-girls. Her shoes are infused with details like architectural straps and minimal wedges that simply ooze with freshness.

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St. Agni

Founded by the husband and wife team, Lara and Matt Fells, St. Agni is the epitome of relaxed chic. Each pair of their shoes is handcrafted by artisans, with each pair taking up to 10 hours to make. St. Agni offers both easy-to-wear separate pieces in neutral colourways and slip-on sandals perfect for your next Sunday stroll.

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From afar

A must have for any fashion lover’s wardrobe, By FAR takes inspiration from the ’90s and’ 00s, with retro designs that embrace the cool-girl style of decades gone by. Designed in Australia, each pair is handcrafted in Bulgaria using premium Italian materials. Finished with modern details that give them the impression of being in tune with the times, their shoes are frequently worn by famous faces like Kendall Jenner, Priyanka Chopra, Sienna Miller and more.

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Studio Amélie

Studio Amelia’s artistic director, Emily Inglis, designs shoes that are both simple and elegant. With an eye for minimal silhouettes, from wrap-around sandals to strappy heels, Studio Amelia has the timeless shoes you’ll have in your wardrobe for decades.

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Tony Bianco

Founded in 1972, the Tony Bianco the brand embodies the High Street attitude London and the Spirit of Soho, New York. From basics to avant-garde pieces, the shoe brand offers high-end leather models that will reward you season after season.

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Aka Mae

Since its creation in 2011, Aka Mae has grown into an awesome company with highly sought after footwear. the Australian The shoe brand prides itself on its exceptional quality with handmade leather designs and exclusive small series. Stocked in shops around Australia and in the USA, the brand is also available online.

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SENSO

Created in the 80s, SENSO is a Australian shoe brand originally founded by husband and wife Scarlett and Kim Meller. Noticing a gap in the market for high-quality yet affordable fashion footwear, the pair launched what is now one of the country’s most sought-after and iconic brands. SENSO is a favorite of some of the world’s most influential bloggers and celebrities, from Kendall Jenner to Chiara Ferragni.

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Mara and mine

Created by Tamara Ingham and Jasmine Yarbrough, two Australian Los Angeles-based designers, Mara & Mine takes inspiration from the casual style, creating woman’s shoes which are modern, with an advantage. Recalling the elegant and minimalist shades of European sophistication, the shoe collections have a timeless style and this season, for the first time, have broadened their repertoire to include both stiletto heels and block heels.

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Sol Sana

Sol Sana shoes are designed to meet a need for accessible leather shoes and sandals in the women’s footwear market. Combining contemporary designs with the brand’s relaxed aesthetic, this local brand has won a loyal following of women looking for shoes made from high-quality leather and textiles.

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Wittner

For over a century in Australia, Wittner helps women find the perfect pair of shoes. With humble beginnings in Melbourne at over 100 retail stores Australia and New Zealand large, Wittner has more than three generations of experience.

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LMS

LMS shoes are designed to be the centerpiece that complements any modern girl’s wardrobe. The essence of the range is simple silhouettes transformed by unconventional materials.

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A.EMERY

The mission behind A.EMERY is to create the ultimate paired and minimalist back sandal. The designs are refined and suited to both the urban and vacation environment. Designed in Melbourne and beautifully handcrafted in India, you will wear your A.EMERY all year round.

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