While New York has never been the shoe mecca that Milan is, or the luxury brand hub of Paris, over the years it has cultivated its own niche of mostly independent brands alongside the big name houses such as Tory Burch, Coach and Michael Kors.
For NYFW spring ’22, the return to live runway shows and presentations brought forth a curation of new names to discover, from ready-to-wear to accessories — footwear included.
The new crop of footwear brands in New York are bringing something unique to the table that helps them stand out apart from their beautiful designs, from being owned by designers of color to focusing on sustainable production to sourcing materials from all around the world.
Footwear brand Nalebe’s spring ’22 collection focused on the essence of hope, transformation and rebirth after the pandemic. The collection, titled the Eureka collection, served as an ode to designer Amina Means’s childhood, where the harvest season in Nigeria came with a celebration of hard work and life. The collection features heels in bright, vibrant hues of pink, orange and blue and debuted at the Black in Fashion Council’s NYFW showcase at Spring Studios.
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