List of Shoe Manufacturers and Companies

Put on your best foot forward for this list of the top shoe companies and shoe manufacturers in the world. Popular American shoe companies like Converse and Sketchers are known as cool lifestyle brands, but shoe manufacturers in the USA are only one segment of the market. Among other instantly recognizable shoe company names on the international front, Germany is the home of Adidas shoes, while Reebok - creator of the Pump - was founded in the UK. What are the most successful footwear manufacturing brands? It's tough to rank the best shoes company, so this list of top shoe companies ordered alphabetically. 

The most famous shoe manufacturers in the industry are represented here, so it's a good reference if you're thinking of working for a footwear company. Also, if you're in the market for new kicks, we have a separate list of shoes stores for your shopping needs. 

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  • Adidas
    Fashion accessory, Sports equipment, Design
    Adidas AG is a German multinational corporation that designs and manufactures sports shoes, clothing and accessories. The company is based in Herzogenaurach, Bavaria, Germany. It is the holding company for the Adidas Group, which consists of the Reebok sportswear company, TaylorMade-Adidas golf company, Rockport, and 9.1% of FC Bayern Munich. Besides sports footwear, Adidas also produces other products such as bags, shirts, watches, eyewear and other sports and clothing-related goods. Adidas is the largest sportswear manufacturer in Europe and the second biggest in the world, after Nike. Adidas was founded in 1949 by Adolf Dassler, following a family feud at the Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik company between him and his older brother Rudolf. Rudolf had earlier established Puma, which quickly became the business rival of Adidas. Both the Adidas and Puma companies still remain based in Herzogenaurach, Germany to this day. The company's clothing and shoe designs typically feature three parallel bars, and the same motif is incorporated into Adidas's current official logo. The company revenue for 2012 was listed at €14.88 billion.
  • Boss Holdings
    Clothing, Footwear Manufacturing
    Boss Holdings, Inc. (Boss) operates primarily in the work gloves and protective wear business segment.
  • Brown Shoe
    Wholesale, Retail, Footwear Manufacturing
    Brown Shoe Company is a global footwear company that owns and operates a variety of market-leading footwear brands. Its headquarters is located in Clayton, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.
  • Camper
    Fashion, Footwear Manufacturing
    Camper is a shoe company based in Inca, Spain. Lorenzo Fluxà Rosselló founded the company in 1975 after inheriting a shoe factory from his father, Antoni Fluxà, a Majorcan shoemaker. The Camper brand is marketed globally and has been expanded to the hotel chain market.
  • Coach, Inc.
    Fashion accessory, Clothing, Footwear Manufacturing
    Coach, Inc. is a New York-based luxury fashion company that got its start manufacturing small leather goods. Coach is known for accessories and gifts for women and men, including handbags, men's bags, women's and men's small leather goods, footwear, outerwear, ready-to-wear, watches, travel accessories, scarves, sunwear, fragrance, jewelry, and other accessories.
  • Converse
    Sports equipment, Footwear Manufacturing
    Converse is an American shoe company with a production output that primarily consists of sports wear, and lifestyle brand footwear. Converse manufactures its products under the One Star, Chuck Taylor All Star, and Jack Purcell names. Converse shoes are unique and distinguished by its Star Insignia. The company sells its footwear and other items globally through retailers in over 160 countries and through approximately 75 company-owned retail stores nationwide. The company has been in existence since the early 20th century, and in 2003, it was purchased for $305 million as a subsidiary of Nike, Inc..