Shoes provide comfort for the human foot and over time, they have been used for fashion and as items of decoration. As a matter of fact, shoe designs have witnessed so many changes over time, from culture to culture.
At first, shoes were created to just protect humans from hurting their legs in the course of their day to day activities. However, it has transformed from just being a necessity to being a fashion item.
Shoes and shoe designing have become a big market globally and within Africa. Shoe designers are becoming more creative and innovative in making fashionable shoes. Consumers already know what they want and designers around the world have to continuously come up with innovative and fresh ideas.
We are currently in a state where shoes can be made literally out of anything. Shoes could be made from materials of clothes, leather, rubber, plastic and so on. Designers have as a result raised their games and want to stay in the loop at all cost.
The design of shoes hasn't always been like this. It has always changed over time and African designers are of no exception to the change and creativity all around.
The competition is stiff and if they are to stand any chance against other designers and manufacturers around the world, they know that they need to design and produce good quality shoes.
Everyone needs shoes and if their products and delivery services are on par, more people will be ready to buy. Africa is blessed with raw materials, affordable labour and great talent which is an advantage to any independent shoe designer. Below are some of the leading African shoe designers making waves in the shoe industry;