10 Best Pairs of Shoes That Are Made in America
Whether we’re talking about jeans or watches, there are plenty of brands that make classic styles right here in the United States. And if you find yourself wearing American-made clothes head to ankle, why not take a look at shoes that are made in the U.S., too? If you like supporting American manufacturers, there are a few shoe brands that you should know about. Read on to make sure that you know all the brands to follow, and to check out our favorite styles of American-made shoes for the spring and summer.
1. Allen Edmonds Mora double monk
The double monk is a great choice of shoes for the guy who wants to dress up without taking himself too seriously. And Allen Edmonds, a company that’s been making shoes in America for nearly 100 years, is one of the best places to get a pair. The Mora double monk goes through a 212-step crafting process and features Goodyear welt construction, which means this pair is going to stick with you for years.
2. Allen Edmonds cap-toe oxford
Another great Allen Edmonds style is the Strand cap-toe oxford. This six-eyelet oxford is constructed from calfskin leather, and features gorgeous broguing detail and a burnished finish. And guys who find it difficult to find dress shoes that fit will be happy to hear that Allen Edmonds offers numerous sizes and nine different widths, which makes it easy to find the right size for you.
3. Red Wing Iron Ranger
Red Wings are a favorite among guys devoted to American-made, and the Iron Ranger is one of the brand’s most iconic styles. Not every guy needs a rugged pair of work boots for the summer, but if you do, you can’t go wrong with this hard-wearing cap-toe style, which is styled after the footwear worn by miners in the Mesabi Iron Range.
4. Red Wing chukka boot
Another rugged Red Wing style we just couldn’t leave out? The brand’s “Classic” chukka boot. This hard-wearing style is perfect for the guy who wants a rugged shoe without the taller silhouette of a work boot. With a leather upper and rubber sole, the chukka boot will keep you comfortable everywhere you need to go this summer.
5. Oak Street Bootmakers trench boot
If you love boots as much as we do, then you’ve probably heard of Oak Street Bootmakers, a Chicago-based brand that designs and produces hand-crafted boots in the U.S. The brand’s trench boot is constructed of Horween Chromexcel, and features a rubber sole and rawhide lacing. Especially in natural brown Chromexcel, these boots will look great with your favorite jeans or chinos this summer.
6. Oak Street Bootmakers penny loafer
Another of our favorite Oak Street Bootmakers styles is the beefroll penny loafer, which comes in summer-ready shades including navy, brown, and natural brown. The great thing about shoes made from Horween Chromexcel is that not only is the leather among the best in the world, but it’s made in the U.S., too — which makes Oak Street’s shoes a great choice for American-made devotees.
7. Quoddy derby shoe
For many guys, summer is all about casual dressing. If that sounds like you, then the leather derby shoe from Quoddy, a Maine-based company known for its heritage craftsmanship and classic style may be right up your alley. These shoes are constructed of Horween Chromexcel, and feature tonal leather laces, cushioned insoles, and gripped Vibram soles.
8. Rancourt & Co. moccasin
Another time-tested casual style for summer is a moccasin, and the Ranger moccasin from Rancourt & Co. is a perfect example. Rancourt is a family-owned company based in Maine, and has three generations of experience in hand-crafting leather shoes. These moccasins are constructed from Horween leather, and feature rawhide laces and a traditional camp moc sole.
9. Eastland Freeport boat shoe
Rounding out the trifecta of Maine-based shoe companies is Eastland, the brand behind this great pair of boat shoes. The Freeport boat shoe is built of Horween leather, and features a Moc toe with contrast stitching, rawhide laces, and a non-slip rubber sole that’ll serve you well on slippery docks or simply on rainy city streets.
10. New Balance 996 sneaker
No list of American-made shoes would be complete without mention of New Balance, which makes a few of its iconic sneakers in the United States. The 996 sneaker pictured here is a classic sneaker for your morning jobs or weekend errands, and the heritage appeal of the style will keep you looking cool even when the weather gets hot.