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The Australian Shoe Brands Guide for Women

The Australian Shoe Brands Guide for Women

Australia is known for its beaches, laid-back lifestyle, and cuddly koalas. However, something else that should be on your radar is their fashion. Namely, Australian shoe brands!

From small brands to worldwide sensations, Australia’s footwear selection is unparalleled. And it’s not just sandals or flip-flops (or thongs as the Aussies call them). 

Every woman knows that a shoe can either make or break her outfit. Thankfully, depending on the occasion, there’s a pair of Australian footwear for everyone.

A walk in the park? Try some flats. A pair of Australian sandals from Wittner or Australian sneakers from BY FAR. Dancing the night away? A pair of chunky heels will do the trick. Heading out into the bush? (Or a hike, as us North Americans like to say) Opt for a trusty pair of boots with a sturdy sole! 

Many Australian shoe brands also offer accessories and bags to complete your look. Take a cue from the coolest Aussies when it comes to styling your shoes. Mixing high and low/casual and dressy is a popular trend.

For example, wear your rugged skinny jeans with heels that are sparkly and fancy. Or slip on a bejewelled dress with a grungy pair of combat boots.

No matter what your personal style is, there’s an Australian shoe company making your favorite pair right now.

Australian Shoe Size Conversion

Before we begin our venture into Australian footwear brands let me answer a question you’re likely asking yourself if you’re reading from N. America: Are Australian shoe size and US shoe sizing the same?

If so, you’re in luck! Australian shoe sizes are the same as American shoe brands and stores. A woman’s size 7 Australian shoe is going to fit the same as a US women’s size 7 shoe! Canadian sizes run the same as US sizig, so if you’re purchasing Australian shoes in Canada, the she size number will also correspond.

However, if you’re in the UK and buying a from an Australian shoe brand or retailer, Australian sizing is 2 sizes larger than the UK size equivalent. Example: an Australian women’s shoe size 8 (and US size 8 as well) will be close to a UK women’s shoe size 6.

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A.EMERY

With an emphasis on flat, strappy sandals, A.EMERY’s collections are designed in Melbourne and handcrafted in India. The quality is higher than the harbour bridge.

You’ll definitely be wearing these shoes for seasons to come! Ideal for modern minimalists, A.EMERY is committed to sustainability. The high-quality footwear is available across Australia, in select luxury retailers, and online.

Shop A.EMERY here.

Alias Mae

Founded in 2011, Alias Mae hit the ground running. Or strutting! Their collection of sandals, slides and sneakers are coveted by fashionistas across the globe. You’ll never worry about quality with Alias Mae.

Crafted in small runs, every pair is handmade with the best leather available. The statement shoes are available in Australia, online and in the U.S. Alias Mae partners with iEqualChange to give $1 from every sale towards empowering women and girls.

Shop Alias Mae here.

Dion Lee

Dion Lee is one of Australia’s most well-known designers. The brand is famous for its powerful yet simple approach to fashion. Launched in 2009, their architectural footwear is to die for!

Their thigh high boots are perfect for fall while their square-toe sandals scream summertime. Get ready to turn heads in the brand’s elevated styles. Dion Lee can be found in luxury retailers across the globe, as well as online.

Shop Dion Lee here.

Windsor Smith

Chunky sandals, platforms and lug-sole boots. Windsor Smith shoes will literally elevate your style. The brand, although established in 1946 in Melbourne, didn’t carry women’s shoes until 2009.

Known for their of-the-moment designs, they’re a fun brand to add to your rotation. They’ve also committed to a sustainable strategy to help reduce waste! Think: recyclable bags and long-lasting shoe boxes. 

Shop Windsor Smith here.

Bassike

Australian beach life is ingrained in every Bassike (pronounced “basic”) design. Based on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, the brand features practical slides and sandals for everyday wear. Every pair is high quality and sustainably sourced.

Also, Bassike has partnered with Greenfleet to offset carbon emissions! You can shop their collections in stores across Australia, online or in more than 80 retailers worldwide. 

Shop Bassike shoes here.

Jaggar The Label

If texture and design are your weakness, you’ll love Jaggar The Label. In fact, you’ll be obsessed. From organza to crocodile scales and pony hair, their shoes stand out from the crowd.

Jaggar was born in Australia but is now based and designed in London, UK. They’re known for their reimagined vintage shapes and meticulous attention to detail. You’ll walk with a sense of empowerment in their eye-catching shoes!

Shop Jaggar The Label here.

James Smith

Australian shoe brand James Smith rose to fame in 2014 with their OFF DUTY slide. Their biggest inspiration? Easygoing European style. Minimal and modern, James Smith’s footwear will elevate any outfit. On a casual outing, try a pair of chunky sandals with a voluminous cotton dress. 

Shop James Smith here.

Nelson Made

Nelson Made footwear is always crafted with respect. Their biggest mission is to not cause harm to people or the planet. These are shoes you can feel good about wearing! The brand has a clean energy studio in Melbourne where their flat sandals are made.

They also use 100% biodegradable and compostable shipping packages! Whether you’re opting for an electric blue sandal or a white leather boot, Nelson Made will take your outfit to the next level.

Shop Nelson Made here.

Christopher Esber

This eponymous brand was founded in Sydney in 2010. You’ll find an array of funky high heels in the brand’s footwear collection. Think: the kind of footwear you’d wear to a party or to fashion week.

However, the price point isn’t for the faint of heart. Be prepared for drop some serious cash on a pair of strappy stilettos. 

Shop Christopher Esber here.

St. Agni

Do you consider yourself a minimalist? Then you’ll adore St. Agni shoes! Husband and wife duo Laura and Matt Fells founded the brand in Australia’s coastal town of Byron Bay in 2014.

Their goal is to create simple yet quality shoes. Fun fact: some pairs take up to 10 hours to make! You can find St. Agni shoes in a variety of boutiques across the globe or online.

Shop St. Agni here.

BY FAR

Kaia Gerber, the Hadid sisters, and Priyanka Chopra are all fans of BY FAR. The brand designs all of their cool girl styles in Australia and hand makes them in Bulgaria. They’re also very committed to sustainability.

Part of their environmental pledge is to help tackle climate change! You can shop BY FAR shoes — including the best selling Rodina sneakers — in boutiques worldwide or online.

Shop BY FAR here.

SENSO

SENSO, a family owned and operated business, has been around since the 1980s. Since then, the likes of Gigi Hadid and Chiara Ferrangi have been spotted in their shoes.

You’ll find structured sandals, fuzzy slides and glossy boots in their collections. A bonus? They do free shipping worldwide!

Shop SENSO at ShopBop here.

Studio Amelia

A relatively new Australian shoe brand, Studio Amelia launched in 2019. They focus on two core releases per year in order to reduce waste and mass consumption. And best of all? Each purchase of Studio Amelia’s strappy sandals and heels benefits a charity! Their best sellers range from thigh high boots to chunky slides. 

Shop Studio Ameli here.

EMU Australia

Taking design cues from nature, Australian-owned and designed EMU Australia has been around for 25 years. THis is the first brand that comes to mind for me, when I think of Australian footwear!

Known for their fluffy sheepskin lined boots, they use natural and sustainable materials like Merino wool and sheepskin. And not only are they eco-friendly, they’re biodegradable! Their Platinum collection of shoes and slippers are made locally.

These Aussie made shoes are so comfortable, you’ll never want to take them off. Find EMU Australia across the world as well as online. I have worn and loved many of their styles over the years!

Shop EMU Australia, here.

R.M Williams

This iconic Aussie brand was born in the Outback. Their rugged, outdoor-ready boots are handmade in their Adelaide workshop. They’re truly Australian crafted, owned and operated — for over 9 decades!

You’ll find a silhouette and color for every personal taste. Although on the pricier side, R.M. Williams boots are a worthwhile investment. 

Shop R.M Williams here.

MIMCO

Founded in 1996 in Melbourne, MIMCO is renowned for their accessories. However, their footwear collection deserves attention too! The leathers that MIMCO use are ultra-soft and high quality. From sneakers to mules and loafers, each pair is designed to fit your lifestyle.

The brand is also working towards a more sustainable future! Also, MIMCO has a commitment towards empowering and inspiring women in their communities. 

Shop MIMCO here.

Blundstone

You can’t think about Australian shoes without thinking of Blundstone. It’s one of the most popular types of boot out there, and always a safe purchase. After all, they’re meant to stand the test of time! Blundstone has been around for 150 years. The classic Chelsea boot silhouette seems to never goes out of style. Neither do their neutral hues.

Made from water-resistant leather, you can wear them everywhere from the mountains to the sidewalks and they last a long time! Blundstone boots can be found all across the globe and online and come in various styles for all women, men and children.

Shop Blundstone at here.

Wittner

One Australian shoe company that comes to mind when I think of Australian shoes is Wittner. I have a few pairs and love them. In fact, I’m wearing a pair of their sandals in this posts’s primary image!

The family-owned brand has been around for over a century and they’ve learned a thing or two about women’s footwear in that time. Their unique shoe styles appeal to everyone and the quality is fabulous.

Going for casual? Try a pair of leather loafers. Dressing up? Emerald green block heels are the way to go! Wittner’s in-house design team developed unique padding tech to ensure that “women can walk tall in Wittner shoes.” I can attest the quality and craftsmanship of Wittner shoes as I have had the pleasure to own quite a few pairs.

Shop Wittner here.

Tony Bianco

If you’re looking for a heel to last forever, browse Tony Bianco. You’ll find every pair you need for weddings, parties, birthdays! Established in 1972, the brand remains a leader on the Aussie shoe scene.

To this day, Tony Bianco is completely Australian-owned and family run. As well as being able to shop in Australia, they have an American website for easy ordering.

Shop Tony Bianco here.

Witchery

Known mostly for clothes, Witchery also offers a stylish variety of shoes! It’s a one-stop-shop since the shoes will automatically pair with whatever wardrobe you’re picking up.

Witchery has everything from their brand’s Australian sneakers to leather boots and textured flats. Try a loose shirt dress with knee-high boots. For work, wide-leg trousers looks great with wedge espadrilles. 

Shop Witchery shoes here.

Seed Heritage

Seed Heritage is a staple in malls all across Australia. Geared towards a on-the-go women and moms, their shoes will fit your busy lifestyle. Their Birkenstock-style sandals are comfortable and stylish. (They even have a shearling-lined pair!) Low-heeled boots and classic canvas sneakers are always a good choice as well.

Seed’s shoes are versatile. Pair them with almost anything in your wardrobe. And if you’re stuck for inspiration, they also sell clothes!

Shop Seed Heritage here.

Mara & Mine

Mara & Mine put an emphasis on flat or low-to-the-ground kitten and block heels. Created by two Australians, the brand is based in Los Angeles. The stylish duo started out with embroidered slippers and expanded after roaring success!

Margot Robbie, Chanel Iman and Cara Delevigne have all been spotted sporting their shoes. The luxurious materials and hardware are sourced from Italy and Spain. 

Shop Mara & Mine here.

Sol Sana

Quality leather shoes at good prices? Sign me up! Sol Sana, founded in 2010, designs approachable yet edgy styles. They’re known for their mules, slides, and unique heels.

The fashion footwear brand is also committed to being sustainable. In their best sellers, you’ll find an assortment of comfy and trendy slip-on sandals.

Shop Sol Sana shoes here.

LMS

Get your party on with LMS. From zebra prints to bubblegum satins, their shoes were meant to stand out. The brand, founded by Lisa Mandy Seskin, hails from Bondi Beach.

LMS helps modern women feel confident by building their looks from the ground up. They also have a small collection of vegan heels! Shop LMS shoes here.

Wanted

From boho babes to on-trend hotties, Wanted has it all for every fashionista. Their affordable prices make it easy to invest in a pair—or two. The family-owned brand is 100% Australian. Although they don’t design their own shoes, they carry a wide variety of Australian shoe brands.

Shop Wanted shoes at Macy’s here.

UGG

I didn’t think to include this brand, as although the term UGG is almost synonymous with “Australia”, but it’s worth noting this famous shoe brand! The company was founded in 1978 in Southern California by Australian surfer Brian Smith UGG.

Now simply known as UGG, it’s become one of those iconic Australian shoe brands that everybody knows and loves — even though it’s not even an Australian shoe company!

The classic UGG boots, made of fluffy shearling, are the most beloved from their collection, which has since expanded to many other shoe types and styles. You can buy the cozy footwear worldwide and online.

Shop genuine UGG shoes from Nordstrom, here.

Final Thoughts about Australian Shoe Brands

Now that you’ve read through the extensive list of Australian shoe brands available in Australia and abroad, are you ready for some shoe shopping? I know I am!

If not, I hope I’ve at least opened your eyes to some of the best women’s shoes in Australia that are either Australian made or designed in the Land Down Under.

If you have any favorite Australian footwear brands and/or specific styles you want to add or share? Please free to leave a comment, below!

Looking for more country-specific shoes to shop? Don’t forget to peruse my popular post of the very best Canadian shoe brands!

Primary Image by: Bruna Rico Photography

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