Gone are the days when vocations such as being a Doctor, Lawyer or Teacher were considered to be more stable. Over the years, many industries have strongly emerged; and judging by how these sectors reflect positively on the country’s economy, the world of innovation and entrepreneurship certainly looks promising.
An industry that has invaded the innovation and creative space in South African business landscape is the shoe manufacturing industry. South Africa does not have a consistent and sustainable list of locally made shoe businesses. However, with the growing number of patriotic consumers, the trajectory of this industry, in particular has enjoyed bountiful growth.
Here are South Africa’s most recognised shoe companies.
1. Tsonga South Africa:
This proudly South African company has been in existence since the late 90’s. A variation of men and women shoes that are hand stitched by rural women in SA. are on offer.
2. Drip Footwear:
Drip Footwear caters for women, men and is currently in production for its latest kids edition, which will be available until December 2020. In a short space of time, Drip Footwear has established a warehouse and offices.
iFele is based in Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal and was founded in the year 20216. The unique shoes are made from pure leather, with a touch of rubber. The contemporary African footwear brand uses a modern twist in Zulu sandals knows as; Imbadada.
Corks is fairly new in the shoe making industry, with having started trading last year. According to the owner of the brand, Seb Matheson, he described his business in these words: “After lots of research and speaking to Portuguese suppliers, I eventually quit my corporate job and started a sneaker company. I wanted to create a shoe that was going to tick a couple of boxes.”
The owner of this brand, Jinae Heyns, formed Matshidiso, armed with only her marketing background. The brand was founded in 2017 and is currently based in Cape Town. With the help of her mother in law, who had experience in dance factory specialising in ballet and ballroom, brand Matshidiso soon became a success.