Born Shoes

Born History & Concept

Created in 1994, the Born brand is conceptualized around the enduring nature of art and devotion for beautiful, handcrafted comfort. It is one of the best footwear brands, due to a legacy of more than a century of experience, as Born originated from H.H. Brown – a leading shoe manufacturer since 1883. Based on over 100 years of shoemaking knowledge, today Born produces casual footwear for women, men, and kids.

Thomas McClaskie is the President and Creative Director at Born Shoes. Under his helm, Born has been carrying on with tradition, by following the Born ethos, defined by their signature handcrafted stitch in producing artisan comfort footwear. Under the Born concept, each pair of Born shoes is designed and handcrafted as a unique work of art, while offering an amazing comfort experience.

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Born Footwear Collection

Born footwear is sold online and through retail stores, and the collection is loved throughout the world. They use leather as the ultimate canvas in their style of old-world shoemaking. By wearing Born shoes, women and men of all ages, are able to express themselves in pure comfort and beauty.

The brand has an exponentially growing list of young and casual followers. The vast collection of Born shoes includes some of the most stylish boots and sandals, and various other categories and subcategories of footwear.

Women's Collection

  • Sandals – slide, wedge, slingback, ankle-strap, gladiator, thong
  • Casual – slip-on, oxford, ballerina, driving moc, lace-up
  • Flats – slip-on, ballerina, driving moc
  • Heels – slide, slingback, ankle-strap
  • Clogs – slip on
  • Boots – slip-on, bootie, mid-calf, knee high, over the knee, water-resisting
  • Accessories – handbags, socks

Men's Collection

  • Sandals – slide, thong, closed toe
  • Casual – slip-on, lace-up, boat shoes
  • Clogs – slip-on
  • Boots – slip-on, lace-up, water-resisting
  • Accessories – socks, belts, wallets

Kids' Collection

  • Variety of girls and boys shoes, for infants (sizes 1-4) and little kids (sizes 3-10)

Born Design

Seasons & Inspiration

Born designers make sure that every season has a unique and suitable collection on offer. Inspiration for each new season comes from themes based on geographic locations (for example, the great American west, or the Rockies).

Through seasonal change and deep rooted focus on quality, Born constantly creates incredible footwear. Their followers are hooked to the fact that Born Shoes feel as good as they look.


Born is a brand that cares about your comfort.  Each design is a visionary work of art, achieved through a free-spirited independent attitude.  Each pair of  shoes is handcrafted with exquisite materials, like the finest leathers sourced from across the world. The final product is a set standard for high-quality artisan footwear that embodies hand finishings and details that are unique to Born.  The brand boasts of offering beauty in comfort. The patented comfort feature is achieved through its unmatchable  construction experience and visionary shoemaking artistry.

Quality & Manufacturing Technique

Enough can’t be said about the use of quality materials (leather, suede, nubuck) in Born manufacturing. The high-quality leathers are extraordinarily soft, comfortable, and durable.  Fabrics used are no less exceptional. For example, there’s abundant usage of specialty fabrics like natural linen and plush velvet, in the spring and fall seasons, respectively.

'Opanka' (Hand-Stitching Technique)

Born creates shoes that are comfortable and lightweight. To achieve this they use their signature hand-stitching technique called ‘Opanka’. Through the technique, Born achieves a high-quality artisan crafted pair of shoes with the following key benefits:

  • Flexibility
  • “Ultra Cushioning”
  • Comfort
  • Artistic Detail

Born shoes will flex and move with your foot, giving you a natural feel. With “Ultra Cushioning”, the shoe conforms to the foot and rebounds with every step you take. The famed stitching process combined with specialty padded foot beds and wide toe boxes, add to the comfort. From the outsole to the upper part of the shoe, each shoe is intricately designed and a work of art.  The high-quality outsoles (rubber or polyurethane) are light-weight and include shock-absorbing properties. Also, there are added layers of padding throughout the footbed, whereby high-quality sock linings surround the foot in comfort.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Are Born Shoes Made?

Born Footwear is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut. Their shoes are manufactured in factories in Mexico, China, and Vietnam. Each pair of shoes has the country of origin printed on its upper, and on its packaging.

Who's Born meant for?

Born shoes are meticulously constructed because they have the target consumer in mind. Typically, those who adorn the brand, are adventure seekers’ with a relaxed attitude and flare for comfort and luxury craftsmanship.  

What is vegetable-tanned leather, used by Born?

Veg-tanned leather is normal leather which is tanned using tannin (a substance used to tan leather). Tannin is found in vegetable matter like tree bark which is prepared in bark mills. It is supple and brownish in color.

What are the standard shoe sizes in Born Footwear?

In Born women’s shoes, the standard sizes are  6M-10M, 11M (whole sizes only for sandals). In Born men’s shoes, the standard size are 8M-12M, 13M, 14M (whole sizes only for sandals).  Sometimes, extended and special sizes are manufactured for specific styles.

Are Born shoes waterproof, and what are the care instructions?

Born shoes are not waterproof, since they are hand stitched. The handcrafting techniques mean there are small holes created in the outsole of the shoe. This is where the upper is stitched to the outsole. Therefore, it is not recommended that you submerge your Born shoes in water.

Care Instructions:

In case of full-grain or veg leather styles –  To clean the shoe, use a soft damp cloth, gently rubbing and cleaning across the surface. To maintain the shoe, apply a neutral leather cream, for buffing the surface with a soft clean cloth. As a word of caution, be skeptical of some shoe care products, that may darken or discolor the leather. Also, it’s suggested that you test any new products on a small area on the shoe, before applying to the entire shoe.

In case of suede and nubuck styles – To clean the shoe, use a soft damp cloth for wiping out the surface dirt. Use a suede brush and a crepe bar, for cleaning the more significant stains and marks.   Treat the material with a protective suede spray immediately after purchase, in order to maintain the product from the time it is purchased. Finally, some shoe care products may darken or discolor the leather; be sure to test any products on a small area prior to applying to the entire shoe.

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Marilyn Chase writes fashion articles for luxury power houses that want to see their brands surge. Her articles have appeared in various North American and Western European websites. She contributes articles about design, craftsmanship and manufacturing techniques in fashion. Her articles focus on trends and research supported by first hand interviews and pictures. She is qualified by extensive experience and a degree in fashion from New York.