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United States
Based in New York

Founders Footwear was started to create and offer Essential Luxuries. Timeless silhouettes and styles that every gentleman must own, crafted in the highest quality and sold directly to him.

When founders Mike and Tipton set out to start the brand, they knew we weren't the only ones out there; they weren't the only ones trying to make footwear and sell it directly to their customer without a middleman. To differentiate themselves, they headed to Italy, the home of luxury footwear. They worked with a family owned factory that’s been crafting footwear for over a century. They used the absolute highest quality leathers, soles, laces; they wouldn't compromise. What to other brands may seem as excesses or add-ons, they'd recognize as essentials, necessities and included with all their shoes.


New York, United States

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Blake Rapid

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