Danish fashion is becoming more and more internationally popular, and as Danish fashion brands grow, Danish accessories brands are enjoying the same trajectory. From fashion sneakers to high heels, from men’s and women’s shoes to shoes for kids, there’s something for everyone in this list of the coolest Danish footwear.
Given that the Danish weather can be…finicky, at best, Danes tend to take their footwear seriously.
Here are the best Danish shoe brands to know:
Danish designer Yvonne Koné makes minimalism cool with her sleek bags and shoes. She originated the high-fashion bum bag, and her shoes do the same: classic silhouettes in high-quality materials and a variety of colors that make them perfect for every day and occasion-wear. Her gorgeous shop on Store Strandstraede in Copenhagen is worth a visit for the interior alone, but you’ll definitely find some tempting accessories once you’re inside.
Ecco is Denmark’s largest shoe brand and is available worldwide. They’re known for both on-trend shoes and classic looks for both men and women, particularly their sneakers and other comfortable iterations of timeless designs. If you want a reliable shoe at a reasonable price you can wear every day, Ecco is the place to look. Ecco is so popular that it occasionally pops up on crosswords with the clue: “Danish Shoe Company.”
Trend-based shoe brand Billi Bi makes good quality, fashionable shoes and boots for women. Their usually a bit more ornate than your typical Danish shoe, and reasonably-priced, so they speak to the not-so-minimalist contingent of Danish fashion.
Eva Bartels resurrected her family shoe business, and thank goodness she did! Her joyful, unexpected shoes are handmade in Italy in a tiny family-run factory. She uses deadstock fabric, including some from vintage Italian parasols! The production numbers are small, so scoop up the shoes you like before they’re gone!
Making super high heels comfortable? What an idea! Roccamore set out with a mission, and amazingly they seem to have done it. Their heels come in classic and occasionally retro-feeling silhouettes, and a playful range of colors. If you can’t get enough of high heels but your feet are angry with you, give Roccamore a try.
Ivylee shoes are a blend of fun and functional, Ivylee shoes are an easy choice for those who want high-quality footwear that’s a bit playful and still reasonably affordable.
From heels to boots, Gardenia is a trusted name in Danish footwear. The brand was originally launched in 1941, when founder Herman Gutkin made wooden clogs from a basement in Nørrebro. In the 50s, the company began making high heels. They became very popular, and all these years later Gardenia is still producing fashionable, well-made footwear.
These top quality shoes combined Nordic minimalism with Portuguese craftsmanship. Their shoes are the kind that just get better with age; their boots in particular are made to last a lifetime and mold to the shape of your foot as you wear them. In addition to their high-end women’s and men’s collections, they’ve done a collaboration with Ecco on some very sleep, slightly avant garde sneakers and sandals.
Launched in 1904, Angulus creates shoes for men, women, and children. They’re best known for their winter boots, which are ubiquitous on adults and children throughout Denmark during the colder months. Their children’s boots are wonderful – hearty footwear that will keep kids warm through the winter and won’t break.
Danish sneaker brands
ARKK brings Danish design to sneakers in an innovative and high-tech way. Their men’s and women’s sneakers have soles specially developed for ARKK, and their silhouettes are all inspired by Danish architecture. These definitely fall into the category of cool streetwear and fashion sneakers for men and women – they’re functional sneakers that aren’t really made for technical performance, but they’re extremely sleek and comfortable. If you want true Copenhagen style for your feet, this is it!
With the tagline “Scandinavian sneakers” Woden has made it pretty clear what they’re all about: well-designed, fashionable sneakers. They also have a range of boots, but sneakers are their main product. Woden makes shoes for women, teens, and children.
Known for their minimalist sneakers, Garment Project makes the kind of casual shoes that you could easily wear into work (unless you’re in a particularly corporate office) or pair with a suit without looking out of place. They make both women’s and men’s casual sneakers, mostly in leather and suede.
Danish designer shoe brands
Ganni is one of the only contemporary Danish fashion brands to have crossed over worldwide, and they’re mostly known for their cool-girl, irreverent clothes. Their shoes, however, are also consistently best sellers. Want the shoes you’ll see on all the fashion cool kids? Then check out Ganni.
Whimsical, colorful, and full of pattern; Stine Goya’s clothes and accessories don’t lean towards typical Danish minimalism. Her shoes are the same: playful and bold.
By Malene Birger’s shoe collection runs the gambit each season from simple and functional to party-ready. They usually have a sneaker or two in the mix, then produce boots, sandals, or heels in addition, depending on the season. They’re better known as a high-quality and fashion-forward womenwear brand, but pay attention to their shoes too and you’ll find some gems.
Though Wood Wood sells multiple shoe brands through their stores and website, they also produce their own shoes on occasion, and they’re really good.Their collaborations with adidas and Ellesse are just weird enough to be real fashion footwear, but still wearable. Their Benny Boot, which has become a Copenhagen classic since it launched, is the Copenhagen fashion version of the classic Timberland boot: thick and durable, with a workwear-meets-hypebeast vibe.
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