About Me

I’m originally from Wisconsin, and I’ve been a maker and a shoe-lover since childhood. 

My professional path began at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) with a degree in Industrial Design. I then studied at Cordwainers in London for two years, specializing in shoemaking and footwear design. I moved to NYC immediately after school to work in the corporate footwear industry, but I found myself very quickly missing making shoes myself with my own two hands. 

To get back to what I really loved to do and continue to hone my skills, I became a member of Brooklyn Shoe Space so I could spend my free time making shoes weeknights after work and on weekends. A few months after joining, I quit corporate footwear and I began freelancing and teaching shoemaking classes for BKSS Founder Keiko Hirosue. I still teach to this day in the same space I use to make Loyal Footwear in Hoboken, NJ — a small city I’m also proud to call home where I live with my husband and our retired racing greyhound Sully.

I also enjoy consulting for clients with their own shoe lines, creating tech packs and doing samplemaking / prototype development. I find this to be a satisfying endeavour as it combines my corporate production experience with footwear design and technical production. 

About Loyal Footwear

Made sustainably by me, for you. Loyal Footwear is a cruelty-free, vegan shoe brand. I make every single pair of shoes myself, by hand, here in the USA. What I believe are the best ways of doing absolutely everything converge in this single collection. 

Shoes that you can live in and feel good about. My focus is on soft, comfortable, contemporary styles that you’ll want to live in, created in the most conscious and sustainable way possible. I use advanced microfiber vegan leathers, plant-based leathers, plant-based textiles, and recycled soling materials. My primary approach to sustainability is making shoes to order. No mass-production here. I never make shoes to carry inventory. Only custom, made-to-order shoes for you.  

Partner for your feet and the planet. I push myself to constantly evolve as newer, more sustainable vegan materials enter the market. I implement customer feedback to make Loyal Footwear softer, more durable, and supportive with each and every batch. I’ll get to know your feet, and you’ll get to know your shoemaker!

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