Our Story

Founded in 2013, TawiaDesigns is a Ghanaian-American shoe brand based in Chicago that provides comfortable handmade footwear ranging from sandals, boots, lace-ups, shoes, and custom sneakers. Our philosophy is to create unique comfortable shoes that satisfy customers on all levels. 

Handcrafted in Kenya, Ghana, and Morocco, TawiaDesigns creates a variety footwear styles that represents the rich African culture, while creating and sustaining artisanal jobs within Africa. Our shoes are developed through a combination of ethnic craftsmanship and aesthetic creativity designed for every occasion. Each shoe has a cultural background inspired by different tribes throughout Africa. 

At our workshops, small local families consisting of men and women develop pairs of shoes a day by hand using traditional techniques passed down through generations.