4 Shoe Designing Business Success Stories [2024]

Updated: June 23rd, 2024
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In this list, you'll find real-world shoe designing business success stories and very profitable examples of starting a shoe designing business that makes money.

1. B Street Shoes ($720K/year)

Blake Barash, the founder of B Street Shoes, was inspired by street and sneaker culture in the San Francisco Bay Area. His passion for street art and custom designs led him to start painting shoes for fun and eventually launch his own business. From painting shoes in his bedroom to now running a 1,500 sq ft Studio Warehouse and employing 6 people, Blake's business has grown significantly.

How much money it makes: $720K/year
How much did it cost to start: $1K
How many people on the team: 8

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Meet Blake Barash, a custom shoe painter who grew his business from his bedroom to now making $50k per month and employing six people.

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2. MyPaintedShoes ($48K/year)

How much money it makes: $48K/year
How much did it cost to start: $1K
How many people on the team: 3

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How I Built A $48K/Year Artistic Business In A Niche Industry

This case study follows the journey of Smieon Mo, the founder of Mypaintedshoes, one of the first online platforms for selling hand-painted shoes, who shares insights into building a successful custom shoe painting business, attracting customers, and transitioning from canvas to leather shoes.

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3. Creative Souls ($12K/year)

Drew McNamara, the founder of Creative Souls, came up with the idea for his business while in a social entrepreneurship class during his junior year of college. He was inspired by a non-profit that had artists with disabilities selling their artwork on shirts, but noticed that no one was printing their designs onto shoes. This led him to create Creative Souls, a brand that prints designs from individuals with disabilities onto canvas shoes and apparel, providing them with opportunities for success and income.

How much money it makes: $12K/year
How much did it cost to start: $45K
How many people on the team: 0

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On Starting A Shoe And Apparel Brand With Designs From People With Disabilities

Creative Souls is a shoe and apparel brand that prints designs created by individuals with disabilities onto their products, paying artists over $1,000 since August 2019, with an average of $1,000 monthly sales, while providing opportunities for people with disabilities to earn money by creating art.

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