35 Profitable Shoe Related Business Ideas (Ultimate List!)

35 Profitable Shoe Related Business Ideas (Ultimate List!)

If you are looking for shoe related business ideas to begin your path to entrepreneurship, you are in the right place.

With starting a shoe related business, there are plenty of opportunities that can help you follow your dreams and build a successful career. 

In this post, you will discover profitable business ideas, perfect for those who want to have a flexible job, capable of multiplying the average income, while becoming your own boss.

Check out the full list below to help you find your next idea!

Here they are:



1. Start a shoe brand ($960K/year)

Kartik Gurmule from Nagpur, Maharashtra, India started KASA over 2 years ago, a shoe brand.

  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

I started KASA as my first company as a 16 years teenager in the summer before high school, although it was not my first business. Since I was 12 years old, I did small projects like making websites and running marketing for clients.

When secondary school ended, I came to know about FlightClub, StockX, and Sneakerdon and got introduced to the sneaker culture around the world. With my connections made in the previous venture, I was able to get inside contacts in big sneaker brands who could supply me with the shoes skipping the waiting line.

But, due to strict Indian customs and taxations, this business failed in the first month itself. I was able to import the shoes at my home but was unable to sell for a good profit because it charged high custom fees and high international courier charges as potential customers were in the USA.

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Kartik Gurmule, on starting KASA ($80,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a women's shoe line ($120K/year)

Tanya Heath from Paris, Ile-de-France, France started TANYA HEATH Paris over 11 years ago, a women's shoe line.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Paris, Ile-de-France, France

I started my professional life as a anglophone working in Paris France. The first day that I came to work I changed from ballerinas to high heels at my desk. My French colleagues found this ridiculous and they called me “the New Yorker” (Paris is the only city in the world where this is an insult).

Product development took a long time. I had to hold 4 entire years without a single sale and no venture capital so I was paying for everything myself.

Because I knew my life would be here (my husband is French) and I was trying to integrate into my new surroundings, I stopped wearing flats while walking, and spent the next 10 years including work, travel, babies and everything else that life throws at you, wearing high heels.

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Tanya Heath, on starting TANYA HEATH Paris ($10,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a blogging business ($60K/year)

Chhavi Agarwal from New Delhi, Delhi, India started Mrs Daaku Studio almost 3 years ago, a blogging business.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India

I am a licensed attorney in India and right after my master’s in law, I started working with a leading company as a lawyer. I worked there for about two years before I quit my job to become more location independent.

Choose a niche in whatever you start. It is critical for streamlining your efforts and make money.

My job paid me well but I worked 12 hours a day, I was exhausted by the end of each day, spent my weekends sleeping and I almost quit the things I liked to do - for example, sketching, yoga, traveling, etc.

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Chhavi Agarwal, on starting Mrs Daaku Studio ($5,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a bikers customized boots manufacturing business

Examples of a successful bikers customized boots manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a bikers customized boots manufacturing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a bikers customized boots manufacturing business ➜

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5. Start a shoe gum manfacturing business

Examples of a successful shoe gum manfacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a shoe gum manfacturing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a shoe gum manfacturing business ➜

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6. Start a safety boots production business

Examples of a successful safety boots production business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a safety boots production business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a safety boots production business ➜

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7. Start a military footware manufacturing business

Examples of a successful military footware manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a military footware manufacturing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a military footware manufacturing business ➜

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8. Start a shoe soles production and supply business

Examples of a successful shoe soles production and supply business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a shoe soles production and supply business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a shoe soles production and supply business ➜

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9. Start a shoes wholesaling supply business

Examples of a successful shoes wholesaling supply business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a shoes wholesaling supply business:

Learn more about starting a shoes wholesaling supply business ➜

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10. Start a riders shoe manufacturing business

Examples of a successful riders shoe manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a riders shoe manufacturing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a riders shoe manufacturing business ➜

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11. Start a rain and snow boots production business

Examples of a successful rain and snow boots production business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a rain and snow boots production business:

Learn more about starting a rain and snow boots production business ➜

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12. Start a shoe buckles production business

Examples of a successful shoe buckles production business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a shoe buckles production business:

Learn more about starting a shoe buckles production business ➜

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13. Start a rock climbing boots manufacturing business

Examples of a successful rock climbing boots manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a rock climbing boots manufacturing business:

Learn more about starting a rock climbing boots manufacturing business ➜

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14. Start an used shoe consignment store business

Examples of a successful used shoe consignment store business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a used shoe consignment store business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an used shoe consignment store business ➜

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15. Start a shoe craft school business

Examples of a successful shoe craft school business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a shoe craft school business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a shoe craft school business ➜

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16. Start a children shoe store

Examples of a successful children shoe store:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a children shoe store:

Learn more about starting a children shoe store ➜

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17. Start a shoe repair business

Examples of a successful shoe repair business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a shoe repair business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a shoe repair business ➜

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18. Start a rubber and latex distribution business

Examples of a successful rubber and latex distribution business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a rubber and latex distribution business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a rubber and latex distribution business ➜

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19. Start a footwear store business

Examples of a successful footwear store business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a footwear store business ➜

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20. Start a shoe making business

Examples of a successful shoe making business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a shoe making business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a shoe making business ➜

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21. Start a shoe designing business ($600K/year)

Examples of a successful shoe designing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a shoe designing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a shoe designing business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Blake Barash's story on creating B Street Shoes a read:

My name is Blake Barash, owner of B Street Shoes. I’m a custom shoe painter located in Orange County, CA. People know me for my custom painted Nikes, Jordans, and football cleats for NFL players.

The above picture shows Nike in my “Shoedio” filming a segment

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Blake Barash, on starting B Street Shoes ($50,000/month) full story ➜

22. Start a handmade shoe cottage business

Examples of a successful handmade shoe cottage business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a handmade shoe cottage business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a handmade shoe cottage business ➜

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23. Start a leather shoes manufacturing business

Examples of a successful leather shoes manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a leather shoes manufacturing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a leather shoes manufacturing business ➜

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24. Start a flip-flops manufacturing business

Examples of a successful flip-flops manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a flip-flops manufacturing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a flip-flops manufacturing business ➜

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25. Start an online shoe store business

Examples of a successful online shoe store business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online shoe store business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an online shoe store business ➜

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26. Start a shoe polish manufacturing business

Examples of a successful shoe polish manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a shoe polish manufacturing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a shoe polish manufacturing business ➜

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27. Start a retail sports footwear business

Examples of a successful retail sports footwear business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a retail sports footwear business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a retail sports footwear business ➜

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28. Start a rubber shoes mass production business

Examples of a successful rubber shoes mass production business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a rubber shoes mass production business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a rubber shoes mass production business ➜

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29. Start a shoe lace business

Examples of a successful shoe lace business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a shoe lace business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a shoe lace business ➜

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30. Start a synthetic leather supplying business

Examples of a successful synthetic leather supplying business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a synthetic leather supplying business:

Learn more about starting a synthetic leather supplying business ➜

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31. Start a babies shoe store business

Examples of a successful babies shoe store business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a babies shoe store business:

Learn more about starting a babies shoe store business ➜

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32. Start a men's shoe store business ($600K/year)

Examples of a successful men's shoe store business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a men's shoe store business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a men's shoe store business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give James Di Mambro's story on creating Andiamo International LTD a read:

Hello, my name is James Di Mambro and our company is WALK London Shoes. We are a family-run footwear brand that sells fashionable men’s footwear; such as shoes, boots, loafers, sandals, trainers, etc.

We started the brand in 2013 and today we sell over 100,000 pairs a year which for us is an amazing achievement.

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James Di Mambro, on starting Andiamo International LTD ($50,000/month) full story ➜

33. Start a sandal brand

Examples of a successful sandal brand:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a sandal brand ➜

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34. Start a football boots production business

Examples of a successful football boots production business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a football boots production business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a football boots production business ➜

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35. Start a sneaker line production business

Examples of a successful sneaker line production business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a sneaker line production business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a sneaker line production business ➜

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