From boots to slippers to sneakers and even your own custom shoe ware, these New Hampshire shops make shoes that will keep your feet warm and happy (and even stylish) this winter season.
These shoes may be headquartered in Denmark, but they just moved into the West End of Portsmouth to walk their way through New England. Each pair of shoes is simple and functional, representative of mid-20th century Danish design with each being naturally tanned and processed by hand, allowing subtle variations in the leather. The sheep wool lining of their boots makes them the perfect addition to any Granite State winter wardrobe.
White Mountain Shoes
White Mountain women’s shoes are made to be worn every day. Their carefully crafted (and stylish) collections are built to reside at the front of your closet with molded footbeds, arch support and memory foam insoles. Styles like the Dear Bootie and Loyal Tall Boot are great for those snowy treks to the office or to run errands.
This leather goods store has been selling goods primarily to the motorcycle trade, but their sheepskin footwear is also exceptional. Slip-on scuff slippers or moccasins are perfect for chilly evenings by the fire.
JEMS by Pensole
In 1883 a Black man, who was a cobbler and shoemaker by the name of Jan Ernst Matzeliger, dramatically changed the way shoes are made. His patented lasting machine increased production of shoes from 50 to 700 pairs a day, an invention that has become the foundation of modern-day shoe-making. He died before he was able to see the impact his invention would have on the world of footwear, and his story has been lost in the history books. In honor of Matzeliger, Dr. D’Wayne Edwards, founder of Pensole Lewis College has named his ground-breaking factory JEMS, The Jan Ernst Matzeliger STU/DEO. This Black-owned footwear manufacturing studio (and the first in the U.S.) is known for its inaugural shoe, the FIRST JEM. The sneaker design includes red and blue ombre laces with copper aglets, lace-locking crosshatch eyelets and other unique details.
Celebrating 30 years in business this year, glerups are wool shoes inspired by nature for all age groups from the active surfer to those who love kicking their feet up on the sofa. What started as a New Hampshire hobby has now grown into a global business, and each pair of slippers and shoes have been created with love and care from the sheep to the feet.
The Cordwainer Shop
Not seeing the shoe you are looking for this season? Have trouble fitting shoes to your feet? Why not make your own? The Cordwainer Shop offers workshops around the state with Molly Grant, where you can create your own custom pair of shoes made uniquely for your feet.
Don’t forget socks with your shoes! Minus33 makes a variety of wool options to choose from by activity, weight and even height.