Introduction to Sam Edelman

Sam Edelman is now associated with laid-back American luxury, and some of its more prominent fans include Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and Halle Berry. But the road to becoming one of America’s most beloved brands hasn’t been easy, but rather a difficult one littered with stumbling blocks.

Nonetheless, under the supervision and industry knowledge of Sam Edelman and his wife Libby, the company has managed to stay at the frontline of luxury footwear for well over a decade. With decades of combined experience, both designers share an unquenchable love for unique shoe design, which has helped the Sam Edelman brand establish itself as one of the best and most intriguing in the industry.

The Brand’s History

While the brand now has a global following, its roots can be traced back to Sam Edelman’s father’s leather tanning business in the 60s and 70s. Sam Edelman began buying and selling horses, but a girlfriend’s concept for equestrian-themed footwear spurred Edelman to team up with his father to develop handcrafted leather horseshoes, which quickly became Ralph Lauren’s first shoe license.

Edelman’s love for shoe design intensified as the family business decreased. After a brief stint at Candie’s, Edelman was convinced to join Esprit to launch their first footwear collection. Despite the popularity of his Esprit footwear creations, when Edelman met his muse and future wife Libby, the two fell in love with the idea of starting their own shoe company.

Despite the personal and financial risks of such a venture, the couple threw themselves into it headfirst and were rewarded with success when their round-toe ballet flats revolutionized contemporary footwear around the world, combining a deep understanding of American aesthetics with contemporary European trends. The Sam & Libby Edelman brand name became instantly recognized worldwide for its unusual variety of affordable, luxury footwear, and the Sam & Libby Edelman brand name became responsible for three of the most renowned shoes of all time.

The Birth of Sam Edelman

Sam Edelman’s life was flipped upside down in 2001 while following another of his interests, horseback riding when a devastating fall left him disabled with a fractured leg. Edelman perused the newest fashion publications throughout his nine months in bed, seeing how the fashion industry was delivering consumers attractive, affordable clothing combined with costly footwear.

Nobody had yet created shoes that were on-trend, made of high-quality materials, and affordable, and this became Edelman’s next endeavor and drive. The Sam Edelman brand was founded in 2004, again with personal cash.

Ever since, the Sam Edelman brand has re-established itself as one of the most popular footwear brands in modern American and international, with booming flagship stores in prominent locations like New York City’s Soho retail district and Los Angeles’ North Beverly Drive. When Libby joined Sam on the design team in 2012, the royal couple of luxury footwear were reunited, and the women’s shoe collection has continued to flourish and be inventive with each passing season.

For example, Sam Edelman’s AW16 collection combines classic designs with modern embellishments to design shoes for modern ladies. The superior quality of the shoes’ manufacture, on the other hand, is arguably most astounding. The line, primarily made of supple suedes and fine grain leathers, showcases the exquisite attention to detail and craftsmanship that Sam Edelman remembers from his childhood working at his father’s leather tanning shop.

Here are some of Sam Edelman’s best-selling shoes to see more of his outstanding shoe design, complete with product specifications.

Genia Lug Sole Chelsea Boot

Chelsea boots with charisma. Put on Genia and take up the autumn season in style.

  • Boot Shaft: 7.7″
  • Calf Circumference: 9.8″
  • Closure: Slip-On
  • Heel Height: 2″
  • Insole: Synthetic
  • Material: Leather
  • Toe: Round Toe
  • Water-repellent

Ethyl Lace-Up Sneaker

The perfect sneaker has arrived. Perfect for dressing up or down, this footwear is simple enough to go with anything in your wardrobe.

  • Insole: Synthetic
  • Material: Leather
  • Platform Height: 1″
  • Toe: Round

Garret Combat Platform Boot

a pair of combat boots

The Garret Combat Boot takes influence from the military and combines it with tons of style to provide strength and support. Wear them on nature walks or urban streets as the sun sets for lengthy walks in distressed or soft tumbled leather.

  • Boot Shaft: 5.5″
  • Calf Circumference: 9.4″
  • Closure: Lace-up
  • Heel Height: 2.28″
  • Material: Leather
  • Toe: Round
  • Waterproof
Where to Buy
Sam Edelman Women's Garret Combat Boot
Sam Edelman Women's Michaela Mary Jane Flat

Lydell Combat Boot

Secure some Lydell boots on your feet. These boots are unmatched in providing comfort and support thanks to their sock-like upper and robust leather construction.

  • Boot Shaft: 7″
  • Calf Circumference: 9.4″
  • Closure: Lace-up
  • Heel Height: 1.5″
  • Insole: Synthetic
  • Material: Leather
  • Toe: Almond
  • Water-repellent

Michaela Mary Jane Flat

a pair of flats

Step into the Michaela for a timeless look, which never goes out of style. A timeless piece that you can wear with any outfit.

  • Closure: Slip-On
  • Insole: Padded Leather
  • Materials: Velvet
  • Toe: Rounded-Toe

Jildie Mary Jane Sling Back Heel


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Jildie, the shoes that demand attention while remaining stylish, will add vintage elegance to your attire. These heels will make any outfit pop with their massive buckles and dainty ankle straps!

  • Closure: Ankle strap
  • Heel Height: 4″
  • Material: Patent Leather
  • Toe: Square

Codie Ankle Bootie

The squared-toe Codie Ankle Bootie will give your outfit a unique touch.

  • Boot Shaft: 5.2″
  • Calf Circumference: 10.2″
  • Closure: Zipper
  • Heel Height: 3.5″
  • Insole: Synthetic
  • Material: Black, Caramel Multi, Modern Ivory, and  Wheat Multi are Synthetic, all other colors are Leather
  • Toe: Square

Loraine Bit Loafer


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The Loraine Loafer is completely classy while yet being a little bit eccentric. This menswear-inspired flat is dressed up with a slim sole and gold hardware. Straight-leg pants and a cashmere turtleneck go great together with these shoes!

  • Closure: Slip-On
  • Heel Height: .5″
  • Insole: Padded Leather Insole
  • Material: Leather, Velvet, or Fabric
  • Special Details: Bit Detail
  • Toe: Almond Toe

Hazel Pointed Toe Heel

The Hazel is a timeless pump with a modern twist, whether you’re searching for a playfully patterned heel, a metallic stiletto, or a simple black pointed toe heel. The timeless design is modified with a tall stiletto heel and a low-cut vamp for an instantaneous leg-lengthening effect. With the brand’s new fit technology, padded socks are included for increased comfort without sacrificing elegance.

  • Closure: Slip-On
  • Heel Height: 3.75″
  • Insole: Synthetic
  • Material: Brahma Hair, Fabric, Leather, Linen, Liquid Metallic, Patent, or Suede
  • Special Details: Fit Technology, Padded Sock
  • Toe: Pointed Toe

Sam Edelman Stores

Try on Sam Edelman footwear yourself when you come to their flagship stores in SoHo and World Trade Center in New York City and Beverly Hills in Los Angeles. If you’re located in California, you can visit South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa and Valley Fair in Santa Clara. They also have stores in The Prudential Center in Boston, Massachusetts, Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey, and Houston Galleria in Houston, Texas.

For international customers, Sam Edelman has stores in L+Mall and Grand Gateway in Shanghai, China.

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