Our Process

Our handmade shoes provide you with the true value of comfort and quality.

“My goal is to make comfortable, versatile, great looking, and affordable shoes. There are so many women who want to look fabulous, but have constant issues with their feet. I want to remedy that. Shoes do not have to look bad to feel good! Thank you so much for all of your good wishes, warm stories, happy feet, and endless support.” 


In Mexico in the summer of 1996, Neely met Santiago, a cobbler, and his family, Martha, & Paulina, whose simple sandals were a wardrobe staple among the villagers and visitors alike. Created for women of all ages, the hand-sewn shoes are both easy-to-wear and stylish.

The sturdy comfortable construction is courtesy of the 70 cobblers and artisans who hand-sew the shoes in a Mexican town where the similarities between their home and Charleston are evident – both are quaint, yet cosmopolitan and have plenty of cobblestone streets. 

Many thoughtful modifications to the original designs resulted in the line worn by women stateside who appreciate the treaded soles, elastic straps, wash-ability and over 100 bold colors and patterns – all signatures of the brand. From cobblestones to cocktails, everyday to evening, the shoes can be worn in comfort all day and throughout the night. The Charleston Shoe Co. brand is clearly defined by its pared down, comfortable and chic aesthetic. Founder Neely Woodson Powell’s personal style is a direct parallel – she is always fashionable yet relaxed; eclectic with a dash of whimsy.