steve’s story


Steve Madden is easily America’s most successful shoe designer.

Considered the fashion footwear mogul of the 21st century, Steve Madden has been responsible for the design and marketing of the company's trendsetting shoes since he founded the brand over 2 decades ago.

how did it start


In 1990, with a mere $1,100 in his bank account, Madden started crafting shoe designs from his Queens-based factory and the Steve Madden brand was born. With sheer guts, years of experience in the footwear industry and unique creative designs, Steve Madden formed one of the most iconic fashion brands in America. He has an innate sense of what's hot, what's next and what's exciting.

His vision to give fashion forward men and women a unique way to express their individuality through style resulted in millions of customers worldwide and propelled his designs to the forefront of the fashion industry. Inspired by rock and roll, fused with a jolt of sex appeal and urban edge, Madden creates products that are innovative, sometimes wild and always spot-on-chic.


what makes the brand unique


Madden's vision is continuously evolving. Steve once said, "What inspires me is what I see people wearing on the streets of the world from New York to London and beyond. I get my ideas and inspiration from pounding the pavement all over the world.

steve madden today


Today, the Steve Madden brand represents a lifestyle. It is about embracing fashion while still maintaining that funky independence that first defined the brand 20 years ago. With his product offering now including other accessories such as watches, jewelry, handbags, belts, sunwear, cold weather, outerwear and hosiery, Steve Madden is always looking towards the future.