We make premium shoes, handcrafted locally that give back locally, to fuel our mission.
For every pair of shoes we sell, we give $10 back to a local community effort to support the Arts, Education and Ending Homelessness as directed by YOU at the point of purchase.
Retail / Showroom Hours
Our Space is Your Space
Our space at 584 Mateo Street serves as COMUNITYmade headquarters, as well as our showroom and event space complete with a cobbling station and front lounge area. Our space is designed as a spot for you to hang out, meet new friends and talk about ways to get involved in our community. Our “front living room” is the showcase for our Handcrafted in DTLA shoes that you can try on and purchase on site. It is also a place to come and sip your coffee, cozy up, recharge and network. A big shout out to Pepper and Salt Design for their amazing talent and vision that brought our dream to life.
We host events to benefit our COMUNITYmade partners and connect people to make good things happen. Showcasing the arts, music, education, and community involvement, these happenings are always a great time.
We want to share our space with all of you and do offer it up for rent for others to enjoy. Hosting a special event and looking for the perfect place to bring YOUR community together? Look no further - we have several packages to offer that can be tailored just for you. Just e-mail us: EVENTS@comunitymade.com and ask for more details.
WE BELIEVE IN SUPPORTING THE LOCAL ECONOMY AND BRINGING BACK THE LOST ART OF QUALITY MANUFACTURING TO THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES.
Our shoes are made right here in Los Angeles by highly skilled craftspeople who have perfected the art of shoemaking. By producing locally, we have the opportunity to help support commerce in our community, allowing our workers to build build a sense of ownership and pride.
We are committed to making the most sustainable and responsible decisions in developing and manufacturing our products and our goal is to utilize the local materials and construction methods available to us. We are also driven by our consciences, many of our materials may come from overseas, not because it’s less expensive but because the best shoemaking materials are very hard to come by in the USA.
We believe it is important to be transparent during this journey and want you to understand some of the challenges we are up against by manufacturing in Los Angeles. We believe in fair business practices and fair wages for everyone involved. Our pricing model is different. We've placed community before cost. Unlike most shoes, the majority of the cost to produce our shoes is in the labor to handcraft them and each pair is special.
We are family, literally - as in married. We come equipped with decades of footwear industry and marketing experience at larger companies like Nike, ASICS, Vans and TOMS plus a few scrappy startups. These various paths have brought us to a shared vision and a belief that we can make a difference in the world, no matter if it is on a small or large scale. Together we are the “UMAMI” of the business world.
Our shared philosophy on life allowed us to flip the business model around and focus on the community rather than just profits, using our shoes as the vehicle to help connect and inspire others to take action. We look forward to meeting the challenges of building a business together, and will always make time to laugh while dodging, ducking and diving our way through the obstacles that undoubtedly lie ahead.
"NEVER DOUBT THAT A SMALL GROUP OF THOUGHTFUL, COMMITTED CITIZENS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD."
- Margaret Meade
Sean's extensive footwear industry career at industry giants Nike, ASICS, Vans, and most recently TOMS has enabled him to identify future opportunities to improve on many areas of the business including local manufacturing, trend spotting, community building, and the ever changing retail landscape. As the CEO, Sean's goal is to further the vision of COMUNITYmade, and to inspire those around him to be fulfilled and passionate in their work.
When not instigating change for the better, Sean is a known provocateur of lively and irrelevant conversations. An ardent connoisseur of music, movies, and meaningless information, Sean spends his free time promoting his latest finds while cycling the Southern California coast in his matching lycra kit.
Shannon's marathon of a career at ASICS enabled her to experience all facets of the business and how to grow an internationally respected brand successfully. Her passion for building community and inspiring others to thrive are her key duties as COMUNITYmade's President.
Always striving for perfect harmony in life - whether it be on a yoga mat, the slopes or the sand, Shannon holds an optimistic ‘glass half-full view’ of the world and considers the "Karma Fairy" a personal friend. She's also committed to being a catalyst of bringing thoughtful people together to change Los Angeles for the better, even if she needs to will it into existence herself.