Steve Madden is easily America's most successful shoe designer. Considered the fashion footwear mogul of the 21st century, Madden has been responsible for the design and marketing of the company's trendsetting shoes for over two decades. His vision to give young, fashion forward men and women a unique way to express their individuality through style resulted in millions of customers worldwide.
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 his own successful enterprise.
Inspired by his favorite rock stars of the 70s, Madden’s now famous chunky platform shoes were one of the biggest success stories of the time and became a Madden hallmark. The fusion of style and music remains at Madden’s core – “music is the DNA of what I do”. Madden’s expertise in trend forecasting has propelled him to the top of his field. Relying on sheer instinct, he transformed a footwear relic into a footwear phenomenon when he introduced a new amped up platform shoe in the early 1990s.
Madden's footwear 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. Today, fashion is dictated by individual style. To me, the fashion of the future is anything that a young guy or girl feels good wearing as long as it's put together in the right way." Madden continues to create designs that are innovative, fun, sometimes wild and always spot-on-chic.
Today, the Steve Madden brand represents a lifestyle. It is about embracing fashion while still maintaining that funky independence that first defined the brand 23 years ago. The company has made significant and groundbreaking strides in expanded collections, categories, licensing agreements and acquisitions. The future holds more exciting opportunities on the horizon, including new brands and aggressive expansion in global markets.