We have already told you about the best fashion designers of the city and now it’s time to get to know the most popular shoe brands and shoe designers of Budapest. If you are looking for something unique don’t hesitate – visit one of the showrooms or brand stores and get yourself a nice pair of shoes. Classic designs, high-fashion footwear or extravagant shoes – no matter what you are looking for you are most likely to find a pair of shoes to match your taste.
Réka Vágó – The alpha and the omega of Hungarian shoes
Réka Vágó is probably the most popular and the most celebrated Hungarian shoe designer. She fell in love with shoes at a very early age and her experiences with ballroom dancing made her realize how important good quality is when it comes to footwear. She was educated at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest and after she graduated she applied to the London College of Fashion and Art. A few years later she returned to Budapest and she established her own brand, called rekavago, in 2005.
Her collections are all made from high-quality materials, leather in particular but sometimes she also uses different types of textiles and fabrics. Her designs are for women who would not like to give up comfort for the sake of sexiness, yet they would like to maintain a feminine image. Réka also makes handbags, accessories and pieces of jewellery and she collaborates with local fashion designers as well. Her designs can be seen on Hungarian celebrities but her collections are available for everyone – everyone who has the budget to afford designer labels. You can find the rekavago pieces in the studio of the designer in Szent István park.
Address: 1137 Budapest, Szent István park 2.
While Réka Vágó is specializing in women’s shoes Vass cipő offers tasteful and elegant footwear for the gentlemen. László Vass, who is running his salon on Haris köz, in the centre of the city, comes from a family where the skills and the knowledge of shoemaking was inherited form generation to generation. His collections include high-class, traditional designs but he also makes sort of new-wave, trendy footwearfor the modern gentlemen. All the shoes are handmade from the best leathers and materials.
Mr. Vass also designs bespoke shoes so special requests are welcome too. Hisfootwear designs are very popular amongst Hungarian businessmen, but his brand is well-known all around the world. Impeccable quality, sophisticated detailing and the absolute best quality is a must, when it comes to his shoes so if you are looking for the most stylish and luxurious shoes than you should visit the Vass shoe salon.
Address: 1052 Budapest, Haris köz 2.
“Minden időben, Tisza cipőben” – goes the old slogan that translates into something like “Tisza shoes, all the time”. The story of Tisza shoes goes back to the early 1930s - that was the time when Thomas Bata decided that he will establish his very own shoe factory. He found the ideal place for the factory in Martfű and very soon the manufacturing of the shoes began.
By the 1970s the Tisza shoes became the most popular footwear designs in Hungary and very soon they became an international success. The signature Tisza shoes were available all across Europe, but they also became popular in Kuwait and Liberia. Back in those years the factory was producing millions and millions of shoes for the growing international markets. Unfortunately the company went bankrupt a few decades later, but 2003 and a new company brought the iconic brand back to life. Ever since the Tisza shoes, bags and accessories have once again became really popular – it is one of the favourite Hungarian brands of the local youth. There are Tisza brand stores in the city centre of Budapest but the collections are also available in selected shops of the countryside.
Address: 1075 Budapest, Károly Boulvard 1.
Anna Zaboeva – A bit of Russia in Hungary
The story of Anna Zaboeva is quite adventurous. She hitchhiked her way from Russia to Hungary, and when she finally arrived she decided that she will make shoes and she will establish her own brand. That was the beginning of Pleasemachine peculiar footwear and the Siberia Shop.
The designs of Anna are always one-of-a-kind and extravagant. She’s not afraid to go to for the bright colours, bold designs, special fabrics and unique prints. However, she is very much in favour of comfortable shoes and she only designs footwear that she, herself would wear as well. The Siberia shop, where these shoes and sandals are available, is known for its friendly atmosphere and for its long opening hours. The stock and the offers change on a daily basis - there are always new shoes or new boots on the shelves. Anna also makes custom-made shoes so you can make your special requests.
Address: 1077 Budapest, Wesselényi Street 19.
Juhos cipő – A century of success
Juhos cipő was established more then a hundred years ago by Vitus Juhos. After the founder had passed away the enterprise was inherited from father to son for four generations. The professional secrets, the unique techniques and the knowledge was inherited as well, just like the phiosophy that lays behind the brand.
The Juhos shoes are all handmade – the shoemakers use the best materials and they use special shoehorns as well. That is why these Juhos shoes are really comfortable, stylish and trendy at the same time. They claim that their mission is not about gaining huge profits - they care about the people and they think that by choosing Juhos, the customers give them a chance to change small bits and pieces of their world.
Address: 1052 Budapest, Váci Street 10.