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Designed + crafted in Chicago by an artist, an architect, and their robots.

Justin Walker and Annie Mohaupt thoughtfully craft footwear and accessories by combining traditional artisanal techniques with emerging technologies. We proudly produce our designs in the USA from sustainably-sourced materials.

Our philosophy

Mohop is the first company to digitally fabricate mass-customizable footwear and accessories on demand - essentially, we use robots to make stuff. We use emerging digital scanning and 3D manufacturing processes to create custom-fit products that express your personal style. We are passionate about comfortable shoes that both fit your style and fit your foot, women in STEM, and conscientious relationships with people, animals and the environment.

About our shoes

We are all about COMFORT! Each style is carefully tested for durability and walkability - we know our customers are busy being awesome and making the world a better place - and you want to look good, but more importantly, *feel* good as you do your thing. So our shoes are made for YOU,  with ergonomically-shaped footbeds featuring arch support and a nicely cupped heel. Most of our styles feature a full 1/4" of heaven padding and ultra-soft nylon lining throughout.  Our faux leather is produced in USA using some seriously post-space-age technologies that are gentler on the environment and waaaaay gentler to animals and people in the leather industry (the leather industry is awful). 

Want to learn more about customizing your Mohops? Please visit our YouTube channel to see some of our growing library of styling videos. You can also click here to see additional illustrations for inspiration...

About our handbags

Each bag is laser printed and hand-riveted using our proprietary blend of incredibly durable, eco-friendly, sustainably sourced materials.   From our totes and crossbodies, wristlets and wallets, each handbag is architecturally structured and thoughtfully crafted using heavy-duty hardware and high-end vegan materials. 

About Mohop

Established in 2005 by architect Annie Mohaupt, Mohop specializes in customizable shoes, handbags and other good stuff. A socially-conscious company, Mohop ensures that all of our collections are produced with vegan, sustainably-sourced, recycled, and/or fair-trade materials.  Each of Mohop's products is responsibly made from scratch by Annie Mohaupt and Justin Walker in our Chicago workshop. Mohop shoes and accessories are available online and in select boutiques and have been featured on a huge variety of national and international media including the Discovery Channel, Science Channel, INSP, Vogue.com, Chicago Tribune, Lucky Magazine, The Martha Stewart Show, US Weekly, MTV, VH1, ARTE, NHK, Inc. Magazine, Entrpreneur.com and INSP Network. 

Are our customers happy with Mohop products?

YES!!! But don't take our word for it. Read some of the hundreds of reviews at our Etsy store.

Caring for your shoes

Your Mohop shoes are meant to be worn frequently and eventually they may get dirty or scratched. To clean, simply wipe them with cool water and a mild detergent. You can quickly bring out the shine in shoes featuring walnut or cherry wood heels by gently rubbing the wood with olive or coconut oil. Most ribbons can be machine or hand washed.

Our process

Mohop shoes are "forest to closet" - we make each pair from scratch using sustainable raw materials. We specialize in combining traditional shoemaking techniques with emerging 2D and 3D digital fabrication technologies.  Check out our Kickstarter and How it's Made videos below for a first hand look into the Mohop workshop.  

 

 

Our friends at Jhoole

Mohop has partnered with Jhoole, a non-profit social enterprise in India, to create our beautiful recycled saree ties. Each pair of saree ties is a one-of-a-kind, handmade by women who earn fair-trade wages so their children can attend school, with the goal of ending the cycle of poverty in their family and community.

Jhoole is currently building a beautiful, eco-friendly, energy-neutral training center in Maheshwar, India. Funds from the purchase of each saree tie goes to the outfitting of a computer lab, as well as the salary of a lab instructor, for this new training center. Visit Jhoole.org to learn more about how your purchase is an investment in the women and their communities of rural India. In the video below, Deepa Kewat, a Jhool supervisor, talks about her experiences with Jhoole and their new training and production center.