Smartfish Footwear

Cincinnati, Ohio

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Alisha Budkie

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Alisha Budkie


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Last updated on April 22, 2013
Smartfish Footwear is a careful, honest operation in Cincinnati, Ohio.

It began in 2009, as owner/maker Alisha Budkie graduated from Industrial Design at the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program. While there she was fortunate to intern with two of the leading footwear companies in the world, falling for the functionality of footwear design, but not the labor practices or the material sourcing of the overseas factories. Two years of training with a local cobbler, only reinforced her love of making things by hand.

Smartfish Footwear is constructed using sustainable and local materials, while focusing on quality and craftsmanship. We spend a lot of time making sure the materials we use are properly sourced, and that our shoes are made to last.

Our workspace is at 1301 Main St. in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Find out more at And come visit us anytime!

We love what we do, and can’t wait to share it with you.

The story behind Smartfish:
It is rumored that a goldfish has a memory of only three seconds, making it hard for them to grasp cause and effect. We are aware of our surroundings and impact, and must be mindful of both.

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Returns and exchanges
Since our footwear is made-to-order, we are able to offer exchanges for a different size only. Footwear must be unworn, unused, and undamaged, and you must contact us within one week of receiving your package.
But a lot of time and care goes into every pair we make, so if you are unhappy with your order in any way please let us know and we’ll do everything we can to make it right.
Sales Tax:
If you are in Ohio, you will be charged the standard state 5.5% sales tax rate when you check out with Paypal.
All packages are shipped USPS Priority Mail and are insured. Shoes will be shipped to your paypal address, unless otherwise noted in the comment section of your order.
If you are in the Cincinnati area and would like to pick-up your pair at the shop, simply message us and we’ll create a special listing for you without shipping charges.
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Designs ©2009-2013 Alisha Budkie
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