Smartfish Footwear

Cincinnati, Ohio

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Alisha Budkie

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Alisha Budkie


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Last updated on January 23, 2023

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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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