Shoe Business Name Generator
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How to name your shoe business
Hey, I’m Ashley (Branding Expert) and I’m going to guide you through our four detailed steps to name your shoe business. Below you’ll find twenty example names I created in this process and next, I’ll show you how you can create your own. To get started, try our shoe business name generator above and then scroll below to find the first step in the naming process.
- Retro Boots
- Move Forward
- Baby Step
- Foot Fetish
- Heritage Shoes
- Dream in Heels
- Retro Boots
- Planet Wear
- Flip Flop Corner
- Sneakerz Freaks
- Heels Heaven
- Comfy Walk
- Urban Design
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#1) Brainstorm your name ideas
Start by brainstorming what words could fit into your business name. In my name ideas, I used words like “Move”, “Step”, “Wear” and “Urban”, you can see that while these words can be related to shoes/footwear, they also suggest that you can expect a specialized, comfortable and durable footwear from this business or brand. Your goal here is to create a list of words or names that come to mind when thinking about your business.
If you’re stuck on words to use, try our business name generator.
Here are my name ideas after brainstorming:
#2) Shortlist your ideas
Once you’ve developed a list of possible names, do an analysis of your ideas. Remove any names that could be hard to remember, spell or speak aloud. Keep names that are brandable, sound great, are memorable and communicate your brand values, product or service to your target audience.
Here’s a quick checklist you can run your ideas through to help shorten your list of name:
- Is the name simple and easy to remember?
- Is the name easy to read and say aloud?
- Is the name different from competitors?
- Does the name convey a relevant meaning?
- Does the name avoid overused words or cliches?
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#3) Get some feedback
You’ll now have a list of 3-6 great shoe business names and you can start to ask potential customers or people working in the industry for feedback (your target audience). Avoid feedback from family and friends since they are more likely to praise all your ideas and they aren’t your customer.
Be sure to ask questions like:
- What first comes to mind when you first hear the name?
- How would you spell it?
With you’re customer feedback you can now ask yourself is the name still relevant? and did it represent your business how you intended?
My customer feedback:
This name conveys a premium product that is specially made for athletes.
This name conveys a high-quality product that focuses on baby footwear.
This name conveys a product that is durable and fashionable.
This name conveys a high-quality product focused on women’s fashion.
#4) Check It’s available
At this point, it’s good to have at least three great shoe business names on your list, in case your any of your names are already taken. You can do a quick Business Name Search online to find out if you’re name is available within your country/state, also be sure to search if the name is also available for Trademark and Domain name Registration.
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Competitor Name Analysis
To help you brainstorm potential business names, let’s take a look at three successful shoe businesses and break down why and how they’ve chosen to name their business and why it works for them.
Company sales manager Jim Muir took a trip to Tennessee, during which he had hush puppies – little balls of fried dough. He asked about the name and was told that the fried dough silenced the barking dog. He liked the concept and this is how Hush Puppies was born.
Here is the story of a shoe brand that hasn’t come up with a particularly creative name but that has become a staple in the world of fashionable footwear. The company is named after designer Christian Louboutin.
The company was originally known as Converse Rubber Shoe Company. Initially, only rubber galoshes were made. With time, the company began making the sneakers we all recognise today and the name was simplified to Converse.
1. Do a Competitor Analysis
Doing a competitor analysis as your first step will save you a lot of time in the future, knowing what names to avoid and understanding why and how your competitors business name words for them will help you in forming your own business names. When analyzing competitors think about:
- What business or product values are they conveying in their business name? How does that work for them?
- Is there a trend in how these businesses are naming themselves? It’s best to avoid sounding like “just another one of those businesses”.
- Who does it best? Why does it work and how can I produce a better name?
2. Focus on Naming your Business not Describing it.
A typical pitfall most businesses run into is describing their business name too literally, using overused shoe terms like premium, comfortable or durable. A more effective business name should convey to customers your businesses and product values at a deeper level. Try name your business in a way that has a story behind it.
Let’s take for example a real shoe business named “Ugg”.
Coming from Australia, the unisex Ugg Boots have a name that stems from a generic term used in the country. Ugg means a sheepskin boot. At a deeper level though, this is a great name that translates the history and values of the product/business: they’re local and have been manufacturing boots using specific materials for a long period.
3. How to make a more memorable name
Creating a memorable business name is the first step in getting into a customers mind and is also a task that’s easier said than done. Your business name should aim to stop a customer in their tracks and give an extra thought on your product among your wave of competitors. Some tips to create a memorable name would be:
- Use rhythmic pronunciation or alliteration (Foot Fetish, Foot Forward)
- Try using a word that wouldn’t be relevant when out of context (Baby Step – Baby represents a newborn which communicates a business specializes in manufacturing footwear for babies.)
- Keep it short and simple.
4. Try purchasing a Brandable business name
Brandable business names are names that are non-sensical but read and are pronounced well. They often use letter patterns of Vowel/Consonant/Vowel as these word structures are typically short, catchy and easy to say and remember. For example, some brandable shoe business names could be:
- Tuvane Shoes
- Abolis Boots
- Navarilo Footwear
You can find a full list of Brandable business names at Domainify.com
5. Avoid combining words just to create a unique name.
Another mistake business owners typically make is creating bad word combinations when they find out that their business name idea is already taken. For example, John names his business Comfy Walk and finds out it’s already taken. Because he’s already decided this is what he’ll name his business he tries to opt for similar sounding names like Comfalk, Commfy Walk or ComWalk.
You can see how these ideas are a step backward as they are not catchy, easily pronounceable or memorable. In these situations, we suggest starting from scratch and trying the tips we mentioned previously.
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Words Shoe often describes
You can use these words to create Shoe business names like ‘SneakerLane’ and ‘String and Polish Shoe Shop’.
How Shoe is often described
Example Shoe company names using these related descriptive words ‘The Little Red Shoe Shop’ and ‘Heels of Steel’.
You can use a verb in your Shoe business name to create business names like ‘Shoe Drops‘ or ‘Lace em’ Up Shoes‘.
We’ve taken words from above and from our generator results and combined the words to create new Shoe Business names.
Shoe in Foreign Languages
Consider using foreign words in your business name to give the impression of an international or exotic brand.