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ANGULUS was founded in 1904 by Willy Madsen’s father, who owned a cobbler’s shop on Nørrebrogade in Copenhagen, Denmark. Willy disagreed with the pointed shoes that many children wore at that time.

Natural shoes for natural feet

He thought they were both unhealthy for growing feet and hindered natural movement. Willy gave up his job as a teacher to become a shoemaker, and in 1928, he astounded the Danish footwear industry with his new foot-formed shoes, developed in collaboration with doctors and physiotherapists.

The interest in Willy’s shoes grew and so did the great reputation. Before long, ANGULUS was the talk of the town, helped on by the fact that Willy had married Else Højgaard, one of the most popular ballerinas at The Royal Danish Ballet of the time. The couple even performed publicly, with Else wearing ANGULUS women’s shoes, which really paved the way for the brand, and soon ANGULUS was the largest shoe factory in Denmark.

Eventually, in 1949, Willy employed a leather buyer by the name of Roland Dawe. In the years that followed, he travelled all over Europe in search of quality leather. Roland had a keen eye for quality and also for the handsome foreign shoes he saw. In particular the Italian franchises were an inspiration in the development of the ANGULUS collections.

The Danish heritage

Today, ANGULUS shoes are designed in Copenhagen, Denmark by our talented designers.  Since March 2020, all ANGULUS shoes are handcrafted on our own factory in northern Portugal. 

Every season, they send high quality shoes out into the world and onto the shelves of the best shops. Here, the quality-conscious customer can venture out into the world in ANGULUS shoes, that are not only beautiful to look at but also offer unparalleled comfort whether walking or standing still.

This year it has been over 115 years since the founding of the company, and today ANGULUS is a proud family owned company, passed down from generation to generation. Today father and son, Christian and Sebastian Dawe, are working side by side developing the ANGULUS brand.


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