Obsession for clean design meets passion for perfect details. And Gladz was born. Inspired by the historical evolution of the feminist movement, the shoe brand meets the need for affirmation, sophistication and distinctiveness of contemporary women.

Positioning itself as an intelligent alternative, Gladz oozes the energy of a luxury design brand. Its focus is combining luxurious materials and unexpected textures, their shoes are timeless and feminine and stand out for their flawless quality and eclectic elegance.

Production takes place in Vila de Cucujães, in the north of Portugal, where Gladz artfully marries the zing of a curious creative team and the artisans tradition of master shoemakers. Modern design joins forces with know-how, the DNA of our industry. The result is excellence.


“‘One is not born, rather becomes a woman’”, wrote Simone de Beauvoir in the feminist literature classic ‘Le Deuxième sexe’ (The second Sex), a book that redefined women’s social role and that, 60 years after it was written, remains inspirational and current.

By acknowledging sexism as intellectual weakness, Simone de Beauvoir believed that behaviour should be based on freedom of choice and diversity of ideas and actions. Therefore, and in defiance of the norm and of social conventions, she chose to live as a free woman and to chart her own course.

She devoted herself to love, to thought and to the discovery of the world through experience. Passion and ambition were transversal to her, but she held on to the dreamy, sensitive and romantic part of her. Just like Simone de Beauvoir, the Gladz woman is a feminist, feminine and free.

Tapping into her affirmative independent spirit, she goes for shoes that enable and flatter her. She will wear her stilettos with the same determination with which she will tread the city in her sneakers. And though not aiming at drawing attention upon her, she still catches everyone’s eyes with her innate sophistication.