The Anbessa Shoe Share Company was established in 1935 and is the oldest shoe manufacturing businesses in Ethiopia providing a wide selection of shoes made from pure leather. Having started by providing shoes to local customers, Anbessa now has an international market base with globally renowned brands; the factory exports its products to different countries in Asia, Europe, US and Africa. Over the years, Anbessa has undergone different ownership resulting in the globally known private company that it is today which produces around 10,000 shoes per day!

Anbessa was first founded by an Italian owner in 1935 and was sold to Mr Mardious Drakjan, an Armenina tannery owner, in 1942. The company was named Darmar Shoe Factory for 33 years. Mainly Italians consisting of 85% of the company’s staff operated it as a tannery and shoe factory.

In 1975, Darmar was fully nationalized and organized under government supervision as two public enterprises: Anbessa shoe factory and Awash Tannery. In 1993, Anbessa Shoe Factory was reorganized as an autonomous public enterprise under an appointed board.

In 2011, Anbessa Shoe SC was privatized by its current owner and has undergone many changes to further its growth. Anbessa has launched new lines of high quality footwear, bags, cases and belts. Anbessa Shoe’s new factory located in the Akaki Industrial Zone.

The factory exports its products to different countries in Asia, Europe, US and Africa. According to Lemlem Kifle, market development department manager with Anbesssa Shoe SC, currently 1.5 million pairs is the annual production capacity of the factory together with its long existing plant established in 1935. Currently, the business has created 1500 jobs and it also operates 37 outlets selling their products across Addis Ababa and regional towns.

Anbessa Shoe SC has also been listed as one of the 25 Africa’s most admired brands of 2018