The adventure shoe brand celebrates half a decade of giving back - SNEWS

The adventure shoe brand celebrates half a decade of giving back


Austin, TX - October 18, 2017


Five years ago, BANGS Shoes was just an idea in founder’s Hannah Davis’ head and a pair of sneakers she’d found on the streets of China. Today, the adventure shoe brand has surpassed $2mil in sales, helped fund loans to 800 entrepreneurs in 64 countries, and grown from one style to five. Seems like a reason to celebrate!

And celebrate they will. From photo contests, to giveaways, to reflections of what the brand has achieved over the last half-a-decade, BANGS is giving back to its fans while simultaneously raising awareness for their nonprofit partner - KIVA. KIVA provides recyclable loans to small businesses and entrepreneurs worldwide: loans that change lives.

“It's unreal to think we’re celebrating our fifth birthday!” Founder, Hannah Davis, said of the milestone. “This #BANGSturns5 celebration has forced me to stop and look at the past, something I think a lot of brands fail to do because we're hyperfocused on future growth and development. BANGS still has a lot of work to do, but I cannot believe we're able to pass this five year milestone.”

Focusing on adventure and a lust for outdoor exploration, BANGS has evolved their designs dramatically since the first pair in 2012. Aside from adding colorways, styles and embroidery, they’ve also worked closely with customer feedback, changing dimensions, materials and aesthetics.

“The most important evolution has been the comfort and durability of our shoes,” said Davis. “I started this company with a political science degree and a minor in Mandarin - so I didn’t really understand the importance of a product. It wasn't until about 2 years into BANGS Shoes that I realized shoes are a work of art and footwear design proportions impact how feet are perceived. Women, for the most part, want their feet to look small, but our shoes are unisex so we had to find a proportion that both men and women liked.”

Their product development proved a success, growing the online-only company into a well-known brand on college campuses with over 3,000 ambassadors nationwide. These ambassadors are tasked with spreading the #liveBANGS message - one of positivity, community and adventure. Although BANGS’ foot is now in the door (no pun intended :-)), Davis has even more in the pipeline for the future.

“My hope is for us to continue offering high-quality, everyday, adventure footwear, growing our incredible community, and continue using our experiences to uplift our communities,” she reflects. “And a personal goal I have for myself... Never quit learning.”

BANGS Shoes are sold online at For more information, check or watch Davis’ TEDX Talk:



BANGS Shoes is an adventure inspired footwear company created to make the world a better place. With a social mission that invests in entrepreneurs around the world and a brand Ambassador Program focused on encouragement and connection, BANGS Shoes donates 20% of all net proceeds to their non-profit partner KIVA – loans that change lives. To date, BANGS has helped invest in 600 entrepreneurs in 63 countries, including the USA. Join the conversation @BANGSShoes or #LiveBANGS

Media Contact

Natalie DeRatt / Carmen & Grace Communications / (828) 280-1910 /



Adventure-inspired Shoe and Yoga Brands Pose Together for Common Thread Collaboration

🙏 Adventures right from your yoga mat 🙏 Austin, TX - August 30,2017 Connecting with their spiritual side, BANGS Shoes - the adventure-inspired shoe company that gives back - is getting their Namaste on with an exciting new collaboration with The Southern Yogi. The collab - more


From Mountains to sneakers, BANGS’ nods to nature with their Great Smoky HT

BANGS switches from canvas to jersey knit for adventure-ready kicks Austin, TX - August 2, 2017 Adventure inspired footwear company - BANGS Shoes - honors one of their favorite outdoor playgrounds with the new Great Smoky HT, introduced for the start of August. The high top more

American Backcountry Trails At 50 Shirt

American Backcountry Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System

Asheville, NC (May 29, 2018) - 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act and what better way to celebrate than with a Limited Edition Hiker Tee that gives back to these wild paths we love to adventure on. American Backcountry - the North Carolina T-shirt more

image0 (4)

Watershed Drybags Celebrates 25 Years Keeping Gear 100% Dry

Asheville, NC (Sept 1, 2020) - Eric Revels - founder of Watershed Drybags - fell in love with whitewater during his childhood time at Camp Mondamin in Tuxedo, NC. It was there, soaking up the magic of the Chattooga River, he was guided to follow his passion - not a paycheck - and more

3748CHA Outdoor Mag Ad FNL-LO

ENO Hosts Chaco for the Penultimate Stop of Chaco’s Fit for Adventure Tour

Two brands known for their synergy join forces to host an evening of hammock and sandal fun Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO), the industry leading parachute hammock company, and Chaco, the market leader in performance sandals, continue to evolve their brand friendship by partying more

Boatgirl - 613

North Carolina Sisters Launch New Lifestyle Brand, Boatgirl

Blowing Rock, NC, (January 23, 2019) — Sisters Leslie and Paige Temple never thought they would become entrepreneurs until they happened upon the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Spending more and more time on the beautiful sandy beaches and on the water, they became increasingly more

Recover Brand Launches Made in the Carolinas Line

Charlotte, NC - November 22, 2017  Inspired by the rich textile heritage of North Carolina, Recover Brands - the sustainable apparel manufacturer based in Charlotte, NC - has launched their Made-In-The-Carolinas line of clothing and accessories. The collection, that features more

Bellyak Opens Brand Ambassador Competition Doors!

Asheville, NC (March, 21 2019) - Fresh from Western North Carolina’s river banks, Bellyak - the innovative prone paddlesport creator - has launched their very first brand ambassador competition with the hope to expand their core team. Looking for every kind of athlete across the more


Eagles Nest Outfitters Wins The Conservation Alliance’s Outstanding Partnership Award for 2014

Honored in addition to Black Diamond Equipment and The Forest Group, ENO selected for work with southern conservation group, Wild South Asheville, NC –The Conservation Alliance announced Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) has been selected alongside Black Diamond Equipment and The more