About Us


It was in 2008 while in graduate school at New York University that Nina Payne founder Gabriella Hiatt was flipping through a 1920s dance magazine when she came across the image of a little known vaudeville dancer named Nina Payne. Her image was so arresting and dynamic that she wanted to use her as muse for a collection of dance inspired shoes she had long dreamed of designing.

 With a background as a professional dancer, Gabriella has always paid attention to the health of her feet and their ability to move far and wide. But fashionable footwear that could also stand up to city wear and tear was hard to come by, so her mission was born.

Nina Payne Footwear is a Brooklyn-based footwear brand that caters to urban women on the move. Using eco-friendly vegetable dyed leather and durable solid wood heels, Nina Payne prides itself on supreme craftsmanship applied to contemporary styles that are fetching without being flashy. Nina Payne’s signature dance shoe lasts facilitate movement and allow for a seamless combination of comfort and fashion for all-day use.