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Shoemaking – NYT

Images courtesy of New York Times.

Today’s article in the New York Times Style section rediscovers the dwindling art of shoemaking by hand.  The NYT editor visits the Allen Edmonds factory where he talks shop with veteran shoemakers including Mr. Merrill who has 400 pairs of shoes pass through his hands daily in a process that involves 220 steps – from cutting leather to finishing laces.  With heritage brands experiencing a bit of a renaissance, it’s no surprise to see companies like Alden celebrated by both independent boutiques as well as big name retailers like J.Crew for doing what they do best — making quality, handcrafted shoes that will last a lifetime.  What does surprise us is the uptick in sales at handsome high-end boutique Leffot (see Stylesight’s Hot Shop profile) where handmade shoes sell in upwards of $600 – which proves men are willing to invest even during turbulent economic times.

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