Classic Techniques, Progressive Design

Made to Order Boots and Shoes

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The Process

Hi, my name is Chad.

I am the owner, lead designer, and lead maker here at Standard Handmade. Handmade shoes are a different breed of shoes, and, admittedly not for everyone. Though I believe everyone would benefit from having them.

Handmade shoes are the symbol of a time when life was slower and more deliberate. When everything we did during our day had a concrete purpose and directly affected how we survived and thrived. A time when we kept the things we bought longer than a season, and which aged as wonderfully as we do.

They are also a symbol of honesty and integrity. Made right here in Houston, TX, our shoes are made one at a time in the same way they were made in the mid-1800s, patiently and carefully because when shoes were costing you 2 weeks’ pay, they had to be made well.  Not only did they have to survive wear – they had to thrive.

That’s what we do at Standard Handmade. We make boots and shoes you can thrive in.

These days, with all the noise of answering emails, returning calls, networking, changing diapers, working more hours trying to get ahead, and making sure our Facebook doesn’t offend anyone, handmade shoes are all the more important.

They can simplify an over cluttered closet, keep you from wondering which shoes you’ll wear, and will take good care of your feet the entire day. But perhaps even more importantly, they remind us that life is about appreciating the things we have. They remind us of the value of counting on honest hard work - something we all do daily.

Show me more about my new handmade shoes!

"10 months in my @standardhandmade Asher Boots. I wear them when I want to feel good about how I'm dressed. I've even worn them while riding the Harley. I've worn them while walking for hours. They look brand new and feel like a million bucks. Plus they were handmade for my feet by a good man. Check his stuff out."

Rick Frank (@dgtl_prophet) from Instagram

"The boots you made me are frequent in rotation, which is high praise as my collection is getting to look like the Texas Longhorns football team in the Spring, long before cutdowns. :)"

Todd Young via email

"These boots are amazing. I am so honored to wear them and own them. It inspires me that you are working so hard and putting your energy and time into something so meaningful. I can't thank you enough!!!!!"

Nolan Burke via text message

At Standard Handmade we honor art and craftsmanship, without which the world would be a dry and desolate place where there is no joy in making things, and no pleasure in having them either. 

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