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Standard Handmade

The Custom Fit, It's simple and makes all the difference

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The Custom Fit, It's simple and makes all the difference

Probably the single greatest advantage to buying your very own pair of Standard Handmade shoes or boots is the fact that you get the option for a custom fit, at no extra charge. What is a custom fit? Think of it like getting your suit tailored when or after you buy it. The chest is tightened up, the pant tapered and hemmed, etc… Only in the case of shoes, they are tailored to fit your feet before they are made, so we have to get the measurements beforehand.  Unlike fabric, leather cannot be unstitched and re-stitched because once you take...

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Why using the word "Handmade" is NOT a marketing scheme, at least not for us:

Chad Kimball handmade not a marketing scheme

Why using the word "Handmade" is NOT a marketing scheme, at least not for us:

There are many new companies out there claiming “handmade (fill in the blank with whatever product),” as their largest marketing scheme. Using the term handmade, or, hand-crafted, works well these days in marketing. Why? Because, you (and me) like handmade goods. We appreciate goods that were made honestly, by a human, and with no affiliation to corporations. Many of us have had enough with bigger, faster, stronger… and cheaper. Many of us are tired of having so many valueless things that either we can’t get around to enjoy because there are too many other things we have that we haven’t...

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If I am Not a Cobbler, What am I?

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If I am Not a Cobbler, What am I?

Nearly every person I meet and converse with about what I do says, “Oh, you’re a cobbler!” In truth I am not a cobbler. I am a shoemaker, or, to use and older term, a cordwainer. So what’s the difference? It’s sort of like toads and frogs – all toads are frogs but not all frogs are toads (also, toad is kind of a weird word, if you say a few times. Toad. Toad… Toad…… Toad). In history, the term cobbler was reserved only for those who repaired shoes. I have a lot of respect for the craft of shoe...

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Shoe Ingredients – What are the materials that make up our footwear?

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Shoe Ingredients – What are the materials that make up our footwear?

  People who know food know that every dish, no matter how simple, starts with great ingredients. A tomato sauce made with straight–from-the-garden tomatoes will always taste better than one from unripe tomatoes. Always. I know this because I’m a long time gardener. In fact, for a period of three years I lived almost entirely from the bounty of my half-acre garden. I believe the same is true in footwear, it starts with quality ingredients. Unfortunately, like most fast-food chains, most mass-produced footwear is made with an emphasis on speed and efficiency in mind, not quality or longevity. And, like...

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8 Reasons to Choose Handmade Shoes Over Mass Produced Shoes

Chad Kimball

8 Reasons to Choose Handmade Shoes Over Mass Produced Shoes

Obviously I’m biased. No doubt. I love everything handmade, especially handmade shoes. In fact I avoid mass produced shoes unless I need them to perform a particular function, like keep my toes out of the hot beach sand, or to get traction on the football field. But why should you choose them over mass produced shoes? Below are the biggest reasons, for me. Supporting small business, supporting local We hear this all the time, “shop small business, shop local,” but why? Why is it important to a consumer? Well, economically it’s one of the best things you can do for...

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