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Classic Styling and our Chinese Style

One of our most versatile styles for women, the Chinese is based on a Chinese dance slipper.  Featuring a rounded toe, adjustable strap, and minimal stitching, this shoe is as stylish as it is comfortable.  When I'm heading out the door and want to look a little bit more put together, I slip these on knowing that I can do anything and go anywhere without giving my feet a second thought. 

These...

Meet the Neighbors: Abiding Branches

At the Aurora Shoe Company, we passionately support small business and handmade and local goods. As a visitor of our blog, we thought that you might feel the same way. In our Meet the Neighbors series we're featuring businesses and people who reflect our own values and whom we feel lucky to call neighbors and friends.

Visiting the shop of local artisan and furniture maker, Anto Parseghianwas a...

Around the Shop, Lately

Our shop has been closed for the past couple of months while we've worked on expanding.  We're insulating and increasing our production space, and while our doors are closed, we're still here working away, making shoes and fulfilling our online orders.  Here are some shots from around the shop - great lighting thanks to our new sky lights!


Vibram Sole, Horween Leather, Made in USA

Made in USA

Made in USA Leather Shoes

Made in USA


Made in USA

Leather Shoes Made in USA



Leather Shoes, Made in USA



Meet the Neighbors: Craftstitute

At the Aurora Shoe Company, we passionately support small business and handmade and local goods. As a visitor of our blog, we thought that you might feel the same way. In our Meet the Neighbors series we're featuring businesses and people who reflect our own values and whom we feel lucky to call neighbors and friends.

I walked into Craftstitutein Ithaca knowing that I'd like it. The craft...

Local Author Visit

It was a real pleasure to get together with local author, and fellow maker, Maya Pagan Donenfeld.  We gave Maya a shop tour, and talked about her new book, which offers up some really inspirational advice for creating a new self identity after crisis, trauma, or loss.  It's called Hope Make Heal; 20 Crafts to Mend the Heart and would make a wonderful gift for a friend or for one's self. Maya's...

Lake Views

We're surrounded by beauty here in Aurora.  I think we all spend as much time as possible on or near the lake all summer, but mild winter days can be pretty great, too.  The geese were making lots of noise and the waves were calmly rolling in while we took a few photos this morning. 


handmade leather shoes




handmade leather shoes




Hot coffee was a nice treat after an hour spent in the cold. Our Auroras have stayed pretty local this year. Where...

Gift Cards



Aurora Shoe Gift Card

Are you stressing about last minute Christmas gifts, or just looking for something to give someone special?  We've got you covered!  Our gift cards come to you as a coupon code and are perfect for giving.  You are able to customize the amount and your gift is sure to fit and flatter.  



Classic Black

Our shoes may have an organic look and feel, but they can easily dress up and look sharp.  Here are our Middle English and New Mexican looking ready for just about anything.





Brown or Olive?


It can be hard to tell the difference between our brown and olive leather online.  To be honest, in certain lighting it can be hard to tell in person, too.  Where brown is a warm color, olive is cool.  It's the color of tree bark, and wet driftwood, very natural.  These photos feature our Middle English in Oliveand they're the perfect neutral color for someone with an olive skin tone. My friend,

Handmade Shoes for (big) Kids

The other day my oldest son and I stopped in to see Uncle Dave at the shop.  He took a short break to chat with us and then one thing led to another, and we walked out the door with the smallest pair of Aurora Shoes I've ever seen (Women's 5 C) walking under the happiest face I'd seen that day. 

And what did my little (big) boy do when I asked him to model these pristine shoes? He did what little...

Summer Has Arrived in Aurora

I don't know if there's anything more relaxing than a summer night on the lake with a small camp fire and a couple of acoustic instruments making soft music in perfect harmony. Photo shoots are always fun, but this one was a real treat. Jordan and Stephanie brought their guitar and mandolin along and the young (and recently married!) couple made sweet music while I snapped away. Here are a few...

Meet the Neighbors: Woolen Moss

At the Aurora Shoe Company, we passionately support small business and handmade and local goods. As a visitor of our blog, we thought that you might feel the same way. In our Meet the Neighbors series we're featuring businesses and people who reflect our own values and whom we feel lucky to call neighbors and friends.
 
It was a real treat to meet with Kate Lamarre, owner of Woolen MossKate...

Ithaca Farmers Market

One Mother's Day weekend, three old friends, two outfit changes, a bunch of laughs, and plenty of sunshine combined to make a nice little time at the Ithaca Farmers Market.  

Where are your Auroras taking YOU?





Ithaca Farmers Market












Spring in Aurora with Jane Morgan's Little House

Spring has arrived in Aurora!  After one of the longest and coldest winters on record, we are finally able to shed the snow boots, leave our winter coats on their hooks, and step outside into some sunshine.  Our friends and Jane Morgan's Little House graciously lent us some new spring outfits for a long-awaited spring photo shoot.  Below are our West Indian in olive, and our Chinesein navy and...

Fashion Revolution

Yesterday was Fashion Revolution Day, and though we didn't know it at the time, people all over the world were posting pictures of their clothing, tagging their makers, and asking "where was this made?".  We didn't get called out, but we'd love to show you anyway.  This shop, this small structure, in this little town, surrounded by farms, corn fields and a few grape vines, this is whereyour shoes...

Birds of a Feather: Nukumori Designs

It's the end of March.  Spring has officially begun, but here in upstate New York, I think we all feel like we're stuck in a never-ending winter.  Boston may have gotten more snow, but we have had a very long, very cold, and very home-bound winter.

So.

When these super cozy baby-wearing coats from Nukumori Designscame in the mail, and we had a sunny day to work with, we got over the idea of waiting...

The Economics of Quality



We say it all the time because it's true - there really is no economic substitute for quality. Products that are made well have a lower cost-per-use, and a much higher true value than those made poorly. They may cost more upfront, but their value goes on and on. This is why we're committed to simple, classic styles. They'll continue to look good for as long as they last because they're not trying...

Winter Sun

Living in upstate New York requires an open mind and lots of layers.  Summers are hot and muggy, thanks to the beautiful lakes that surround us on all sides, and it's common to see snow on Halloween and then rain on Christmas.  We thaw out around March, but April can sometimes bring a snow that covers everything but the pretty little daffodils.  You just never know...

A few weeks ago, after plenty...

Merry Christmas! and Holiday Hours






If you've ever wondered who's making or re-soling your shoes, this is it.  We're a team of eleven artisans, working together to make leather shoes in small batches with great care.  It truly is an art form and a tradition that we are proud to be a part of.  

In this week leading up to the Christmas holiday, our factory outlet will be open today along with next Monday and Tuesday, from 12-4:00 p.m....

On Location at Ledyard Farms

Today was the perfect day to get out into the snow and take a few photos.  Carrie and I met up at Ledyard Farms where we were able to meet Ledyard's Tiger Lily, a 4-year-old Morgan show horse. The farm is one of our favorite spots for picking up local eggs, lamb and beef.  It also happens to be really pretty in the snow...

Morgan Show Horse Ledyard Farms

Morgan Show Horse Ledyard's Tiger Lily







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