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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...

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...

Meet Janet

It seems that each of us on staff are here primarily because we enjoy working with our hands. More specifically, we like the sense of accomplishment that comes from turning simple raw materials into objects of value. We all make shoes during the day, but many of us also have side projects and hobbies that continue to keep our hands busy after hours. Janet, who we have been getting to know for the...

Meet the Neighbors: Unite Two Design

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 visit the gallery and workshop belonging to Keith and...

Suggestions Welcomed


Dave is loving his new Adler.  It can handle several layers of leather and opens the door for all kinds of accessories.   Belts and wallets are some initial thoughts.  We'd love to know, what kinds of leather accessories would you like to see?


NorthernGRADE Photos

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Dave and Andrea have had a great weekend at NorthernGRADE, the 100% American Made pop-up market in Minneapolis.  Dave has been uploading photos to our Facebook page throughout the weekend.  It looks like an amazing venue and a really inspiring group of vendors.  Take a peek!


The Dos and Don'ts of Foot Tracings


If you know anything about our shoes, or about full grain leather for that matter, then you know that it's all about creating a custom fit.  We spring for the top grade leather because it performs like nothing else can.  When sized properly, our shoes mold to their wearers' feet like a glove and become incredibly comfortable.  It's all great, except...

We're basing all of our fit measurements on...

Birds of a Feather: Beam & Anchor

We find inspiration in other businesses and organizations who, like us, work to promote a love of good design and an appreciation for fine craftsmanship.  In this series, which we call Birds of a Feather, we'll share stories and ideas from around the world that reflect our own values.  We hope that you find them as inspiring and thought provoking as we do.

Beam & Anchoris a perfect example of...

Photography by Erin Little , Ginny Sheller , Katherine Huysman .

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