Aurora Shoes in Hong Kong

Hong Kong 
The Aurora Shoe:
On a dark, dark Hong Kong night, 
in the middle of a Black Rain, 
the 14 year old 'little black shoe' held up!

-Victoria de Leon 

Where have your Aurora Shoes taken YOU?

To Market, To Market

We're excited to share that the Aurora Shoe Company has been selected as a featured business at the Poppytalk Handmade Marketplace.  Check out our virtual table and all of the other handmade and vintage goodness that surrounds us.  Visit the Poppytalk blog later this month to read our post about the value of buying locally sourced and handmade products. 

What's Your Style?

image via lillyella

We've been poking around on the internet again and spotted this great blog dedicated to the unique and the handmade.  Nicole of Lillyella accepts regular style submissions for an ongoing blog segment she calls "Couture du Jour".  We were flattered to see our shoes highlighted in this submission by Sally from the popular Etsy shop,  Night Owl Craft Works. We love the outfit...

Where Have Your Aurora Shoes Taken You?

Costal Maine and Rhode Island
It was a great week-long vacation full of fresh seafood 
days spent at the beach 
and lots of fun with family and friends.  
So much fun that I didn't think to photograph my shoes until part way through the long ride home.  
Go figure...

Style Blog Spotting

via Mister Mort

A sweet customer stopped in and bought a few pairs of our Middle English shoes the other day - navy for herself, brown for her boyfriend, and another pair for Mister Mort, the San Francisco based style blogger.  He spotted our shoes on a furniture dealer at a Paris flea market last fall.  Check it out here.

Let's Talk About Leather

If you wear Aurora Shoes then you know that the secret to our shoes' comfort lies mostly in our high quality leather.  We don't mean to downplay the importance of good design and solid soles, but if the top leather wasn't thick and supple enough to stretch like it does, we'd be making an entirely different kind of shoe. 
A sampling of our gorgeous leather awaiting straps and buckles
As you probably...

A Very Special Pair of Shoes

Dave's daughter, Reagan celebrated her first birthday over the weekend.  Can you guess what her shoemaker daddy made to mark the occasion?

That's right, a tiny pair of leather shoes!  Modeled after her mommy's West Indians, Reagan's shoes are a big hit.  This blogger would like to see more handmade shoes for little feet.  Would you? 

Where have your Aurora Shoes taken YOU?

This little cutie is Dave's almost-one-year-old daughter, Reagan standing with a little support from her Aurora Shoe clad mama on a family trip to Chicago last week.  She took her first few steps yesterday and is going to be running around before they know it! 

Dave and his famiy were in Chicago to check out our leather supplier, the Horween Leather Company. Check back later in the week to...

Feeling Hot, Hot Hot!

It's been a hot and humid couple of weeks around Aurora.  We feel lucky to have Cayuga Lake just down the road.  When you're hot and sticky there's nothing better than a dip in the lake.
How do you cool off when summer really arrives?

Meet Aurora Shoe Co. Founder, Mary Jane Dann

If you have had the pleasure of meeting Mary Jane (or MJ as she’s known around here) then you know she’s an eclectic woman. When I met with MJ to collect information for this post, she was open and friendly and willing to share way more information than I could ever fit into one cohesive story. Suffice it to say that the Aurora Shoe Company has come to where it is today through many personal...

Aurora Shoes in Washington, DC

We loved this great shot of Aurora Shoes in our nation's capitol.  Pete, the shoe's owner and a local transplant living in DC writes, "I've outfitted several of my friends from college with Aurora Shoes, and they've taken them all around the world, as have mine".  

Thanks for sharing, Pete!

Where have YOUR Aurora Shoes taken YOU?

Where Have Your Aurora Shoes Taken YOU?

San Francisco, CA

Sara, a Wells alum and long time Aurora Shoe wearer writes:

"Here's a recent picture of my Aurora Shoes in San Francisco- that's the Bay Bridge.  These shoes have been to Spain, Ireland, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, Mexico, Belize, Bahamas, St. Maarten, St. John and probably a couple of other places I've forgotten.

I bought my Aurora shoes in 1994 before heading to Spain...

Shoe Spotting in Japan

Dave has been on exchange in Japan since the end of March.  He hasn't had many opportunities to email, but has found the time to share some photos of his journey. 
As you may know, Aurora Shoes have become very popular in Japan.  We all wondered if he'd spot many while there.  If these photos are any indication, they're not very hard to find.  
It's customary to remove one's shoes before entering a...

Meet Bill

As we near the end of our Meet the Staff series, we'd like to introduce you to a member of the original 3 person crew.  Bill came into this business at the very beginning and has been with us ever since.  He's a guy of many talents (not just around here, as you'll see below) and a person whom the Aurora Shoe Company definitely wouldn't be the same without.

Bill grew up on a farm in Aurora and has...

Shine those Shoes up for Spring

If you're like us, you're finding yourself with muddy shoes more often than you'd like.  Next time you stoop to wipe the mud off, why not give them a quick polish too?  Regular polishing with natural oils keeps the leather in our shoes soft and supple and helps them to retain their shape and luster.  

Here's a quick before and after of my oldest pair of Aurora Shoes. Can you believe I've been...

An All American Send Off

Dave departed for his month long trip to Japan on Saturday afternoon and arrived safely in Osaka this morning.  In true Binns family fashion, he was treated to a Friday night farewell dinner of pizza and wings.
We hear he was greeted in Osaka with sushi.
 images via Inventor Spot

I bet it wasn't Obama face sushi.  Now THAT would have been a warm (and totally hysterical) welcome!

Click on Journey to...

Where Have Your Aurora Shoes Taken YOU?

Dave's sister-in-law, Melissa shared these photos of herself wearing her Auroras while working on project at MacKenzie-Childs, a local business specializing in hand painted ceramics and home decor.  If you have never heard of MacKenzie-Childs, or have never seen it with your own eyes, then make the trip to Aurora and check it out.
As Melissa shares, these benches are being painted for a community...

Check Us Out @ The Green Phone Booth

Sometimes you stumble upon something that makes you feel great and you want to share it. We found ourselves mentioned on a great eco-blog called The Green Phone Booth. Read their thoughts on why Aurora Shoes are worth buying here.

In a time where planned obsolescence is the norm, we take pride in making shoes in classic styles that last and that only feel better with age.

Dave Prepares to say Sayonara!

A street shot of Osaka, where Dave will be heading in March

Several months ago Dave was one of five young New York professionals chosen to take part in a Group Study Exchange hosted by Rotary International. He has been attending meetings and attempting to learn basic language skills in preparation for a four week trip to Japan. While in Japan, Dave will stay with a Japanese host family and will...

Where Have Your Aurora Shoes Taken YOU?

Cupertino, California
We received this photo from Linda in Palo Alto, California and couldn't wait to share it. She writes, "Since I got my new shoes I've worn them daily! I've decided to buy only one more pair in black and they will be officially the only shoes I wear".
This picture of Linda's feet was taken while hiking at the Stevens Creek Reservoir in Cupertino, California.Don't you just...
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