Our Story

Through the Years, Quality and Craftsmanship have been Paramount to our Success.

Hand Crafted in Port Washington, Wisconsin

Some things remain timeless. That's how we feel about our traditional 212-step manufacturing process that has been the basis for handcrafting Allen Edmonds Goodyear welted shoes since 1922.

This American Story Began in 1922

In 1922, Allen Edmonds founder Elbert W. Allen launched his new shoe company (originally called the Allen-Spiegel Shoe Company) in Belgium, Wisconsin, less than 10 miles from our current headquarters. A family man at heart, Allen knew, as did his future partner and salesman extraordinaire, Bill "Pops" Edmonds, that to be a success they needed to stay close to their roots, knowing that the Midwestern values of hard work, honesty, humility and trust would be the cornerstones of a new kind of shoe company.

Recrafting: Everything Old is New Again, and Again

Every year we receive nearly 60,000 pairs of shoes that are sent to us by customers who have fallen in love with the fit and look of their Allen Edmonds shoes and want to continue to wear them. Recrafting is a service that repairs and restores your Allen Edmonds shoes. The 38-step process completely rebuilds the shoe including a new welt, cork and sole, plus we strip and refinish the leather uppers and add new laces. The result is that your shoes are returned looking almost brand new.

Woodlore: An Allen Edmonds Company

In 1987 Allen Edmonds opened a cedar division branded Woodlore to make cedar shoe trees and other cedar products that mirror the quality of our shoes.

Career Opportunities at Allen Edmonds

At the heart of every organization is a driving mechanism that forms the foundation upon which a company is built. At Allen Edmonds, it's the co-workers. From the skilled shoemakers on the manufacturing floor to senior management making strategic business decisions, every co-worker plays an integral role in defining the Allen Edmonds brand and the greatness associated with our products


Making an Allen Edmonds catalog is not easy. A lot of work goes into getting everything just right. We do have one advantage: the product is really photogenic. Our shoes, belts, bags, clothing and accessories scream to be photographed. As one of our photographers once said, “subjects like these make my job easy.” Didn’t get a chance to see them or trying to find a specific style? Don’t worry they are all right here.