Our History

Since day one and through the years, quality, commitment and craftsmanship
have been at the heart of our success.

An American Legacy That Began in 1922

In 1922, Allen Edmonds founder Elbert W. Allen launched his new shoe company in Belgium, Wisconsin. From the start, we became known as a “new kind of shoe company.” That’s because of Allen’s innovative manufacturing techniques to make fashionable and durable shoes that were nail-less and shankless (meaning they had no uncomfortable metal bar under the instep), which were an instant success.

Allen Edmonds company photo from 1942
Old Allen Edmonds Factory in Belgium, Wisconsin

Committed to Our Craft. True to Our Roots.

Allen Edmonds has proven itself a resilient company and success story that has survived the Great Depression, a World War, and a factory fire. From being worn on a stage as big as a presidential inauguration, to a father bringing in his son to be fitted for his first pair, Allen Edmonds is proud of the values it stands for, and the joy that comes from passing on its tradition from one generation to the next.

Old Allen Edmonds store New Allen Edmonds store