WHERE IT ALL STARTED
From the beginning, we’ve been focused on innovation. In 1922 Elbert W. Allen founded a company in Belgium, Wisconsin that made shoes with responsive cork insoles instead of the awkward metal nails and shanks used in footwear at the time. Due in part to his own abilities as a salesman, Allen’s groundbreaking designs quickly found a following with anyone who appreciated a lighter, more flexible dress shoe that was much more comfortable from the very first wear.
DEFINING AMERICAN STYLE
After supplying footwear to the US Army and Navy during WWII, we gained a life-long fanbase among returning GIs who discovered the remarkable quality of our shoes and boots while servings overseas. In the following decades as we introduced styles like our Park Avenue and Strand oxfords that remain best-sellers to this day, getting fitted for your first pair of our dress shoes became an important rite of passage for fathers to share with their sons.