Category Archives: shoes

Simply American Black Friday Alert!


I would sooner have a root canal without anesthetic than plan a huge shopping trip to the mall on the day after Thanksgiving.  Today I am planning a series of naps and setting aside plenty of time to savor our … Continue reading

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Out with the old, in with the new


  I bought my first pair of KEENs four years ago, about a week before going on the first Brother-in-Laws’ hike. The first Brother-in-Laws’ hike was a five-day march up the Ho River Valley to the Blue Glacier on the backside of … Continue reading

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American made for the 1%


  I’ll admit it.  I am cheap.  People who have never met me know how cheap I am.  So it is unlikely that I will ever buy any of the products featured on this post.  But that doesn’t mean you … Continue reading

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Your three for the weekend


Be like Citron! I came across an article last week that demonstrated that making all sorts of things in the States is not exactly rocket science.  The owners of the apparel firm Citron, Ricki and Aviva Wolman, decided in 2011 to … Continue reading

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An American Icon


If you follow my blog at all, you know I love American legacy brands like Allen Edmonds, Wigwam Mills, Hart Schaffner Marx, Crane Paper and Homer Loughlin China.  Well I recently discovered another iconic American firm that has been producing … Continue reading

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Reality check


One of my favorite Monty Python skits involved the Royal Society For Putting Things on top of other Things.  During the skit, John Cleese explains that his chapter of the Society has not put one thing on top of another thing in the … Continue reading

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An embarrassment of riches


Well, I have lots of goods made by members of your extended American family to tell you about.  So, in no particular order, here we go. Goruck Goruck makes all sorts of great packs, dufflebags, wallets and other assorted good.  I … Continue reading

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Now you don’t have to wear out any shoe leather finding American shoes


I know what you are thinking.  You’re thinking “what a beautiful shoe!”  And you are right to think that.  It is a beautiful shoe.  It’s an Allen Edmonds shoe made by members of our extended American family in Port Washington, … Continue reading

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They are slightly older than me


As you know, I had the great good fortune to visit the Allen Edmonds Shoe Company in September during my Mid-West research trip for my soon to be published book, Simply American, Putting Our Extended American Family Back To Work.  When I … Continue reading

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A little of this, a little of that


I like writing in-depth posts on great firms where members of our extended American family are making useful products we can use. I like writing in-depth posts on subjects like outsourcing. But sometimes I just want to unload a few little … Continue reading

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