As the daughter of an Irish immigrant I’m proud to say that I have my mother to thank for my ambitions as a sandal maker. During my childhood she expressed personal and cultural creativity by knitting, quilting or sewing for our family. My mother imparted this creativity and ingenuity so deeply valued in Irish culture in me, teaching me to work with my hands, and inspiring me to explore my own artistic interest. From this foundation I developed a fascination with designing and producing my own apparel. My cultural heritage and love for design laid the foundation for my shoe making career.
From its humble beginnings, StrongToe Shoe Company has grown one sole at a time, keeping comfort and durability in mind. Using age old techniques, I take great strides to ensure the highest quality craftsmanship goes into each shoe. They are constructed to endure the test of time, the elements, and miles of wear. Every step of the shoe making process is done here in our shop. Each shoe is the result of a process that begins with hand cutting of leather soles, straps and rubber, and ends to the assembly and packaging of our finished product. Our control over the production process ensures StrongToe’s ability to custom fit and finish each shoe to the customer’s liking, whatever the specifications. Our integrity is reflected in our shoes, and we stand behind our processes and products.
Shoes for The People and Their Sole.
Shoes accompany us on our daily journey, connecting us to the earth, while reflecting individual character. We view shoes as a tool for the sole that enhance our daily routine, inspiring our slogan “Shoes for The People and Their Sole.” To create shoes for the sole we aim for the best in practicality, comfort and design. All of our designs are handworked as wearable expressions of art. Our company’s commitment to the creative process has resulted in footwear inspired from by our environment, ranging from Greek Isles to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Our sandals names reflect these inspirations. Wanting to share my passion for creating footwear for people who have grown accustomed to mass produced footwear has resulted in the fusion of modern and traditional styles, while staying true to the centuries old craft of shoe making.