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Old 04-17-2019, 06:06 AM
 
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Dexter shoes were once a very large shoe manufacturer in the US, located in Dexter Maine. Due to cheap foreign imports, the iconic shoe maker closed in the early 2000s. Warren Buffet was heavily invested in Dexter and called it one of his biggest mistakes.


Due to the plant closing, most of the citizens of Dexter, Maine were left unemployed. The former CEO of the company bought many assets of Dexter and started a handmade shoe line - Maine Sole. The new company, although much smaller, employs many of those laid off from Dexter.


Maine Sole makes great handmade shoes at a lower cost than what one would pay for similar shoes made in Europe. I have bought a couple of pair and love them.


If you want great handmade shoes at a reasonable price and help a US city, check out MAINE SOLE shoes on the net.


I am not involved in the company at all, but am just a consumer who likes their product and would like to see a US company revived for the benefit of the workers and their community.


Check it out.
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Old 04-17-2019, 07:03 AM
 
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Thanks! When I'm looking for things made in the US, I do an internet search on "(product) made in the USA". Well, other than electronics, which are virtually all made in China. My computer bag, my backpack, and the few items of clothing I bought in the last year are all US-made. I own 3 pair of boots, also US- made (Lucchese and Justin). It's good to know this alternative exists for shoes.

You may pay more up front but you're supporting fair labor conditions and probably buying better-quality items that will last longer and not end up in a landfill after a year.
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Old 04-17-2019, 07:05 AM
 
Location: northern New England
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Don't some of New Balance's shoes come from the US?
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Old 04-17-2019, 11:08 PM
 
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https://www.usalovelist.com/american...e-source-list/
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Old 04-18-2019, 12:04 AM
 
Location: South Australia
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I hav been buying all of my shoes from a local manufacturer's factory outlet for about 30 years. These days I only need 3 pairs; zip up boots, sandals , black sneakers. .Only the boots are still made here, but the rest are still good quality.

I don't really count my UGG boots, which are made locally by another company. These boots come to just under my knees, and are only worn inside, in winter. I have never been able to see Uggs as anything other than pug ugly, and unsuited for wearing in public

I mourn the days when I had hand lasted English Nortons, in kid leather. Like slipping gloves on the feet. Thin leather, didn't last long .

OT ; Two unusual leathers; Emu, which comes dyed in many colours ,and kangaroo, thin but very strong. Has been used in lining Hockey boots.


Available on Ebay:

https://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_...ather&_sacat=0


https://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_...ather&_sacat=0
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Old 04-18-2019, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Baltimore
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If you want quality American made shoes you should look for a local shoemaker. The quality from a shoemaker is much better than any mass produced shoe on the market today. It will also fit you perfectly and is a much better investment.
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Old 04-20-2019, 11:25 AM
 
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[quote=VTsnowbird;54961897]Don't some of New Balance's shoes come from the US?[/QUO
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Old 04-20-2019, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
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Allen Edmonds still makes their shoes in the good old USA.
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Old 04-20-2019, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Alden shoes
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alden_Shoe_Company

SAS Shoes (super comfy)
https://www.sasshoes.com/history/history-heritage.html

If you have superwide feet, this company carries some American brands as well.
About Us | Hitchcock Wide Shoes
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Old 04-20-2019, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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Alden shoes
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alden_Shoe_Company

SAS Shoes (super comfy)
https://www.sasshoes.com/history/history-heritage.html

If you have superwide feet, this company carries some American brands as well.
About Us | Hitchcock Wide Shoes
I'll check out SAS the next time I need orthopedic. I've been wearing Ecco.
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