San Antonio Shoemakers (SAS) has taught me much recently
and caused me to ponder how I look at my feet.
Let’s face it, fast fashion has done a huge disservice to our
feet.  Of course, shoes are fun…creative…amazing
accessories.  But, bottom line, ladies,
we must be able to walk in them.  Luxury
shoe lines have offered comfort and style…however, most often, at exorbitant
prices.   Thus, we see women who walk to
work in sneakers and carry stylish heels to put on in the office.   So, finally across the board in fashion,
more and more women are living life in comfort shoes…flats, sneakers, brogues,
loafers…the classic shoe styles offered in many ways.  Podiatrists are sending a loud message…most
foot issues which develop in midlife and beyond are caused by foot abuse in
poorly constructed and improperly fit shoes.

Another thing we have allowed the fashion industry to tell
us, is that a luxury line is defined by pretty ads, shiny store fronts,
memorable logos, and European origin. 

I
have learned luxury lines are best defined by:
1.      
Heritage and the involvement of different
cultures (and YES, luxury can be MADE IN THE USA.
2.      
Craftsmanship and quality control
3.      
High end detail
4.      
High Value
5.      
Credibility and trust
By this last definition, SAS is a luxury line in every
possible way. Sure, it is found in San Antonio, Texas and the front of the
property is a classic, old fashioned general store (as I showed you yesterday),
but the product you receive is all about luxury, comfort, and classic
style.  These are shoes meant for our
active lives…perfect for travel and stylish wear… whether on the streets of Paris or
Texas.  Taste, craftsmanship, customer
service, and quality are always in style.
I visited SAS on a weekend when the main factory is closed,
but I hope to return soon for one of these tours.  In order to demonstrate the care and quality
which goes into each hand crafted shoe, I watched third generation employee, Samantha,
make a pair of children’s shoes. 
It was
fascinating, and though she says she knows not how many shoes she personally
has made, you could see the care and time Samantha takes for each little
foot.  
All of SAS shoes are crafted from
the finest Italian leathers on the market. 
Italy is one of those cultures which exudes luxury, quality and value and
to team with SAS is one way the brand says, “This is luxury.”
Craftsmanship is another marker and to watch these
shoemakers at their craft gives understanding as to why it takes weeks to
fashion a pair of shoes.  The detailing
is in hand stitching and careful molding. 
I have heard so many women lament that no one sits down and truly
measures our feet any longer.  And guess
what, my beautiful tour guide Norma (second generation employee) helped me see that I have been wearing the
wrong size shoes!   Actually, I am not
surprised.  She took careful attention to
the sizing of all five of the styles I selected to try on.  My feet were so happy…and lately, they have
been miserable!
This is the reason why…at this moment…you must go into one
of the 200 SAS locations to be properly fit and cannot purchase online.  The experience of the fit is a primary component
of this quality line.  And, currently,
these classics do not go out of style! 
The brogues and loafers with your jackets and sweaters will keep you
feeling your stylish best all season.  I will be
seen all over the city in my SAS menswear inspired leather flats….and loving it…when
the feet are happy, the rest of me is happy!!
Finally, for those visiting or living in the city…the SAS
General Store is a great place to find the markdowns.  There is a section of the store for shoes
which are slightly blemished on the leather…for each pair I picked up, I could
not find anything wrong with them…it is really slight…but helps you afford more
of these comfortable, luxurious shoes.  Now, I want to get my husband, son, and grandson a pair!!

Has fast fashion killed your feet?  Let’s get a conversation going….

In order to link up with Sacramento’s Share-in-style, I needed a Halloween themed outfit…found it in the SAS GENERAL STORE…go HERE FOR SHARE-IN-STYLE  and MONDAY MINGLE to see more fun fashion!!

Enjoy Your Last October week!!

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Disclaimer:  I was compensated for this post.  The writing and reporting is completely mine own.

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