Our Philosophy

Some of the finest footwear ever made, was produced by skilled hands in the latter part of the nineteenth century -- before the wide spread use of machinery was introduced. Boots and shoes made by hand were often more durable and more attractive than anything being produced today. We do not believe that it is necessary to acquire expensive and specialized machinery to create boots and shoes of lasting beauty. To the contrary, it is our belief that such devices tend to forever separate the craftsman from the skills and sensitivity which is essential to good bootmaking. As a consequence our approach is to stress theory and understanding while teaching skills.While not necessarily or completely disavowing the use of machinery, many of the techniques that we teach have their origins in centuries old traditions and rely heavily on honing a certain keenness of eye and hand.

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for more information contact: D.W. Frommer II -- Bootmaker