Allen Edmonds

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Allen Edmonds Shoe Corporation
Founded1922 (1922) in Belgium, Wisconsin, United States

Allen Edmonds is an American upscale shoe manufacturing and retail company based in Port Washington, Wisconsin. The company was established in Belgium, Wisconsin in 1922.

As of the end of 2017, Allen Edmonds operates some 78 stores, an increase from 2006, when it had 18 stores.[1] It manufactures its shoes in the United States, as well as in Italy and the Dominican Republic.[2]

In 2006, 90% of the shares in the company were bought by Minneapolis-based investment firm Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison for $100 million.[3][4] In 2013, the company announced that it would be acquired by private equity firm Brentwood Associates.[5] In December 2016, Caleres acquired Allen Edmonds from Brentwood Associates for $255 million.[6]

The President is Malcolm Robinson, Robinson previously was an executive at One Jeanswear Group, Tommie Copper and Phillips Van Heusen.


Allen Edmonds gained much of its following after providing shoes to the US Army and US Navy during World War II, with many of the recipients of the shoes being loyal to the brand for the rest of their lives.[7]

Allen Edmonds is a moderately expensive brand of shoes that men typically wear for a very long time and repair rather than replace. The company offers recrafting services, rebuilding a pair of shoes for a fee, replacing soles and heels, creating a new cork base and strip, and reapplying the finish.[8] The Horween Leather Company supplies leather shells for footwear to Allen Edmonds.[9][10][11]


Pair of shoes from Allen Edmonds shoe company

As more than ninety-eight per cent of shoes sold in the U.S. are produced overseas, Allen Edmonds is among a small minority of companies that produces shoes domestically.[12] John Stollenwerk, Allen-Edmonds's retired chairman and former owner expressed a commitment to keep manufacturing in the U.S. In 2003, the company invested one million dollars—1.1% of the company's sales—in refitting their factory, which is intended to save 5% of the cost to produce each shoe. The factory has replaced assembly lines with teams of craftsmen of which each member performs several tasks. The new system reduces overtime, makes it easier to cover for absent employees, reduces the time spent picking up and putting down shoes, and reduces the number of spoiled shoes.[7]

In 2006, concerned with rising manufacturing costs and endeavoring to compete more directly with the boat shoe and handsewn market, Allen Edmonds discontinued their Lewiston, Maine manufacturing plant and moved the handsewn production to their new, company owned factory in the Dominican Republic.[13] Currently, shoe uppers for the Allen Edmonds handsewn collection are cut and sewn in the Dominican Republic.[14] The raw materials are sent there from the U.S., where the uppers are sewn together, then shipped to the factory in Port Washington, Wisconsin to complete their construction, thus allowing them to be labeled "Made in the USA." Alternatively, styles from the "ae by Allen Edmonds" collection are produced entirely in and sold as Made in the Dominican Republic. In addition to their handsewn collection, Allen Edmonds also utilizes the Dominican Republic factory to cut and sew the uppers of their Goodyear welted collection of shoes. Similarly to the "American Made" handsewns, these welted uppers are shipped to the factory in Wisconsin, where the remainder of the lasting, welting, and soling are completed.


  1. ^ Lawder, Melanie. Allen Edmonds eyes retail store growth, greater international presence and more, Milwaukee Business Journal (April 10, 2017).
  2. ^ "Allen Edmonds Loafers". Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  3. ^ US: Goldner Hawn buys majority of Allen-Edmonds,, July 21, 2006.
  4. ^ Rick Romell, Port shoe firm sold: Investors pay $100 million for Allen-Edmonds, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 21, 2006.
  5. ^ Kell, John (November 5, 2013). "Deal Struck for Men's Shoemaker". The Wall Street Journal. p. B2.
  6. ^ Garner, Stephen (December 14, 2016). "Caleres Acquires Allen Edmonds in $255 Million Deal". MR Magazine.
  7. ^ a b Aaron Nathans Allen-Edmonds Keeps Its Shoes on an American Factory Floor, The New York Times, May 29, 2004.
  8. ^ StyleFile: Taking care of business women, The Denver Post, March 19, 2009.
  9. ^ "A Brief History « Horween Leather Company". Archived from the original on July 5, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  10. ^ Horween Leather Company. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
  11. ^ Rolek, Barbara (October 27, 2003). "Horween's leather bound by tradition". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  12. ^ Wilson, Eric (April 20, 2011). "At Their Feet, Crafted by Hand". The New York Times.
  13. ^ History of Allen Edmonds Shoes
  14. ^ Kirchen, Rich (April 29, 2007). "Allen-Edmonds to open shop offshore". Milwaukee Business Journal.

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