SAS (shoemakers)

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San Antonio Shoemakers
Privately held company
PredecessorBimbi Shoe Co.
FoundedSan Antonio, Texas, USA (1976 (1976))
FounderTerry Armstrong[1]
Lew Hayden[2]
1717 SAS Drive, San Antonio, Texas, USA 78224
ProductsShoes, Purses, socks, shoe care

San Antonio Shoemakers (SAS) is an American shoe manufacturer that was founded in 1976 in San Antonio, Texas by Terry Armstrong and Lew Hayden. The company specializes in handcrafted men's and women's shoes. They are a family-owned company which manufactures their shoes in Texas, United States of America. Some shoe operations, such as hand stitching and hand lacing, are done in Acuna, Mexico on a few select SAS handbag styles.[citation needed] The majority of shoe operations are conducted at two US based factories in San Antonio, Texas and Del Rio, Texas.[citation needed]

Claim to fame[edit]

A primary selling point at SAS is their hand-crafted forms, in 88 ladies' sizes and 104 men's sizes, to provide a better fit.

Products and availability[edit]

SAS shoes are available on the Internet at They can also be purchased at SAS locations across the US and in 11 foreign countries. Their products are sold in branded SAS stores, as well as sold in numerous multi-line shoe stores.[3] SAS's primary competitors in the comfort shoe market are: Bostonian, Clarks, ECCO, and New Balance.[4]

The SAS Shoe Factory and General Store, located on the South Side of San Antonio near the intersection of SW Military Drive and S. Zarzamora Street, offers a factory tour.[5]

Disaster relief[edit]

SAS has been known to give back to the community in times of need. A team of volunteers from SAS, their "Comfort and Support Team" visit disaster areas to fit victims with free shoes when they are in need.

According to the SAS website, the Comfort and Support Team has donated over 14,000 pairs of shoes so far, along with other necessities, to victims of natural disasters.


  1. ^ "Obituary: SAS Shoes was the perfect fit for Armstrong". San Antonio Express-News. November 12, 2007. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
  2. ^ "San Antonio Shoes - Our Heritage". SAS Shoemakers. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
  3. ^ George Breithaupt (October 9, 2009). "National shoe store coming to Mount Vernon". Mount Vernon News. Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  4. ^ Mike D. Lammi (February 17, 2009). "Fitting milestone: Shotwell family has owned Miller Shoe Parlor in Jackson for 50 years". Retrieved October 11, 2009.
  5. ^ "SAS Shoe Factory and General Store Factory Tour". Retrieved October 11, 2009.

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