What is the history of San Antonio Shoemakers?


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Terry Armstrong and Lew Hayden founded San Antonio Shoemakers, commonly known as SAS, in 1976 in San Antonio, Texas, with the goal of making comfortable hand-crafted leather shoes. The family-owned business has grown significantly since, selling men's shoes, women's shoes, and handbags in retail locations nationwide. As of 2015, each pair of SAS shoes is still handcrafted, and most are made in the United States.

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SAS shoes are manufactured in the company's original San Antonio factory and in a factory in Del Rio, Texas, that was built in 1985. SAS also has a sister plant in Acuna, Mexico, which is directly across the border from Del Rio. The company also partners with a family-owned Italian shoe manufacturer on the design and engineering of its dress shoes and ladies pumps.

The company's growth in the 1980s helped it become a national brand without any national advertising. The shoes are sold at independently owned SAS stores, including SAS Comfort Shoes and SAS Factory Shoe Stores. The soft leather comfort shoes are also available alongside other shoe brands at authorized SAS retailers. The company website encourages customers to visit a retail location or to order by phone with its customer service department. SAS shoes are not available for purchase online from the company website.

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