Saturday, May 16, 2015

Shoes!

This spring, Jackson & Connor revived our shoe program, which was effectively dead for 5 years. The main problem we faced as a small business (with a limited amount of floor space) was that our shoe companies didn't really want to play ball with the little guy. They want huge order minimums, size minimums, and/or dollar minimums that we were unable to keep up with...especially since there wasn't room in the budget for those kinds of demands as well as clothing demands (and you don't need to store clothes in boxes).

But in those five years, we've had so many folks come in trying just trying to find a pair of nice shoes. We've had so many folks in search of the right shoe -- not your basic, run-of-the-mill gummy-soled, chunky shoe...they something a little nicer, a little more special (even if you're looking for something more casual). "Where can I find something like that?" And we'd have to turn you away.

Search no more. Jackson & Connor is excited to introduce Lloyd Shoes and BedStu, two new lines for us here at the shop making incredible shoes. The Lloyd line is nothing short of remarkable. Started in the late 1800's, this company has endured the test of time and sells a million pair of shoes in Germany alone every year (not counting for any other part of Europe, or North America, where they've started to branch out). These shoes are a godsend -- they're Goodyear welted (so you can resole them over and over again), with either rubber or leather soles (depending on your preference), and they mold to the shape of your foot within a day. The pairs Will has purchased molded to his feet in about three hours. and the feel is so comfortable.

While Lloyd makes some neat casual shoes, we prefer them for their dressier models...perfect for a suit, sport coat/trouser combination and the like. You can even spiff up their suedes...take a look:


     



     



BedStu on the other hand is not nearly as dressy. This is a much more denim-oriented line, that starts with a dressier shoe that is then hand-distressed and burnished. They have a unique bend in the toe that also puts them in a more relaxed category of shoe, especially with that lightly weathered look. We wanted to balance the shoe offering between a line that was more formal, and another that is more casual. BedStu provides us with that level of casual shoe that you can also dress up if you want. But don't kid yourself -- while the BedStu shoes are at a more competitive price point, they don't skimp on quality. When you pick one of these up, it's quickly clear that you're holding a solid hunk of shoe. It's a durable shoe that also boasts a Goodyear welt...so when you invest your dollars in these shoes, you're purchasing years of potential wearability. We're all about quality for the dollars, and both of these lines deliver. Take a peek at what we've got from BedStu: