Outstanding in our Field


I stopped at the shop and talked Dave into a quick photo session in the south field.  The sun is shining, the wildflowers are blooming, and it's really starting to look like summer around here.   

When I think about home, and the summers that Dave and I (and our two sisters) spent together growing up, I think of wildflowers, hay barns and lots of time spent lazing around in the sunshine.  We're certainly not lazing around much anymore, and I haven't played in a hay barn in years, but the rest is exactly the same... standing in a field, less than a mile from our parents' home, soaking up the sun.  It's summer!

What about you - what sights or sounds remind you of summer?


Our Leather Goes to Summer Camp

Due to the inconsistent nature of leather, there are portions of hide that aren't optimal for shoe production.  We're left with boxes full of leather scrap and are thrilled when we can put some of that scrap to good use.  Some day we hope to come up with our own uses for the pounds of scrap that pile up, but for now, we are happy when we can put it into the hands of people who have the time and inclination to use it

April, the Director of Environmental Education at the Fern Hollow Nature Center in PA, just sent us these photos of kids using our leather to make dream catchers at their first camp of the summer season. 

What about you - any ideas for projects made from scrap leather?   We'd love to hear your ideas or share your work on our Facebook page.  Link your photos and we'll share them with our friends.


Union Store in Seoul now carrying Aurora Shoe Co. Middle English

We're thrilled to be included in the hip menswear selection at Union Store in Seoul.   We're set along side Aran sweaters, TRVR wool caps, and organic cotton neck ties.  It feels like a good (and stylish) place to be. 


10 Year Old Shoes

 There was a lot of leg lifting at Squam.  Everyone wanted to see the shoes on somebody and not just sitting on a shelf.  Thank goodness for leggings, because from behind our table, the only way to show mine off was to lift my foot up, dress and all.  I was wearing these, my warm weather favorites. 

I bought these shoes in 2002 when I was waitressing and needed a pair of comfortable black shoes to adhere to the restaurant's dress code.  Believe me when I say that they've had a lot of foot traffic.  In the 10 years I've owned these shoes, they've seen me through waitressing jobs, a teaching job, a job at a local college, and several years of mothering.  Now they're about to take me back to the classroom in the fall. 

Good quality leather gets better with age.  I wonder how they'll look after another 10?

What about you - how long have you been wearing your Auroras?


Squam Art Fair

My mom and I left on Friday afternoon and drove the seven hours north and east to Holderness, New Hampshire where the Squam Art Workshops are held.  We arrived in darkness and woke up on Saturday to the most beautiful day.  The sun was shining, the air was warm, and the scenery was beautiful - winding roads, huge boulders, and the smell of pine in the air.  I found myself feeling more relaxed than I have in a long time (I'm sure that leaving my boys at home had something to do with this) and tried to soak it all up.

I carried my camera around, but was so busy chatting and looking, that I only snapped a few photos.  What I didn't capture, and want most to share, are the people.  SAW attracts some of the most creative, sensitive and supportive women (to be fair, there were a few men there, and they were also lovely).  My mom and I both felt very welcomed and honored to be a part of this magical event.

a welcome banner at one of Maya's workshops


We did manage to take more foot tracings than expected, but that was just icing on the cake.  It was a great experience and I'm already looking forward to doing it again (though next time, I'd like to stay all week and attend the workshops). 

What about you?  Have you ever attended?  Could you use a creative retreat like this? 


Wedding Shoes

I have been holding on to this little gem of a postcard for at least a couple of years now, waiting for a good time to share it.  Today being the first day of June (wedding season?) I pulled it out and popped it into the scanner.  

I found the postcard at a local shop that carries local art and antiques.  The photographer, Jacci, was happy to give me a copy.  She took the photo in the mid 1990s.  That's Bill and MJ, who founded the Aurora Shoe Co. and are busy making shoes as I type. We are so lucky to have their expertise and knowledge around here. 

Happy June!  And have a great weekend!

p.s.  They do make good wedding shoes

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