SAS Shoes, which is an acronym for San Antonio Shoemakers, was founded in San Antonio, Texas, in 1976 by Terry Armstrong and Lew Hayden. The company is best known for making almost all their shoes right in San Antonio, with a few styles sewn by hand just across the border in Acuna, Mexico.
The company began with just 13 cobblers, making shoes the old fashioned way. In 1985, they opened a larger factory in Del Rio, Texas. A few styles are still made by hand. There are currently more than 200 SAS locations, as well as being sold by more than 100 authorized retailers. The company also has an active eCommerce site.
SAS Shoes continues to be family owned and operated. The Comfort and Support Team of SAS Shoes donates shoes to victims of natural disasters. The company states that they have donated more than 14,000 pairs of new shoes to the needy.